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« Reply #1700 on: July 17, 2014, 09:58:59 PM »

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-to-make-two-trips-to-italian-city-of-caserta-75929/

Pope Francis to make two trips to Italian city of Caserta

Vatican City, Jul 17, 2014 / 07:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living, in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend.

In a statement released July 17, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has added a day onto his already-planned trip to the city of Caserta in the Campania region of Italy to visit Pastor Giovanni Traettino, who is an old friend from his time in Buenos Aires.

The pontiff will travel to Caserta on the afternoon of July 26, where he has accepted the invitation of the diocese’s bishop, Giovanni D'Avise. Upon his arrival, the Pope will meet with local Catholics and celebrate Mass for the feast of St. Ann, most likely in the park of the Royal Palace of Caserta.

He will then make the trip back to Rome that evening so that he can recite the Angelus prayer with faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, as he does every week.

The following day, July 28, the Bishop of Rome will return to Caserta to pay a private visit to his longtime friend, Evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino, and his community.
 
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« Reply #1701 on: July 17, 2014, 10:11:43 PM »

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/has-pope-francis-reached-a-decision-on-medjugorje-7-things-to-know-and-shar

Has Pope Francis reached a decision on Medjugorje: 7 things to know and share
by Jimmy Akin  Thursday, July 17, 2014 9:12 PM



1) What is the source of the claim?
Fr. Kevin Devine, an American priest who has said English-language Masses in Medjugorje for a number of years made the claim after such a Mass on June 25th.

2) Where did he get his information?
From Fr. Miljenko Steko, the Franciscan provincial of the territory in which Medjugorje is located.

3) What did he say?
According to Medjugorje Today:

“Recently, the Provincial of the Franciscans here in Medjugorje (Fr. Miljenko Steko, ed.) was in Rome for a meeting of Superiors of religious communities. In the course of that stay in Rome, he along with so many others had a few moments personally with Pope Francis” Fr. Kevin Devine began his account of Fr. Miljenko Steko’s meeting with the Pope.

“Pope Francis was standing there, welcoming them, and the Provincial said ”I am the Provincial of the area in which Medjugorje is located.” And the Holy Father’s response was: ”Pray that I have made the right decision”. And we are happy for that and we continue to pray that his decision will be announced soon, and of course we are sure that his discernment and his decision-making is guided especially by the Holy Spirit. But keep those prayers going” Fr. Kevin Devine continued.

4) How reliable is this report?
It is difficult to say. There have been reports before, including before Pope Benedict resigned, that a decision had been made, but thus far no decision has been announced.

It is worth noting that the information is being reported third-hand. Rather than a statement from Pope Francis, we have it at two removes, and that is reason for caution.

On the other hand, the request for prayer is characteristic of Pope Francis.

It could be true. We’ll have to wait and see.
 
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« Reply #1702 on: July 18, 2014, 08:57:24 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/18/pope_sends_message_to_mark_amia_bombing/1103061

Pope sends Message to mark AMIA bombing
18/07/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a Message to the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) to mark the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of the AMIA centre in Buenos Aires, which killed eighty-five people and wounded hundreds of others. The incident remains the worst terrorist attack in Argentina's history. Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis' Message in English.
 
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« Reply #1703 on: July 18, 2014, 09:00:03 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/18/pope_francis_sends_message_to_gaza’s_christians/1103058

Pope Francis sends message to Gaza’s parish priest and the Christian community
18/07/2014

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has written a personal message to the parish priest of Gaza, Father Jorge Hermandez, a fellow Argentinian, saying he is keeping the territory’s Christian community in his prayers.  In his message the Pope offered words of comfort and assured them he was praying for them all.
 
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« Reply #1704 on: July 18, 2014, 09:09:21 PM »

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http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-prays-for-malaysia-airlines-victims-in-ukrain

Pope prays for Malaysia Airlines victims in Ukraine
2014-07-18 Vatican Radio



  "The Holy Father, Pope Francis has learned with dismay of the tragedy of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft downed in east Ukraine, a region marked by high tensions. He raises prayers for the numerous victims of the incident and for their relatives, and renews his heartfelt appeal to all parties in the conflict to seek peace and solutions through dialogue, in order to avoid further loss of innocent human lives."
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« Reply #1705 on: July 18, 2014, 09:15:17 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/18/pope_francis_phones_israeli,_palestinian_presidents/1103046

Pope Francis phones Israeli, Palestinian presidents
18/07/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has telephoned the presidents of Israel and Palestine. A Communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See explains that the purpose of the calls was to voice concern over the violent conflict that has been underway for more than a week between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza. Below, please find the Vatican Information Service’s English translation of the Communiqué.
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Following last Sunday’s heartfelt appeal for continued prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this morning the Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres of Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas of Palestine to share his very serious concerns regarding the current situation of conflict involving in particular the Gaza Strip which, in a climate of growing hostility, hatred and suffering for the two populations, is claiming many victims and giving rise to a serious humanitarian emergency.
 

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« Reply #1706 on: July 18, 2014, 09:20:49 PM »

http://www.jpost.com/Operation-Protective-Edge/Peres-to-Pope-Francis-Extremist-are-the-cause-of-suffering-in-Gaza-363368

Peres to Pope Francis: Extremists are the cause of suffering in Gaza
07/18/2014 14:03

In a phone call to President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis expressed his concern for the lives of innocent civilians in the ongoing conflict in Israel and the Gaza Strip.

Peres assured the pope that Israel is doing everything it can to find a peaceful solution and that terrorist entities and extremists bear responsibility for the current suffering in Gaza.

Peres thanked Pope Francis for his involvement and concern, saying, "We are currently under fire from rocket attacks by a terrorist group in Gaza."

"The residents of Gaza are not our enemies and we don't want to see them suffer. Gazans themselves did not choose the situations they are currently in," Peres told the Pope adding that, "The purpose of our work is to put an end to the tactics which terrorists have developed - rockets in the sky and tunnels under the ground. In recent days Israel has discovered two underground tunnels which allowed terrorists to reach into the heart of towns and kill civilians indiscriminately."

"Luckily we prevented murder," said Peres.
 
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« Reply #1707 on: July 18, 2014, 09:24:22 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/18/pontifical_dialogue_council_sends_ramadan_message/1103044

Pontifical Dialogue Council sends Ramadan Message
18/07/2014

(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a Message to Muslims to mark the conclusion of the month of Ramadan. The theme of the Message is: Towards a Genuine Fraternity between Muslims and Christians. “Our contemporary world faces grave challenges which call for solidarity on the part of all people of good will,” writes the Council’s President, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, noting threats to the environment, the crisis of the global economy and high levels of unemployment – particularly youth unemployment – as some of those challenges.
 
The Message goes on to cite also the problems faced by so many families which have been separated, leaving behind loved ones and often small children. “Let us work together,” writes Cardinal Tauran, “to build bridges of peace and promote reconciliation especially in areas where Muslims and Christians together suffer the horror of war,” and, “may our friendship inspire us always to cooperate in facing these many challenges with wisdom and prudence.”
 
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« Reply #1708 on: July 19, 2014, 07:43:56 PM »

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/983/0/plans-for-joint-commemorations-of-reformation-unravel-as-protestants-accused-of-slapping-catholics-in-the-face

Plans for joint commemorations of Reformation unravel as Protestants accused of slapping Catholics in the face
18 July 2014 12:55

A bitter clash between the Catholic Church and the Lutherans in Germany is threatening the planned joint celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

The row revolves around the failure of the German Protestant Church (EKD) to mention the historic 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, in its “position paper” on the ­theological foundation of the Reformation, which was published in May. The 1999 declaration is seen as a milestone in Catholic-Lutheran relations, and the omission has seriously endangered ecumenical dialogue.

The omission was criticised by the former president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, last month (see The Church in the World, 21 June).

Since then, feelings have been running high and on 10 July Bishop Heinz Josef Algermissen, deputy chairman of the German bishops’ conference’s ecumenical commission, publicly stated that he was “incensed and disappointed” by the position paper. Referring to the 2017 Reformation commemoration he added, “I really cannot actually see a reason for celebrating anything together any longer.”


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« Reply #1709 on: July 19, 2014, 07:52:10 PM »

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http://www.news.va/en/news/iraqi-patriarch-for-the-first-time-in-the-history

Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians 
2014-07-19 Vatican Radio



(Vatican Radio) The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan.

The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed.  Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city.

“For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians,”  said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency.
 

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« Reply #1710 on: July 19, 2014, 07:56:43 PM »

http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/world-news/detail/articolo/iraq-irak-irak-35353/

07/19/2014
Iraq: Islamic extremists burn down Syro-Catholic bishopric in Mosul

The situation Christians are facing in Iraq is becoming increasingly dramatic. ISIS extremists have burned down the Syro-Catholic bishopric in Mosul, the Patriarch of the Syro-Catholic Church, Ignace Joseph III Younan told Vatican Radio in a statement condemning the act. This morning the patriarch met with the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, in the Vatican. Pope Francis is following the developments in Iraq closely and with great concern as Christians are struggling to survive. After almost two thousand years, there are now no Christians left in Mosul.

“The latest news is devastating,” Patriarch Younan told Vatican Radio. “We regretfully repeat what we have always said: religion and politics should not be mixed together. If there is enmity between Shiites, Sunnis and whoever else, this is no reason to attack innocent Christians and other minorities in Mosul and elsewhere. Nor is it a reason to destroy places of worship, churches, bishoprics or parishes in the name of a so-called terrorist organization which will not listen to reason and has no conscience. With regret, we announce that our archbishopric in Mosul has been completely burnt down: manuscripts and the library have gone; And threats have already been issued: if Christians don’t convert to Islam, they will be killed. It is terrible! This brings shame on the entire international community.”
 
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« Reply #1711 on: July 20, 2014, 08:05:33 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/20/pope_francis_prays_for_peace_in_the_middle_east/1103115

Pope Francis prays for peace in the Middle East
20/07/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul and in other parts of the Middle East.

Speaking after the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope turned his thoughts to those Christians who are now persecuted in the lands they have lived since the beginning of Christianity, offering - he said - a precious contribution to the good of society.


“Today our brothers are persecuted” – the Pope said – "they are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”

And, assured them of his closeness and constant prayer he said: “My dear brothers and sisters who are persecuted, I know how much you suffer; I know that you are deprived of all. I am with you in faith in He who conquered evil”.

The Pope then appealed to all – to those present in the Square and far beyond – to persevere in praying for peace in all situations of tension and conflict in the world, and he especially mentioned the Middle East and Ukraine.

“May the God of peace” – Francis said – “arouse in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence cannot be overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace!”
 

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« Reply #1712 on: July 20, 2014, 08:13:02 PM »

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-s-angelus-address-for-july-20th

Pope's Angelus Address for July 20th
Vatican City,  July 20, 2014 

At 12pm today, Pope Francis appeared at the window of the study in the Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with faithful and pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square.

Here below is an English translation of his words introducing the Marian prayer, and his address that followed:
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This Sunday's liturgy offers some evangelical parables, short stories that Jesus used to proclaim the Kingdom of heaven to the crowds. Among those in the Gospel reading of today, one that is rather complex, is Jesus' explanation to his disciples of the good wheat and the tares, which addresses the problem of evil in the world and highlights the patience of God (cf. Mt 13,24-30.36-43). The scene takes place in a field where the master sows the wheat. But one night the enemy comes and sows tares, a term that in Hebrew derives from the same word as "Satan" and refers to the concept of division. The servants would straight away cut away the bad weeds, but the master stops them for this reason: "Lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them. (Mt 13:29)”.
 
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« Reply #1713 on: July 21, 2014, 08:52:53 PM »

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/988/0/welby-asks-catholic-and-orthodox-churches-not-to-give-up-on-c-of-e-after-women-bishops-vote

Welby asks Catholic and Orthodox Churches not to give up on C of E after women bishops vote
21 July 2014 15:02 

The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to reassure other Churches that the Church of England is continuing on its "quest" for unity after concern and dismay was expressed about the decision to ordain women bishops.

Archbishop Justin Welby said Churches "need each other". He said that the vote at General Synod last week was an "occasion of deep rejoicing for many", although "a source of disappointment and concern" for others.

He acknowledged that while some Anglican Churches would welcome the result of the vote, “we are also aware that our other ecumenical partners may find this a further difficulty on the journey towards full communion" and that dialogue now faced "new challenges".

But Welby emphasised that with “so much troubling our world today”, common witness to the Gospel was of greater importance than ever.

Catholic Archbishop Bernard Longley, chairman of the international Anglican-Catholic dialogue body Arcic, said last week that the decision "sadly places a further obstacle" on the path to unity, but added that the bishops were still committed to ecumenical dialogue.

The Russian Orthodox Church’s department for external relations said it was "alarmed and disappointed" by the vote. "The decision to ordain women, which the Church of England took in 1992, damaged the relationships between our Churches, and the introduction of female bishops has eliminated even a theoretical possibility for the Orthodox to recognise the existence of apostolic succession in the Anglican hierarchy."
 
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« Reply #1714 on: July 21, 2014, 09:10:43 PM »

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/u-n-secretary-general-condemns-persecution-of-mosul-christians

U.N. Secretary General Condemns Persecution of Mosul Christians
Rome,  July 21, 2014 

The "religious cleansing" of Christians and other religious minorities from the Iraqi city of Mosul has brought widespread condemnation, but so far mostly silence from Western political leaders.

For the first time in 1,800 years, the city is devoid of Christians after the last families fled the city on Saturday ahead of an ultimatum by occupying Islamist militants, ISIS. Many of them were stripped of their possessions as they fled to seek refuge in Kurdistan.

Vatican Radio reports that people of other faiths, including Shi'ites, Yazidis and Shabaks, have also fled from the ISIS militants who have destroyed churches, mosques and shrines and seized property in what amounts to a “cleansing” of religious minorities.

Leading a service of solidarity in Baghdad, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako said “the heinous crime of the Islamic State was carried out not just against Christians, but against humanity”.

In a sign of protest and solidarity with the persecuted, some Christians have been marking themselves with an "N", the first letter of the Arabic word for Christian, "Nasrani" or Nazarene. The Islamic State has been putting an "N" on Christian property marked out for seizure.

Baghdad’s auxiliary bishop, Shlemon Warduni, has called for an international response and for foreign leaders to speak out and act.

On Sunday, Iraq's prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, condemned ISIS’ actions, saying their aggression ”reveals beyond any doubt the extremist, criminal and terrorist nature of this group".
 
In New York, the office of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement condemning ISIS attacks on all religions as a crime against humanity, for which those responsible must be held accountable.

Ban condemned “in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of minority populations in Iraq by Islamic State [of Iraq and Syria] and associated armed groups,” a U.N. statement said.
 
The U.S. State Department was similarly strong in its condemnation after ISIS issued its ultimatum to Mosul’s Christians to either convert, pay a tax, leave or face imminent execution.

“The United States condemns in the strongest terms the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities by the terrorist group [ISIS],” it said in a statement issued Friday.
 
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« Reply #1715 on: July 21, 2014, 09:20:56 PM »

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/itinerary-released-for-pope-s-visit-to-caserta-on-saturday

Itinerary Released for Pope's Visit to Caserta on Saturday
Vatican City,  July 21, 2014 

The Vatican has released the program of Pope Francis' visit to the Italian city of Caserta this Saturday.

The Pope, who will be visiting over two days 26 and 28 July, split up into private and public events, will be celebrating a public Mass and meeting with diocesan priests on his earlier visit.

After a 3 p.m. flight Saturday from the Vatican into the heliport of the Italian Air Force School in the Royal Palace of Caserta, the Pontiff will first visit the Air Force Officer’s Club, where he will meet with diocesan priests at 4.p.m.

His next engagement is a Eucharistic celebration, to take place at 6 p.m. in the square adjacent to the Royal Palace. The Holy Father will preside over the public Mass for the feast of St. Ann.

Finally, Pope Francis will depart for Rome at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Vatican City around 8:15 p.m.

The private part of the visit will be on Monday when the Pope meets his friend Fr. Giovanni Traettino, who had invited him to visit Caserta. On the Sunday in between, the Vatican confirmed Francis, as usual, will pray the Angelus with the faithful in St. Peter's Square.

Last month, when Francis met with a group of evangelical pastors in Rome, it was reported that a pastor friend he “had already known well from his time in Buenos Aires” extended the invitation, to which the Pope agreed.
 

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« Reply #1716 on: July 21, 2014, 09:32:04 PM »

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/evangelical-pastor-friend-of-pope-francis-dies-suddenly

Evangelical Pastor Friend of Pope Francis Dies Suddenly
London,  July 21, 2014

An evangelical pastor who was a close friend of Pope Francis has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

British-born Tony Palmer, a bishop with the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, died in hospital in England Monday, hours after undergoing surgery following the accident.

In January this year, Pope Francis gave Palmer a message to give to a charismatic conference, hosted by television evangelist Kenneth Copeland. Palmer showed the audience the video message, recorded on his smartphone, in which the Pope spoke encouragingly of ecumenism and unity.

The well-received message was viewed by many as a remarkable development, especially as not long ago conservative evangelicals in North America were inclined to view the Catholic Church in highly negative ways. 
 
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« Reply #1717 on: July 21, 2014, 11:56:08 PM »

http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-mayor-bill-de-blasio-asks-vatican-for-a-pope-francis-visit-1405979400

De Blasio Asks Vatican for a Pope Francis New York City Visit
Updated July 21, 2014 9:20 p.m. ET


Mayor Bill de Blasio and Cardinal Parolin at the Vatican on Monday. The Vatican

ROME—Bill de Blasio isn't known for being a religious mayor but one of his first stops on his Italian vacation was the Vatican, where he made an in-person request for Pope Francis to visit New York City.

The mayor didn't get a formal response from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on Monday morning. And Mr. de Blasio, who has no formal religion, said he wasn't going to become a practicing Catholic anytime soon.

But the Democrat later spoke at length about his respect for Pope Francis, whose message of inclusion has resonated throughout the world. The Italian-American mayor said he had "a very strong cultural and emotional tie to the church and a deep appreciation for what's good about the church and particularly what's good about this pope."
 
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/22/pope_francis_calls_patriarch,_prays_for_iraqi_christians/1103242

Pope Francis calls Patriarch in solidarity with Iraqi Christians
22/07/2014

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has reassured the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church Ignatius Youssef III Younan that he is following news out of Iraq with concern, particularly the dramatic situation of Christians in Mosul who have been threatened with death and seizure of their homes by Islamic militants demanding they leave or convert to their form of Islamic belief.  Christians have lived in Iraq’s second largest city for nearly two thousand years;  there are few, if any, left now in Mosul.

The Patriarch told the Italian Catholic news agency SIR (Religious Information Service), that Pope Francis called him Sunday 20 July to express his solidarity with Iraqi Christians.  During the 9 minute phone call, the Patriarch thanked the Pope and asked him to intensify his efforts to engage world leaders, putting them face to face with the facts on the ground: that in the province of Nineveh a massive religious “cleansing” campaign is underway to rid the region of those who do not share the beliefs of the new occupiers.
 
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http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/07/22/pope_francis_message_for_day_for_life_in_uk,_ireland__/1103201

Pope Francis marks Day for Life in UK, Ireland with call to cherish life
22/07/2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is marking the upcoming Day for Life in the UK and Ireland with a call to all people of good will to cherish life, particularly the life of society’s most vulnerable.

In a message sent to the Church in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, signed by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope urges Catholics to “to bring the merciful love of Christ as a life-giving balm to those troubling “new forms of poverty and vulnerability” increasingly evident in contemporary society (cf. Evangelii Gaudium 210).”

The theme of this year’s Day for Life – celebrated on July 27th - is #livelife Protect and Cherish Life from its beginning to its natural end. It invites young people in particular to get involved in caring for, nurturing and protecting life at every stage and in every condition.
 
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