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Pope Francis on Monday created a new diocese along with the appointment of its first bishop in eastern India, and nominated another new bishop in the south. The Pope created the new Diocese of Rayagada in Odisha state, with territories taken from the Diocese of Berhampur.  As its first bishop he appointed Fr. P. Aplinar Senapati, an Odiya Vincentian priest who is serving as parish priest of St. Vincent De Paul Parish and principal of the English ‎Medium School at Derapathar, in Guwahati Archdiocese, Assam state. ‎ Rayagada Diocese is a suffragan of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar Metropolitan ArchdioceseBorn Oct. 28, 1960 at Surada in Odisha state, Fr. Senapati studied at the local Technical High School.   He studied philosophy at Aquinas College in Gopalpur-on-Sea, near Berhampur, as a Vincentian novice.  He then studied theology at Pune university, from where he also obtained a diploma in psycology and formation.  He also has masters’ degrees in econo...
At the weekend, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) issued a pastoral statement to the media on the State of the Nation in which they tackled current issues affecting Kenya. Prominent among these matters is the 5 April ICC decision which has polarized opinion in Kenya.Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) terminated the case against Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang, who were facing charges of crimes against humanity in the post-2007 election violence.The ICC cited interference with prosecution witnesses and political meddling as reasons for terminating the case.  Notwithstanding some victory celebrations in Kenya, the ICC judges declined to acquit outrightly Ruto and Sang. Initially, the two were charged together with Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta and others for the same case.The ICC decision means that for the majority of the victims, closure the truth, justice, reparations and guarantee of non-repet...
Archbishop Martin Kivuva of Mombasa in Kenya has led hundreds of Loreto convent school children and their teachers in planting over 1000 trees in Pope Francis forest.Archbishop Martin Kivuva of Mombasa in Kenya has led hundreds of Loreto convent school children and their teachers in planting over 1000 trees at the convent’ school grounds now re-named “Pope Francis forest.”“We are naming this forest, ‘Pope Francis forest’ in honour of the Pope who has a great desire to see that Gods creation is taken care of and has a  great affection for the environment,” the school head, Sr. Gertrude Mallya, IBVM, told Archbishop Kivuva.The tree planting exercise was organised to coincide with Environment Day that was commemorated last week.‘In the book of Genesis, God created human beings and told them to be caretakers of creation. Pope Francis always reminds us to care for the environment,” Archbishop Kivuva told the children and their ...
(Vatican Radio) The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, addressed the Informal Expert Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (CCW) on Monday.Below, please find the full text of his address in English****************************Mr. Chairman,The Holy See Delegation would like to express its satisfaction for the excellent preparatory work that you, Mr. Chairman, have undertaken to give every chance of success to our meeting.The issue of lethal autonomous weapon systems is on our agenda for the third consecutive year. The Holy See had the opportunity to express its views on this important issue on previous occasions.To respond positively to your request, Mr. Chairman, that encourages delegations to express their positions in preparation for a possible decision in the context of the CCW Review Conference in December, the Mission of the Holy See would like to briefly present...
(Vatican Radio) For two years, a production of Hamlet has been travelling the world to mark the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth. The tour is a project of the Globe theatre in London, and is called, appropriately enough, Globe to Globe.So far Hamlet has been performed in over 170 countries, to more than 100,000 people and travelled over 180,000 miles.And on Wednesday, it is scheduled to be performed in the world’s smallest country: The Vatican.The performance has been arranged by the British Embassy to the Holy See, with the cooperation of the Pontifical Council for Culture.“They approached the Holy See about the possibility of finding a venue, and the possibility of putting on Hamlet,” said Bishop Paul Tighe, the  Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture. “There was immediately a very warm response to the initiative.”Listen to the Vatican Viewpoint featuring the interview with Bishop Paul Tighe: This is the f...
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday spoke of the importance of taking stock of what is in people’s hearts and lives instead of only taking the law into account.During his homily at morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope spoke of the Doctors of the Law whom – he said - passed judgment with their hearts closed to God and to prophecy; all that mattered to them – he explained – was to uphold the Law.Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni: Pope Francis was reflecting on the Reading from the Acts of the Apostles in which the Doctors of the Law accuse Stephen of speaking “blasphemous words against Moses and God” because they “could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he spoke.”They even instigated false witnesses to uphold their claims, he said.“Their hearts, closed to God’s truth, clutch only at the truth of the Law, taking it by ‘the letter’, and do not find outlets other than in lies, fals...
(Vatican Radio) Almost a year on from its publication, Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, on the care for our common home, has had an important impact at local and international levels.That’s according to the head of the Pontifical Justice and Peace Council, Cardinal Peter Turkson, who was taking part in a panel discussion in the Vatican on Monday about U.S. and Holy See engagement on issues of common concern.The encyclical, signed by the Pope on May 24th 2015, explores the interconnected concerns of caring for the human life and protecting the environment, appealing for action based on an interior ecological conversion.Over the past year, Cardinal Turkson, whose Council worked on the drawing up of the document, has been travelling widely, speaking about its relevance to many other areas of financial, social and environmental policy.He says Laudato Si’ has had a significant impact in highlighting the effects of  human activity on our environment&hel...
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India (AP) -- A massive fire broke out during a fireworks display in a south Indian temple early Sunday, killing more than 80 people and injuring at least 200 more, a top official said....
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado's 34 delegates on Saturday while rival Donald Trump angled for favor a half-continent away in New York's all-important April 19 primary. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders picked up another win in Wyoming - but it did nothing to help him gain ground in the delegate chase....
DUBLIN (AP) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron published his income tax returns for the past seven years Sunday in hopes of defusing criticism over his investment in an offshore trust run by his late father....
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