The first Interreligious Match for Peace, which took place in Rome, saw the participation of many soccer legends. Players from all over the world and from different religions did not want to miss the chance to play this unique event, which had many special moments.
Article 26 of the Universal Declaration for Human Rights says that everyone has a right to education. But that right, isn't always available, especially to children. That's where an initiative titled 'Scholas' comes in. The purpose is for schools in different parts of the globe to share resources and knowledge. It's backed by Pope Francis and in just one year more than 300,000 schools from across the globe have joined in.
Although it is normal practice for the Pope to send telegrams while flying over different nations, his telegrams to and from China have many talking. En route back to Rome Monday at the end his apostolic visit to Korea this week, the Holy Father sent his second telegram to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people.
Women’s Interfaith Fellowship Seeks Participants
Pope Francis laid the foundation to his papacy in his first apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. Among other things, he calls for a missionary Church that goes out and encounters the most marginalized members of society. In order to develop a clearer pastoral action plan, this Vatican department will host aglobal conference on the topic.
Tony Palmer, the charismatic young preacher who enjoyed a friendship with Pope Francis, has apparently died in a motorcycle accident.Not a Catholic, Palmer was bishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a group that is inspired by the “middle way” of classical Anglicanism and considers itself part of the Convergence Movement.
Christians in Mosul, Iraq, have been told that they must leave, convert to Islam or accept dhimmitude, or die.
Imagine you were playing with your phone while you waited for the World Cup final to get underway and you suddenly saw a photo of the Pope Emeritus eating popcorn with the current Pontiff on your timeline. Below the photo is a tagline wishing both countries well and a quote from St John Paul II: In the very near future we may see such a radical reshaping of how we view the Vatican and it will come via the most unlikely of social media champions, Cardinal George Pell, current Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in the Holy See.
One of the most distressing details to emerge from the persecution of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim is that she was forced to give birth in prison with her feet shackled. Together. “I gave birth chained, “ said in a telephone interview with CNN on July 1. "Not cuffs – but chains on my legs. I couldn't open my legs so the women had to lift me off the table. I wasn't lying on the table." The gratuitous cruelty of this treatment of a mother and baby fills one with revulsion for the sharia legal system under which it took place.
In the years following the Second Vatican Council, the gathered local community was often pointed to as the new focal point of worship, while Jesus Christ was literally set aside.
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