(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.Read More
(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!”Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More
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”.Read More
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.Read More
Pope Francis draws 15,000 to open-air Mass in Egypt weeks after deadly attacks on country’s churches
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More