Posts made in May, 2017

Veteran volunteer in Hebron: “Why do I keep coming back?”

Posted on May 27, 2017

A friend asked me that question before I left for Palestine where I work with CPT in Hebron. I told her it was because, from the first time in 1997, the Palestinian people had stolen my heart. I love being in this place with its people, their culture, the hills and the villages.

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Despite apprehension, Pope Francis and President Trump talked in a “relaxed, sincere way,” sources say

Posted on May 25, 2017

Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-TRUMP-MEET May 24, 2017

Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Gerard O’Connell | America, the Jesuit Review | May 25, 2017

President Donald J. Trump’s private meeting with Pope Francis “went well,” informed Vatican sources told America after the visit.

The sources, who asked not to be identified, acknowledged that there had been some “apprehension” on the eve of the visit, which was reflected on Francis’ face at the beginning of his first meeting with the U.S. president. But, according to these sources, the atmosphere became more relaxed during their 30-minute face-to-face conversation behind closed doors. A warmer, friendlier and at times humorous atmosphere prevailed during the subsequent presentation of the U.S. delegation and the exchange of gifts.

“Pope Francis was happy because he and the president talked in a relaxed, sincere way on the issues that they each care deeply about. He felt the meeting went well,” one source close to the pontiff told America.

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Pope Francis gave Donald Trump three important gifts

Posted on May 25, 2017

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good

Wednesday Pope Francis and Donald Trump met for the first time in Rome.

The Pope gave the President three gifts: his encyclical letter on the joy of the gospel, his encyclical letter on care for creation, and a medallion with St. Francis’s hymn on making an instrument of peace.

They each represent three areas where Francis wants to challenge Trump in his leadership of the United States.

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Peace Now: A demonstration against 50 years of occupation

Posted on May 24, 2017

Two states, One Hope

Americans for Peace Now – It has been 50 years since a great victory turned into a calamity. After 50 years of occupation, and as we reach the point of no return, Israelis are saying – enough! At 8.00 pm on Saturday, May 27th 2017, we will unite in Tel Aviv`s Rabin Square and call for two states – for the sake of a Jewish and democratic Israel, for the sake of an independent Palestine and for the end of all implications of a 50-year long occupation.

We will bring thousands of Israelis – as well as prominent public figures, artists, and musicians – to the Rabin Square with one simple message:

Enough of 50 years of occupation!

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God is no warlord claiming victory with enemies’ blood, pope says at audience after meeting with Trump

Posted on May 24, 2017

Pope Francis greets a child as he arrives for his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican May 24. (CNS/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Carol Glatz | Catholic News Service | May 24, 2017

If it seems hard to find God in this world, it is because he chooses to be with the defeated and dejected and in places where most people are loath to go, Pope Francis said.

“God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging his people to victory, debasing them in the blood of his enemies,” the pope said on May 24 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

The audience began just after Pope Francis had met U.S. President Donald Trump.

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‘I won’t forget what you said,’ Trump tells pope after meeting at Vatican

Posted on May 24, 2017

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)

Gerard O’Connell | America, the Jesuit Review  including reporting by the Associated Press | May 24, 2017

President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican City on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

Mr. Trump, midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff at the Vatican early Wednesday where the two had a private 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol. While this is the normal length of time for such face-to-face meetings with heads of states it was perhaps shorter than many had expected for this first encounter between the two world leaders.

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‘Only the Risen Lord Can Ignite the Flame Which Never Disappoints,’ Pope Tells Middle East Pilgrims

Posted on May 24, 2017

Acknowledging Their Difficulties, Francis Encourages Arabic-speaking Pilgrims at General Audience to Be Hopeful

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Deborah Castellano | Zenit | May 24, 2017

“I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Syria, the Holy Land, and Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of May 24, 2017.

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.

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Pope Francis Receives US President Donald J. Trump

Posted on May 24, 2017

Holy Father Receives Newly-elected President of United States of America


Deborah Castellano | Zenit | May 24, 2017

Pope Francis received President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, today, May 24, 2017, at about 8:30 a.m. in the Apostolic Palace, before Francis’ weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.

According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions, which lasted about 30 minutes, were cordial.

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“USA focuses on dialogue between faiths for peace in the Middle East”

Posted on May 23, 2017

Archbishop Pizzaballa on the White House’s new approach: “Riad may play a decisive role in the conflict between Arab countries and Israel”

Archbishop Pizzaballa

by Andrea Totnielli | La Stampa | Rome | May 23, 2017

Understanding that dialogue between religions is a key part of the Middle Eastern mosaic “is an important and positive step.” Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, comments with the Press US President’s speech at Riyadh.

Trump has resumed the dialogue between Muslims, Jews and Christians to solve the dramatic situation in the Middle East. What is you opinion?

“The fact that politics have understood that interreligious dialogue is an important part of the Middle Eastern mosaic is an important and positive step. In the past, the religious element was set aside as considered a reason for division. In some measure, unfortunately, it is true, but that is why it is important to include the religious context, although this makes everything more difficult.”

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Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest

Posted on May 23, 2017

Eucharist. Credit: Alexey Gotovskyi /CNA

Eucharist. Credit: Alexey Gotovskyi /CNA

Karamlesh, Iraq, May 23, 2017 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News) – Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the imminent invasion of Islamic State terrorists in his hometown.

Now, he is returning to his native village as a priest, ready to serve the people through the Eucharist.

On August 6, 2014, Baani received a call from a friend who warned that a nearby village had fallen into the hands of ISIS, and that his hometown of Karamlesh would be next.

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