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Pope Francis on Saturday met with the participants of the 26th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, meeting under the theme “Proclaiming Christ in the digital age.” Pope Francis said the rise and development of the internet raises the question of the relationship between faith and culture. Looking back to the first centuries of Christianity, the Pope pointed out Christians encountered the…
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N'Djamena - "The Christians of the Apostolic Vicariate of Mongo, 500 km from N'Djamena, capital of Chad, experienced a particular ecclesial event: the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Ignatius," writes Fr. Clément Marie Bonou of the Franciscans of Mary Immaculate to Fides Agency. The Cathedral is located at the foot of the mountain, in a region where 94% are Muslims. The building, which is…
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Pope Francis, at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, called on everyone to pray for a group of nuns taken by force from the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in the ancient Christian town of Ma’lula in Syria. “Now I would like to invite everyone to pray for the religious sisters of the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Saint Tecla in Ma’lula, in…
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Caritas Continues the Journey in Faith and Service Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga says the international organization of Catholic aid and development agencies continues its journey in faith and service to those suffering from HIV AIDS. In a message ahead of World AIDS Day observed on Sunday December 1, Cardinal Maradiaga says Caritas Internationalis “does not wait for the annual observance of…
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Pope Francis on Saturday continued the long-standing papal tradition of celebrating the Vespers for the first Sunday of Advent with the students and educators of Rome’s universities. Hundreds filled St. Peter’s Basilica for the service, which includes the handing over of an icon of Mary, Seat of Wisdom, “patron of university students,” from a Brazilian to a French delegation. The icon, by renowned iconographer Fr.…
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Pope Francis said on Sunday that the day will come when nations will live in peace. He said it will be a great day in which weapons will be dismantled and transformed into instruments of work: “What a great day it will be”. And this, Pope Francis said, is possible. "Let’s put a bet on hope,” he continued “on hope for peace, and peace will…
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