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(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for May 7, 2016 features a report on the words of Pope Francis during his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square. This is followed by a couple of programmes relating to the pontificate of Pius XII with clips of archive sound of the voice of this twentieth century Pope.The first relates to some of the orphans of World War II who were received by Pius XII in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. In the second programme you can hear echoes of the Jubilee Year of 1950 as well as of the more personal side to Pius XII. The final segment focuses on Michelangelo's art work in the Sistine Chapel explained by renowned art historian Monsignor Timothy Verdon.A programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:    
(Vatican Radio) Vatican Weekend for May 8, 2016  features our selection of readings and reflections focusing on the Sunday gospel in a programme by the title of 'There's More in the Sunday Gospel than Meets the Eye' presented by Jill Bevilacqua. This is followed by a look ahead to the Feast Day of Our Lady of Fatima which falls each year on the 13th of May.A programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick:
(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has sent a message to the Buddhists of the world to mark the Feast of Vesakh, which commemorates the his birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.This year’s Message was inspired by Pope Francis’ Encyclical Laudato si’.“As the crisis of climate change is contributed to by human activity, we, Christians and Buddhists, must work together to confront it with an ecological spirituality,” writes  Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the President of the Pontifical Council. “The acceleration of global environmental problems has added to the urgency of interreligious cooperation.”Cardinal Tauran concludes by calling on Catholics and Buddhists to “cooperate together in liberating humanity from the suffering brought about by climate change, and contribute to the care of our common home.” The full text of the Message is below PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FORINTERRELIG...
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IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Cindy WoodenVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Throughout his pontificate, PopeFrancis has been sharing a theology of tears: tears of compassion, compunctionand consolation. Although Pope Francis does not mask his emotions in public,he rarely is seen to cry. One obvious exception was in Albania in September2014 when he came face to face with a priest who had been imprisoned andtortured for his faith under the country's communist regime. After a longembrace with the priest and some whispered words, the pope turned from thecongregation to wipe the tears from his eyes.Pope Francis encourages people to pray for "the graceof tears" when pleading to God to help others, when recognizing their ownsinfulness, when contemplating the greatness of Christ's sacrifice on the crossand when experiencing God's mercy.As part of the Holy Year of Mercy, the pope scheduled a May5 prayer vigil "to dry the tears" of those who are weeping, invitingparents who have lost a child, victims of war ...
Rome, Italy, May 5, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- To observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy and to connect it with past Jubilee Years, the pilgrimage office of the Diocese of Rome is displaying historical documents proclaiming the jubilees dating back to 1300.“Holy Pilgrimage: The Jubilee Bulls from the Vatican Secret Archives” is an exhibition of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi which displays papal bulls of indiction of the Jubilee Years from 1300 to 2000.The bulls are normally not available to public view, and are restricted to scholars and conservationists who work with the Vatican Secret Archives – the historical archives of the papacy.The exhibition also features bulls from the archives of the Chapter of St. Peter kept in the Vatican Library, as well as incunabula – books printed before the year 1500 – stored at the Biblioteca Casanatense.Beginning today, the exhibition is on display daily through July 31, from 10 am to 9 pm, at the Palazzo del Vicar...
Pakistani Christians held a protest in front of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday, against the Punjab government's plans to take over the land of four churches in order to build the Orange Line Metro Train project. The demonstrators demanded that the government review its plans, saying they would not give up their holy places.They waved placards, and were holding crosses, while chanting slogans such as: "we won't give an inch of our holy places", and "we want our rights." The Punjab government intends to acquire large portions of Cathedral Church, Naulakha Church, St Andrew's Church and Bohar Wala Church. The Christian community is determined not to let their churches be destroyed, as they are not only holy, but are a part of Lahore's history and have been in place since before the partition.Nasir Saeed, Director of (Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement) CLAAS-UK, which campaigns for the rights of Christians in Pakistan, expressed his ...
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