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Cardinal Filoni to Represent Pope in Iraq Crisis

August 10, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Filoni to Represent Pope in Iraq Crisis
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Francis Names Special Envoy to Assure Suffering Minorities of Church’s Solidarity Vatican City, August 08, 2014 (Zenit.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov With the escalating crisis in Iraq, Pope Francis has decided to name a personal envoy to assure Christians and other minorities suffering at the hands of Islamic militants of his spiritual closeness and the Church’s solidarity. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, announced briefly this afternoon that Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, will represent the Holy Father to Iraq. The situation facing Christians in Iraq has gotten increasingly worse, following the expansion of the forces of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) to the plain of Nineveh.  In July, an…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: Appeal For Iraqi Christians

August 9, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: Appeal For Iraqi Christians
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(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father’s prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence. In the statement, Fr. Lombardi says, “The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from northern Iraq, which involve defenseless populations. Christian communities are particularly affected: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region.” The statement goes on to say, “The Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to all those who are suffering through this painful trial, and makes the impassioned…Continue Reading

Statement on Iraq Made by Vatican Press Office Director on Behalf of Pope Francis

August 8, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Statement on Iraq Made by Vatican Press Office Director on Behalf of Pope Francis
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“The Pope appeals to the conscience of all, and, to every believer, he repeats: ‘May the God of peace arouse in all a genuine desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is not defeated by violence. Violence is defeated with peace!”” Vatican City, August 07, 2014 (Zenit.org) At the conclusion of today’s press conference on the Pope’s apostolic trip to South Korea next week, Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, gave the following statement on Iraq, on behalf of Pope Francis: The Holy Father follows with heartfelt concern the tragic news coming from the north of Iraq, which affects defenseless populations. Particularly hit are the Christian communities: a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that these days…Continue Reading

General Audience: Pope prays for China earthquake victims and Middle East peace

August 7, 2014 breaking Comments Off on General Audience: Pope prays for China earthquake victims and Middle East peace
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2014-08-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) In the first General Audience since his summer break Pope Francis resumed his Catechesis on the Church and the People of God, but his mind was also on the tensions and recent conflict in the Middle East and an earthquake in China which last Sunday left hundreds dead and over two thousand injured. Expressing his closeness to the people of the province of Yunnan, the Holy Father offered his prayers for the victims and their families, for those injured and those who lost homes in the disaster. Earlier greeting pilgrims from the Middle East he asked those present to “pray hard for peace” in the region”. He made the plea in the Paul the VI…Continue Reading

Pope Resumes Catechesis At General Audience

August 6, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Resumes Catechesis At General Audience
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2014-08-06 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his General Audience this Wednesday in the Paul VI hall where he was joined by thousands of faithful. Below are the Pope’s remarks read aloud in English Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In today’s Audience we resume our catechesis on the Church, the People of God.  Prepared for in the Old Testament and established by Christ in the fullness of time, the Church is a new people, founded on a new covenant.  The newness brought by Christ does not set aside what went before, but brings it to completion.  In the Scriptures, Saint John the Baptist is a bridge between the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament and their fulfilment in the…Continue Reading

Archbishop of Jos Speaks of Boko Haram, Living With Fear and Faith in Nigeria

August 5, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Archbishop of Jos Speaks of Boko Haram, Living With Fear and Faith in Nigeria
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Explains ‘Dialogue of Life’ With Muslims New York, August 04, 2014 (Zenit.org) Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference, recently spent a few days in New York—a brief respite from his increasingly violence-ridden country, where the jihadists of Boko Haram continue to kill indiscriminately, Muslims and Christians alike. Within the span of a week in late July, the group set off two bombs that killed 100; an assault on a Catholic church in the city of Kano left five dead; and, in a highly disturbing development, young girls as young as 10 are becoming suicide bombers. Meanwhile, July 30 marked the 100th day since Boko Haram’s kidnapping of nearly 300 young girls, most of them Christians. The archbishop…Continue Reading

Pope At Angelus: Compassion, Generosity, Gratitude

August 4, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope At Angelus: Compassion, Generosity, Gratitude
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2014-08-03 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered beneath a dreary, drizzly early August sky in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday, the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, on which the account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes from the Gospel according to St. Matthew (14:13-21) is proclaimed. It was on the Lord Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand that the Holy Father focused his remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion at midday. Pope Francis chose three specific lessons from the episode: compassion; sharing; thanksgiving – a foreshadowing of the great Sacrament of Thanksgiving, the Eucharist. “Christ” said Pope Francis, “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Marks Feast Of St Peter Faber SJ

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2014-08-02 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis marked the first-ever Feast of St. Peter Faber on Saturday, with a Mass to which several young Jesuit priests were invited. St. Peter Faber was one of the original company that formed around St Ignatius Loyola, and eventually became the Society of Jesus. He was the first Jesuit to receive ordination to the priesthood. St. Ignatius, himself, recognized in Fr. Peter the first great master and leader of the Jesuits’ signature Spiritual Exercises. The head of Vatican Radio’s German service, Fr. Bernd Hagenkord, SJ, spoke with one of the young Jesuits invited to Mass with Pope Francis. Fr. Franciscus Wawansitiadi SJ of the Philippines told Vatican Radio, “[Pope Francis] came like a brother,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis Celebrates Feast Of Saint Ignatius With Jesuits

August 2, 2014 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis Celebrates Feast Of Saint Ignatius With Jesuits
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2014-08-02 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Feast of Saint Ignatius on Thursday by making a surprise visit for dinner at the Jesuit General Curia, which is located on the Borgo Santa Spirito just outside of Vatican City. Pope Francis arrived in his Ford Focus, and greeted several passers-by outside the front door of the offices of the Jesuit Curia before going inside. According to a statement issued by the Jesuits, the visit was wholly private, and quite simple. The Pope joined the community for the meal in the refectory, then in the recreation room for coffee, for friendly conversation, and to greet each person personally. The statement also said the seven brothers and sisters of Father Paolo…Continue Reading

UK’s Supreme Court Makes Unprecedented Advances to Legalize Assisted Suicide

August 1, 2014 breaking Comments Off on UK’s Supreme Court Makes Unprecedented Advances to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Concerns Raised: Laws Should Be Based on Common Sense, Not Misguided Feelings London, July 31, 2014 (Zenit.org) By Robert Clarke of Alliance Defending Freedom The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision at the end of June concerning assisted suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice; R (AM) v. DPP, the court ruled that Britain’s law, which criminalizes assisted suicide, should not be declared incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. This joint case related to three severely disabled men who want or wanted to commit suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice, Tony Nicklinson (who died during the proceedings and whose case was continued by his widow) and Paul Lamb argued that the law should…Continue Reading