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Vatican City, Aug 19, 2016 / 10:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In September Pope Francis will make his second visit to Assisi in just two months for an interreligious summit for peace, where he will pray and meet alongside major Islamic and Orthodox leaders.The visit will take place Sept. 20, which marks the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace that St. John Paul II convoked in Assisi 1986.St. John Paul II went back to Assisi for successive events 1993 and 2002. The last day of prayer led by a Pope was convoked by Benedict XVI in 2011, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first historic meeting in Assisi.However, the Sant'Egidio community has organized an interreligious meeting every year since 1986, held at different locations. This year the meeting will once again take place in Assisi, with the Pope present.Pope Francis' presence at the prayer summit will be his third time in Assisi, the first having taken place Oct. 4, 2013, for the feast day of his namesa...
(Vatican Radio)  The Holy See Press Office announced on Thursday that Pope Francis will return to the Italian town of Assisi on September 20th.His repeat visit to the birthplace of St. Francis takes place on the 30th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Peace, an annual event promoted by the St. Egidio Community.The Holy Father made a private pilgrimage to Assisi earlier this month (4 August) to visit the Porziuncola chapel, marking the 800th anniversary of the "Pardon of Assisi."
Washington D.C., Jul 23, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After several shootings and increased racial tensions around the country, the head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a national day of prayer and appointed a task force devoted to peace and unity."I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opportunity, and addressing the question of pervasive gun violence," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the USCCB president."The Day of Prayer and special Task Force will help us advance in that direction. By stepping forward to embrace the suffering, through unified, concrete action animated by the love of Christ, we hope to nurture peace and build bridges of communication and mutual aid in our own communities."The newest statement and task force reflect sentiments in a previous statement from A...
(USCCB) In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. He has also appointed a special task force to support bishops in marking that Day of Prayer, and more broadly, in promoting peace and healing during this time of great strain on civil society.On July 8, in his initial and immediate response to the racially-related shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, noted the need to look at ways the Catholic Church can walk with and help these suffering communities. The initiatives announced today begin to address that need."I have stressed the need to look toward additional ways of nurturing an open, honest and civil dialogue on issues of race relations, restorative justice, mental health, economic opport...
(Vatican Radio) South Africa’s bishops have issued a warning about rising levels of political violence ahead of municipal elections to be held on August 3rd.In a statement sent to the Catholic Information Service for Africa, Bishop Abel Gabuza, chair of the bishops’ Justice and Peace Commission, invited members of all political parties to take part in a day of prayer for peace next Wednesday, July 6th.Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report:  In the statement, Bishop Gabuza says peace in South Africa should never be taken for granted. To maintain peace, he insists, requires the responsibility of all citizens and political maturity on the part of the country’s leaders, especially during the election period. “The current levels of political violence do not reflect this sense of responsibility,” he warns.In particular Bishop Gabuza says political leaders have not been “visible and loud enough in their condemnation of the recent factional viole...
By Junno Arocho EstevesVATICANCITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on Catholics and Orthodox Christians to prayfor children in Syria who are suffering because of the ongoing conflict in thecountry. "The children of Syria invite children from all overthe world to join in theirprayer for peace" on International Children's Day June 1, he said.Before praying the Angelus May 29, thepope said Catholicand Orthodox Christians would be taking part together in the special prayer forpeace and that the children were "the protagonists" by inviting allthe world's children to unite with them in prayer. Thejoint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by the Catholic charity Aid to theChurch in Need, is one of several initiatives meant to promote peace in Syria. Thepope's invitation echoes that of Catholic leaders and Orthodox patriarchs inthe country, who signed a joint message inviting Christians around the world tojoin them in praying for peace. Themessage says: "We pray to him -- the Christ, the king ...
(Vatican Radio ) Tuesday 24th of May marks the twenty- fourth 'World Day of Prayer for the Church in China'. to mark this special day Veronica Scarisbrick brings you a programme focusing on the figure of Matteo Ricci, who is one of the founders of the Jesuit China Mission. A man who died in 1610, whose memory still lives on in China today. Listen to Father Emmanuel Lim SJ  a programme focusing on the figure of Matteo Ricci presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: This programme includes a passage from Matteo Ricci's diary : "..the work of evangelisation , of making Christians should be carried on both in Peking and in the Provinces, following methods both of a pacific nature and of cultural adaptation. Europeanism is to be shunned."... 
(Vatican Radio)  Vatican Weekend for May 21, 2016 features a report on the words of Pope Francis during his weekly general audience to pilgrims from across the world.This is followed by a  musical meditation to mark the day the Church celebrates Trinity Sunday. In the final segment of the programme we look ahead to the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China by shining a spotlight on the figure of Matteo Ricci. Listen to a programme presented and produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: 
IMAGE: CNS/Paul HaringBy Carol GlatzVATICANCITY (CNS) -- What you say and how you live always go hand in hand, building upthe church and the people of God, Pope Francis told new priests."Therefore,may your doctrine be nourishment to the people of God, joy and supporting thosefaithful to Christ (be) the fragrance of your life, because the word andexample go together," he said. "Wordand example edify the house of God, which is the church," he said in hishomily April 17, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.CelebratingMass in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis ordained 11 new priests; nine wereordained for the Diocese of Rome and two of the new priests -- including oneborn in Baghdad -- belong to the Rogationist religious order.Inhis homily, the pope urged the men to read, reflect on and teach the word ofGod and to be a living example of what they preach.Heasked that they imitate Jesus in their lives, including "carrying Christ'sdeath" inside of them and walking with him in new life....
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the World Day of Prayer for Vocations by ordaining eleven men to the priesthood at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday.In his homily, based on the sermon for ordinations found in the Italian edition of the Roman Pontifical, the Holy Father asked the new priests to “remember your history, the gift of the Word of the Lord given to you by your mothers, your grandmothers – as Saint Paul says – by the catechists and by the whole Church.”He called them “to bear within” themselves “the death of Christ, to walk with Christ in newness of life,” and he reminded them that “without the Cross you will never find the true Jesus; and a Cross without Jesus makes no sense.” The Pope implored the new priests, “in the name of that same Jesus Christ, the Lord, and in the name of the Church… to be merciful, so very merciful.”Finally, Pope Francis reminded the priests that they are cho...
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