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« Reply #9660 on: May 12, 2021, 08:37:43 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-general-audience-catechesis-prayer.html

Pope at General Audience: ‘Jesus is with us at all times although we may not know it'
12 May 2021, 10:20

Pope Francis continues his cycle of catechesis dedicated to Christian prayer during the weekly General Audience reflecting on how prayer is sometimes hard and on how many great Christian figures struggled to overcome discouragement and crisis in times of trial.
By Linda Bordoni

“Christian prayer, like all Christian life, is not a walk in the park,” Pope Francis told the faithful following the Wednesday General Audience through the media and in the Vatican’s Courtyard of St. Damasus. He pointed out that so many of the “great praying people we meet in the Bible and the history of the Church did not have a comfortable prayer,” but encouraged us to never forget that Jesus is always with us.

Continuing a cycle of reflections dedicated to Christian prayer, the Pope focused on the theme of “spiritual struggle” and on how the great masters of Christian history recognize that prayer is not always easy, for our human nature.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-anniverary-st-john-paul-ii-attack-our-lady-fatima.html
Pope recalls 40th anniversary of attack on Saint Pope John Paul II
12 May 2021, 11:24

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247626/pope-francis-at-the-general-audience-prayer-works-miracles
Pope Francis at the general audience: ‘Prayer works miracles’
CNA Staff, May 12, 2021 / 05:25 am America/Denver (CNA).

Video of the General Audience at the link below--
May 12 2021 General Audience Pope Francis
https://www.youtube.com/user/vatican
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« Reply #9661 on: May 12, 2021, 08:41:27 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-05/vatican-letter-ladaria-bishops-us-communion-politics-abortion.html

Cardinal Ladaria to US Bishops: Debate on Communion and abortion should not lead to division
12 May 2021, 11:58

Cardinal Luis Ladaria, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, writes to US Bishops urging them to preserve unity amid discussions on pro-life issues. He notes that it would be misleading if the impression were given that abortion and euthanasia alone constitute the only grave matters of Catholic moral and social teaching.
By Vatican News staff writer

The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, SJ., has sent a letter to the president of the US Bishops Conference, Archbishop José Gomez, concerning moves by the conference to formulate a national policy regarding admission to Communion for Catholics in public office who support legislation permitting abortion, euthanasia or other moral evils.

Cardinal Ladaria’s letter dated 7 May, comes in response to a letter from Archbishop Gomez in March, informing the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) that the US Bishops were preparing to draft a document following some controversy related to US President Joe Biden and some of the policies of his administration.
 
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« Reply #9662 on: May 12, 2021, 08:48:43 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247630/german-foreign-minister-welcomes-day-of-same-sex-blessings-ahead-of-papal-audience

German foreign minister welcomes day of same-sex blessings ahead of papal audience
CNA Staff, May 12, 2021 / 09:00 am America/Denver (CNA).

Ahead of an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday, Germany’s foreign minister welcomed a day of same-sex blessings held in defiance of the Vatican.

Speaking before he met with the pope on May 12, Heiko Maas backed the blessing ceremonies held in around 80 German cities on Monday in protest at the Vatican’s “no” to same-sex blessings.

“At least I see that there is a great deal of openness in parts of the Catholic Church to social developments that one cannot ignore,” he said, according to the newspaper Die Welt.

“I very much welcome the fact that these discussions are being initiated again and conducted in more depth.”

Talking to reporters after his private audience with the pope, Maas said that the two men discussed the coronavirus pandemic, the future of Europe, violence in Jerusalem, Latin America, and the clerical abuse crisis.

The 54-year-old member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party is a baptized Catholic who was an altar server in his youth.

German media reported that he was the first German foreign minister in almost 20 years to secure a private papal audience.

The audience took place just two days after a nationwide protest against the Vatican’s declaration that the Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions.
 
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« Reply #9663 on: May 12, 2021, 08:54:06 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-05/holy-see-vatican-3-webinars-before-un-food-systems-summit.html

Holy See launching 3 webinars ahead of UN Food Systems Summit
12 May 2021, 16:24

In Autumn this year, the United Nations will convene a Food Systems Summit to raise global awareness and coordinate initiatives aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 2 of Zero Hunger (SDG2), by 2030.
By Lisa Zengarini

In view of the UN's Food Systems Summit in the context of the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and of the Covid-19 crisis, the Holy See is launching a three-part webinar series entitled “Food for Life, Food Justice, Food for All

The first webinar during Laudato si' Week

The series is organized by the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the Vatican’s Permanent Mission to FAO, IFAD & WFP, the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, and the Vatican COVID-19 Commission alongside its partners working in food security and will kick off on May 17 ‘Laudato si’ Week’ (May 16th - 24th).

Integral ecology to transform food systems

Inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter on care for our common home, the three online seminars will showcase how an integral ecology - a paradigm that considers the interconnections, among others, between social systems and ecosystems - can inspire the regeneration of food systems in the post-Covid future. They will highlight how Church and other actors can contribute to this transformation of food systems towards the care for our common home, the eradication of hunger, the respect of human dignity and the service of the common good, so that no one is left behind.
 
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« Reply #9664 on: May 12, 2021, 08:58:51 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247625/italian-broker-for-vaticans-london-property-arrested-in-uk

Italian broker for Vatican’s London property arrested in UK
By Hannah Brockhaus

Rome Newsroom, May 12, 2021 / 03:30 am America/Denver (CNA).

Gianluigi Torzi, the Italian businessman who brokered the final part of the Secretariat of State’s purchase of a London investment property, has been arrested in the United Kingdom.

The arrest, which took place May 11 in London, was requested by an Italian judge in Rome in April.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Service said: “Officers from the National Extradition Unit attended an address on Campden Hill Road, W8, on Tuesday, May 11.”

“Gianluigi Torzi, 42 (16.01.79), was identified and arrested on a Trade and Cooperation Act (TACA) warrant issued in Italy on Wednesday, May 5 and certified by the National Crime Agency on Thursday, May 6.”

“He is accused in Italy of money laundering and fraud offenses.”

“Mr. Torzi appeared before Westminster Magistrates’ Court for an initial extradition hearing where he was remanded in custody. His next appearance is on Tuesday, May 18.”

Torzi, who has denied wrongdoing, is being investigated by Italian authorities for suspected fraudulent billing, money laundering, and other financial crimes in collaboration with three of his associates.

He is also under investigation by the Vatican for his role in facilitating the Secretariat of State’s purchase of a London property on 60 Sloane Avenue in 2018. The Vatican alleges that in doing so, Torzi was part of a conspiracy to defraud the secretariat of millions of euros.
 
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« Reply #9665 on: May 13, 2021, 06:13:35 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-audience-argentina-president-alberto-fernandez.html

Pope Francis meets with Argentina’s president
13 May 2021, 13:03

Pope Francis meets Thursday with the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, at a private audience in the Vatican.
By Vatican News staff writer

The Holy See Press Office announced Thursday that Pope Francis met with Argentine President Alberto Fernández during a private audience in the Paul VI Hall.

The communique said the talks were cordial and that appreciation was expressed for the “good bilateral relations”.

The Pope and the president discussed the situation in Argentina, “with particular reference to certain issues such as the management of the pandemic emergency, the economic and financial crisis, and the fight against poverty.”
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247643/pope-francis-meets-argentine-president-for-first-time-since-abortion-legalization
Pope Francis meets Argentine president for first time since abortion legalization
CNA Staff, May 13, 2021 / 08:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
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« Reply #9666 on: May 13, 2021, 06:20:29 PM »

https://www.ncregister.com/news/cardinals-cupich-and-tobin-met-with-cdf-prefect-in-late-april

Cardinals Cupich and Tobin Met With CDF Prefect in Late April

Sources have told the Register that the two cardinals met with Cardinal Luis Ladaria shortly before the CDF sent a letter to the US bishops on pro-abortion politicians receiving the Eucharist.
May 12, 2021

VAICAN CITY — Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin met with the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican just days before the congregation’s prefect sent a letter urging the U.S. bishops to fulfill a set of conditions before implementing a plan regarding pro-abortion Catholic politicians receiving Holy Communion.

The Register has confirmed through Vatican sources that the two cardinals, both of whom oppose stricter rules on the issue, visited the Vatican mid-morning on April 30, during which they met with CDF prefect Cardinal Luis Ladaria.

Cardinal Cupich, of Chicago, and Cardinal Tobin, of Newark, New Jersey, returned to the United States on May 1, the sources said. Both are members of the Congregation for Bishops but they did not visit the dicastery, a congregation official told the Register.

The Holy See Press Office was contacted for confirmation of their Rome visit. It did not respond by publication time but the meeting was confirmed by two other Vatican sources.

Their trip took place a week before Cardinal Ladaria sent a letter dated May 7 to Archbishop Jose Gomez, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in which he urged a number of steps be taken before the bishops rule on a national policy regarding Communion for pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

Cardinal Ladaria’s letter responded to the USCCB’s plans to vote on whether to draft a document clarifying the bishops’ position on the issue by formulating a national policy at their annual general assembly in June. U.S. bishops remain divided over such a policy, which has come to the fore with the election of Catholic President Joe Biden, who has driven through a raft of pro-abortion policies.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247652/pelosi-says-shes-pleased-with-vatican-letter-to-us-bishops-on-communion
Pelosi says she’s ‘pleased’ with Vatican letter to U.S. bishops on Communion
By Matt Hadro
Washington D.C., May 13, 2021 / 16:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
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« Reply #9667 on: May 14, 2021, 07:11:38 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-general-state-of-births-italy.html

Pope Francis: 'A society that does not welcome life stops living'
14 May 2021, 11:40

Pope Francis highlights the importance of solidarity, improving the birth rate, protecting the family, and generational sustainability, in his address at a meeting on the “General States of Birth” in Italy.
By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis opened the meeting on the “General States of Birth”, which held on Friday at the Auditorium della Conciliazione, close to the Vatican.

The initiative, organized by the “Forum for Family Associations”, aims to explore the demographic crisis in Italy, which has been further brought to the fore by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has resulted in increasing levels of poverty among families. The meeting gathered experts and high-level Italian officials, including Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

In his speech, Pope Francis applauded the initiative, stressing that it is essential to get Italy moving again, “starting with life and with the human being.”
 
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« Reply #9668 on: May 14, 2021, 07:18:52 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-scouts-france-50-anniversary.html

Pope urges French scouts to be dynamic Christians, faithful scouts
14 May 2021, 12:00

Pope Francis addresses the Scouts Unitaires de France on the occasion of their 50th anniversary, and encourages them to help rebuild a culture of community after the pandemic.
By Francesca Merlo

Pope Francis opened his speech to members of the French Scouts Unitaires on Friday by thanking the Council for this initiative "which recognises you, the young scouts, as protagonists in evangelisation and in the construction of society."

The scouts are in Rome celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Scouts: a sign of encouragement
 
The Pope went on to note that "in society, we find all too often a degradation of human relations and a lack of trustworthy models for young people in search of formation." This situation, he said, is made even more precarious by the current health crisis.

Faced with all these difficulties, the Pope noted that "your Scout movement is a sign of encouragement to young people, because it invites them to dream and to act, to have the courage to look to the future with hope."
 
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« Reply #9669 on: May 14, 2021, 07:32:06 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247665/pope-francis-to-discuss-climate-change-with-john-kerry-at-vatican

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican
By Courtney Mares

Vatican City, May 14, 2021 / 13:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).

Pope Francis will meet Saturday with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry, who is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference on financial solidarity and climate change.

Kerry, who currently serves as the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, is in Europe to meet with government officials and business leaders ahead of the Nov. 1-12 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the State Department said.

Pope Francis is reportedly considering a visit to Glasgow for the climate conference, and local authorities are said to be preparing for the possibility.

Ahead of his meeting with the pope, Kerry was due to deliver a keynote speech at the “Dreaming of a Better Restart” conference, a closed-door meeting in Vatican City on May 14.

The conference, hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, has panel discussions on debt relief for developing countries and climate action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit).
 
Link:  "Better Restart Booklet" -- https://www.segib.org/wp-content/uploads/14.05-Better-Restart-Booklet-v.15.pdf

https://www.ncregister.com/news/senior-biden-administration-officials-participating-in-high-level-vatican-conference-on-friday
Senior Biden Administration Officials Participating in High-Level Vatican Conference on Friday
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and climate envoy John Kerry will take part in the conference, entitled ‘Dreaming of a Better Restart.’
Edward Pentin   Vatican  May 13, 2021
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« Reply #9670 on: May 15, 2021, 05:31:30 PM »

Video at the link

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/world/news/2021-05/pope-francis-meets-with-us-envoy-for-climate-john-kerry.html
John Kerry: Pope Francis one of greatest voices on climate crisis
15 May 2021, 16:20

After meeting with Pope Francis, Special US Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks to Vatican News in this exclusive interview about this meeting and his work in promoting cooperation on addressing climate change.

Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry made a special visit to the Vatican on Saturday and met in private audience with Pope Francis. He is currently in Europe visiting Rome, London, and Berlin, to meet with European government officials and business leaders on to strengthen cooperation on dealing with climate change. The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet later this year. 

After his audience with the Pope and Vatican officials, Mr. Kerry sat down with Vatican News' Christopher Wells for this inteview.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247677/pope-francis-and-john-kerry-meet-at-the-vatican
Pope Francis and John Kerry meet at the Vatican
CNA Staff, May 15, 2021 / 08:00 am America/Denver (CNA).

https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2021/05/u-s-climate-envoy-john-kerry-meets-pope-francis/
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry meets Pope Francis
Cindy Wooden  May 15, 2021  CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
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« Reply #9671 on: May 15, 2021, 05:40:51 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-meter-association-audience-child-abuse-pornography.html

Pope: child abuse is a kind of "psychological murder"
15 May 2021, 12:40

Pope Francis on Saturday met a delegation from the Meter Association, which fights abuse of children, especially online.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Saturday urged families, educational and public institutions to tackle with renewed determination the scourge of child abuse, paedophilia and child pornography, describing them as "psychological murder".  “Continue your work without hesitation, paying particular attention to the educational aspect, in order to form a firm conscience in people and eradicate the culture of abuse and exploitation,” the Pope told some 50 members of the Meter Association.  The group founded in Sicily, Italy, in 1989 by Father Fortunato Di Noto, has been championing the rights of children especially against child pornography and paedophilia.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247675/pope-francis-to-anti-pedophilia-group-your-work-is-more-necessary-than-ever
Pope Francis to anti-pedophilia group: ‘Your work is more necessary than ever’
CNA Staff, May 15, 2021 / 06:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
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« Reply #9672 on: May 15, 2021, 05:48:48 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-italian-charismatic-fraternity-dialogue.html

Pope expresses support for the Italian Charismatic Consultation
15 May 2021, 11:00

Pope Francis sends a message to participants at an ecumenical dialogue between Catholics and Pentecostals in Italy, encouraging them to serve together in fraternity.
By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis has expressed his closeness to the participants at a meeting for a fraternal dialogue held on Saturday under the theme: “Fraternity in Christ.”

“During this time you will be holding the Italian charismatic consultation. I would like to be closer to you, to be with you,” the Pope said in a video message. “Thank you very much for this work that you have been doing for years - since the celebration in 1992 in Bari.”

The virtual meeting, promoted by the Italian Charismatic Consultation (made up of Catholics and Pentecostals in Italy), will see the presence of several speakers, including Prof. Matteo Calisi, the founder and president of the Community of Jesus, who began the dialogue in Bari.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247674/pope-francis-thanks-charismatic-catholics-and-evangelicals-for-offering-sign-of-fraternity
Pope Francis thanks charismatic Catholics and evangelicals for offering ‘sign of fraternity’
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« Reply #9673 on: May 16, 2021, 04:53:21 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-on-myanmar-may-god-convert-all-hearts-to-peace.html

Pope Francis on Myanmar: May God convert all hearts to peace
16 May 2021, 11:45

Pope Francis presides over a special Mass for Myanmar Catholics living in Rome and joins them in prayers for peace.
By Vatican News staff writer

As an expression of the Church’s closeness to the suffering people of Myanmar, Pope Francis joined Burmese Catholics for the celebration of Mass on Sunday. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured in the three and half months of violence following a coup in February overthrew the nation's elected civilian government.

The Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter took place at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Recalling the Gospel reading for the celebration when Jesus prays for His friends as He prepares to take leave of His disciples and the world, the Pope said this passage teaches us how to deal with “dramatic and painful moments” in our own lives. In praying to the Father, the Lord uses the world “keep,” the Pope noted. As Myanmar experiences “violence, conflict and repression,” he said, we need to ask what are we being called to keep.
 
"homily" and "live-streamed Mass" at the link--
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247678/do-not-lose-hope-pope-francis-offers-mass-for-myanmars-catholics-in-st-peters-basilica
‘Do not lose hope’: Pope Francis offers Mass for Myanmar’s Catholics in St. Peter’s Basilica
CNA Staff, May 16, 2021 / 04:30 am America/Denver (CNA).
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« Reply #9674 on: May 16, 2021, 05:10:15 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/jesus-ascension-brings-us-joy-says-pope-francis-at-regina-coeli.html

Jesus’ Ascension brings us joy says Pope Francis at Regina Coeli
16 May 2021, 12:46

At the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis says Jesus' Ascension into heaven as true God and true man and His promise of the Holy Spirit, are causes of joy
By Christopher Wells

There are none of the usual feeling of loss or abandonment among the disciples when Jesus ascended in the Heaven, said Pope Francis at Sunday’s Regina Coeli. Instead, “despite their separation from the Lord, they do not appear grief-stricken, but rather, are joyful and ready to go into the world as missionaries.”

“Why are the disciples not sad?” the Pope asked. “Why should we too rejoice at seeing Jesus ascend into Heaven?” His answer: “The Ascension completes Jesus’ mission among us.”

In Italy, as in many countries throughout the world, the solemnity of the Ascension is observed liturgically on the sixth Sunday after Easter. “After descending into our humanity and redeeming it, now Jesus ascends to heaven, taking our flesh with Him,” the Pope said. Jesus is the first human being to enter Heaven, precisely because He is both true God and true man. “Our flesh is in heaven,” the Pope exclaimed, “and this gives us joy!”

His Ascension is not “an abandonment," because Jesus "remains forever with the disciples, with us” in prayer. Jesus shows the Father the wounds “with which He redeemed us,” — and this, the Pope said, “should give us security, and even joy, great joy!”
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-to-israeli-palestinian-leaders-stop-the-clamour-of-arms.html
Stop the clamour of arms!’ Pope tells Israeli, Palestinian leaders
16 May 2021, 13:28

The address ("He said..." and "...live-streamed Regina Coeli address..." at the link--
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247679/pope-francis-childrens-deaths-in-israel-gaza-conflict-terrible-and-unacceptable
Pope Francis: Children’s deaths in Israel-Gaza conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’
CNA Staff, May 16, 2021 / 06:31 am America/Denver (CNA).
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« Reply #9675 on: May 16, 2021, 05:16:05 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-05/pope-makes-donation-to-women-s-healthcare-centre-in-india.html

Pope makes donation to women’s healthcare centre in India
16 May 2021, 14:52

Pope Francis lent his support to the Marathon of Solidarity conference, promoted by the Catholic University and University Centre for International Solidarity to raise funds for the Shanti Ashram Centre, an international center for development, learning and collaboration
By Vatican News

Pope Francis has made a donation of approximately 20 thousand euros in support of the Shanti Ashram women’s health and social centre in Coimbatore, India. Through a food bank and medical assistance and training facilities for female entrepreneurs, Shanti Ashram assists 50,000 children and their families in the villages around the city of Coimbatore, in the state of Tamil Nadu in the far south of the subcontinent.

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, announced the Pope’s gift following an international online conference of renowned gynaecologists and paediatricians on Saturday that aimed at raising 60 thousand euros for Shanti Ashram.
 
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« Reply #9676 on: May 17, 2021, 05:51:34 PM »

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/247682/pope-francis-meets-with-irans-foreign-minister-speaks-to-turkish-president-about-palestinians

Pope Francis meets with Iran’s foreign minister, speaks to Turkish president about Palestinians
By Courtney Mares

Vatican City, May 17, 2021 / 10:30 am America/Denver (CNA).

Pope Francis spoke Monday with Iran’s foreign minister and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan amid the ongoing diplomatic efforts to end the violence in the Israel-Gaza conflict.

The pope received Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s head diplomat since 2013, for a private audience on May 17 in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Zarif said that he and the pope “exchanged views” on Palestine, interfaith dialogue, and U.S. sanctions in a post on Twitter.

The Iranian government delegation also met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed that Pope Francis also spoke on the telephone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the morning of May 17.

According to a statement from the Turkish president’s office, Erdogan told Pope Francis “that Palestinians would continue to be subjected to massacre as long as the international community did not punish Israel - which is committing humanitarian crimes - with sanctions.”

The Vatican did not comment on the content of the discussions in either the phone call with Erdogan or the meeting with Zarif.
 
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« Reply #9677 on: May 17, 2021, 05:55:12 PM »

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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-sends-video-message-to-50th-consecrated-life-celebr.html
Pope Francis sends video-message for 50th Week of Consecrated Life
17 May 2021, 13:57

Pope Francis on Monday sends a video-message to the 50th National Week for Institutes of Consecrated Life, which is taking place from 17-22 May.
By Vatican News staff reporter

The Claretian Institute of the Theology of the Consecrated Life (ITVC) in Rome and the Theological Institute of Religious Life in Madrid (ITVR) this year celebrate 50 years of service dedicated to consolidating and fortifying consecrated life in its mission throughout the world.

Pope Francis on Monday sent a video-message to participants of the 50th National Week for Institutes of Consecrated Life, thanking its promoter Cardinal Aquilino Bocos for “continually sowing a restlessness to understand the richness of consecrated life and to make it bear fruit.”

The Pope noted that the programme for the Madrid celebrations, which take place from the 17-22 May, had participants with a wealth of experience.
 
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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-05/pope-francis-names-chow-sau-yan-bishop-hong-kong.html

Pope appoints Jesuit as new Bishop of Hong Kong
17 May 2021, 12:00

Pope Francis appoints Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, SJ, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Hong Kong.
By Vatican News staff writer

The Pope appointed Jesuit Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan as the Bishop of Hong Kong Diocese on Monday.

Bishop-elect Chow currently serves as the Provincial of the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus.

He will take over from Cardinal John Tong Hon, who has served as the Apostolic Administrator of Hong Kong since January 2019.
 
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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-05/virtual-library-boosts-seminarians-access-to-essential-texts.html

Virtual library boosts seminarians’ access to essential texts
17 May 2021, 11:13

The ‘Sharing the Word’ e-library boosts access to essential texts for more than 23,000 seminarians, clergy and theology students in developing countries. It now includes more than 14,000 catalogued volumes.
By Jack Ryan

Sharing the Word is a virtual library founded in 2013 and funded by the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle (POSPA). It is a tremendous help to seminarians, clergy, and pastoral workers who are not able to afford hard copy texts essential for their ministry. There are now over 1000 monthly users, with a single access point to the spiritual and intellectual riches of the Christian Faith.
 
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