Posts made in April, 2017

Pope Francis in-flight presser after Egypt visit

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Pope Francis talks to journalists during an inflight press conference on his return from Egypt - EPA

Pope Francis talks to journalists during an inflight press conference on his return from Egypt – EPA

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday evening, during his return from Egypt, held his traditional inflight “press conference” with journalists onboard the Papal plane touching on a wide range of issues.

Amongst the topics elaborated upon, he spoke of his concern for the North Korea crisis for which he urged diplomatic mediation, of the phenomenon of populism in Europe and across the world and of the dramatic situation of forced migrants and refugees in many refugee camps.

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Pope Francis in Cairo: impromptu exchange with young people

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Pope Francis greets young people gathered in front of the Nunciature in Cairo, 28 April 2017

Pope Francis greets young people gathered in front of the Nunciature in Cairo, 28 April 2017

(Vatican Radio) Friday evening saw an unscripted moment between Pope Francis and a group of some three hundred young people gathered in the small square before the entrance to the Apostolic Nunciature in Cairo, where the Holy Father stayed the night between Friday and Saturday.

After supper, the Holy Father went to greet the young people gathered the square, saying, “Good evening to you all, I’m glad to find you!”

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Pope to Egypt’s priests and religious: be sowers of hope and dialogue

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Pope Francis meets with priests, religious and seminarians in Cairo at the conclusion of his April 28th-29th visit to Egypt - RV

Pope Francis meets with priests, religious and seminarians in Cairo at the conclusion of his April 28th-29th visit to Egypt – RV

 

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday told Egypt’s priests, religious and seminarians to be sowers of hope, builders of bridges and agents of dialogue, despite the many difficulties they face.

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Catholics and Copts must speak “the common language of charity”

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Pope Francis meets with Coptic Pope Tawadros II, calling for closer cooperation between the two Churches - RV

Pope Francis meets with Coptic Pope Tawadros II, calling for closer cooperation between the two Churches – RV

(Vatican Radio) In a meeting with Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader Pope Tawadros II on Friday, Pope Francis said the two communities must oppose violence and work more closely together to witness to Christ in the world.

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Pope Francis: Egypt’s unique role in the Middle East

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

Pope Francis shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, in Cairo - AP

(Vatican Radio) In his address to leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, Pope Francis focused on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East.

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WCC sees signing of baptism agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as ‘sign of hope’

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

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WCC sees signing of baptism agreement between Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II as ‘sign of hope’

Apr 30, 2017

Pope Francis and Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt have taken a significant ecumenical step by signing a common declaration that Roman Catholics and Copts recognize each other’s baptisms. The agreement is, in the eyes of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a “sign of hope”.

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Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land: Prisoners’ Hunger Strike

Posted on Apr 29, 2017

COMMISSION JUSTICE AND PEACE
ASSEMBLY OF CATHOLIC ORDINARIES OF THE HOLY LAND

PRISONERS’ HUNGER STRIKE

He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives. (Lk 4: 18)
I was in prison and you came to see me. (Mt 25: 36)

More than 1500 (out of 6500) Palestinian political prisoners have begun an open hunger strike, initiated on April 17,2017. The aim of this desperate act is to shed light, both locally and internationally, on the inhuman conditions in which they are detained by the Israeli Authorities. They plead for the respect of their human rights and dignity as recognized by international law and the Geneva Convention, and the end of administrative detention.

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Pope Francis draws 15,000 to open-air Mass in Egypt weeks after deadly attacks on country’s churches

Posted on Apr 29, 2017

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by Morgan Windsor,Terry Moran, and Clark Benton | GMA | April 29, 2017

Pope Francis drew a crowd of 15,000 to an open-air Mass in Egypt on his last day visiting the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, where Christians and their churches have been the target of recent attacks by Islamic militants.

Francis led the Mass on Saturday in Cairo at the country’s Air Defense Stadium, which has a capacity of 25,000. In his homily, Francis urged attendees to be good to their fellow Egyptians and not be hypocritical in their faith, saying “the only fanaticism believers can have is that of charity.”

It was Francis’ first papal visit to Egypt, where Catholics haven’t seen a pope on their soil since St. John Paul II visited in 2000.

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Piety, Power, and Politics in Turkey

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

Young women take selfie photographs in front of the New Mosque by the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey January 12, 2016.

Young women take selfie photographs in front of the New Mosque by the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey January 12, 2016.

by Nick Danforth | Foreign Affairs

On display at the Smithsonian’s Sackler gallery earlier this year was “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.” The exhibit featured a number of lavishly decorated Korans collected by the Ottoman Empire during its six-century rule over much of the Muslim world. One, seized by Suleiman the Magnificent from the tomb of a long-dead Mongol ruler, has sprawling gold medallions set amidst lines of multi-colored calligraphy. Another, read with unknowable results for the salvation of Selim the Second’s soul, features whimsical foliage-like shapes interlocked above a deep lapis lazuli background.

But beyond the beauty of the books on display, their history is also illuminating. Whereas commentators frequently describe modern Turkey as torn by a rivalry between secularism and Islamism, this exhibit inadvertently reveals the complex ways in which the two ideologies always co-existed. In Turkey, as elsewhere, religion has always been important to even the most secular governments, and power remains important to even the most religious.

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Galilee: Sacramental preparations for marriage well underway

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

Photo: A. K.

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem | Nazareth

Just before Holy Week, a group of engaged couples from Nazareth attended a meeting with Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel, as part of their marriage preparations. The bishop spoke with them on the “Theology of Marriage.”

Everyone knows the excesses that the modern family can encounter and experience. Everyone also knows the efforts being undertaken by the Church to seriously prepare engaged couples, especially after the recent Synods of Bishops on the family and through Amoris Laetitia, the exhortation of Pope Francis.

For the marriage preparations, the papal exhortation strongly encourages formation courses. This is not new in the Church of the Holy Land, which had already made this preparation mandatory with the Diocesan Pastoral Synod. Now it is a pastoral activity carried out in all Catholic parishes.

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