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 Gaza  one year on: recovery remains a distant prospect
Gaza one year on: recovery remains a distant prospect

One year since the start of the 50 day attack on Gaza, CAFOD's partners have delivered aid to more than 117,000 people - but the agency warns that long-term recovery remains a distant prospect. During the conflict that began on 8 July 2014, the people of Gaza endured airstrikes, naval bombardment, artillery fire and a ground invasion, while Israeli communities came under rocket and mortar fire from Palestinian factions. More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, while 71 people in Israel died, including four civilians and one foreign national.

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Mexico: Violent attack on elderly nuns
Mexico: Violent attack on elderly nuns

Three elderly nuns were tied up, gagged and assaulted by unknown assailants in their parish home in Matias Romero municipality, Oaxaca State, Mexico on 29 June. This attack comes nine months after a similarly brutal attack on the parish priest in the same village. In a statement issued on 30 June, The Bishop of Tehuantepec condemned the attack on the nuns from Apostolic Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the September 2014 attack on Father Victorino López Nolasco: "We observe with sadness and indignation that this violence has not been

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Film:  Jerusalem music school for Arab and Jewish children turns 20
Film: Jerusalem music school for Arab and Jewish children turns 20

A music school for Arab and Jewish children, started by the Franciscans in Jerusalem 20 years ago, celebrates its 20th birthday this year. Some of the students have gone on to have professional careers in music. Many friendships have formed. The school is helping to unite the divided communities through the common language of music. Music encourages dialogue and also creates job opportunities. Brother David Grenier, Director of the Magnifcat Institute of Jerusalem, said:

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Naomi Klein endorses 'Laudato Si' ahead of Vatican climate conference
Naomi Klein endorses 'Laudato Si' ahead of Vatican climate conference

A Catholic climate scientist and a secular Jewish feminist shared a platform on Wednesday to present a conference entitled 'People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course'...Canadian author Naomi Klein, known for her bestselling book 'No Logo', admitted she was surprised and moved to be invited to the Vatican to speak about ways of mobilizing public opinion and putting pressure on political leaders. The Pope's encyclical, she said, is a poetic, but also courageous and common sense document that speaks not just to the Catholic world, but "for every person living on this planet".

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Pope calls for prayers for the people of Greece
Pope calls for prayers for the people of Greece

Pope Francis called for prayers for the people of Greece, during his audience with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. A note released by the Holy See Press Office says the Pope has expressed his closeness to the Greek people who are suffering the effects of the current crisis. Describing the news from Greece "regarding the economic and social situation of the country as worrying", the Pope "conveys his closeness to all the Greek people, with a special thought for the many families gravely beset by such a complex and keenly felt human and social crisis".

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Pope Francis: All Christians have Jewish roots
Pope Francis: All Christians have Jewish roots

On Tuesday, Pope Francis received in audience participants in the international congress promoted by the International Council of Christians and Jews, held in Rome from 28 June to 1 July on the theme "The fiftieth anniversary of Nostra Aetate: the past, present and future of relations between Jews and Christians". The Pope expressed his pleasure that this year's meeting is taking place in Rome, the city where the Apostles Peter and Paul are buried - "for all Christians, both Apostles are an important point of reference: they are like 'pillars' of the Church"

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Pope establishes new Secretariat for Communication
Pope establishes new Secretariat for Communication

Pope Francis has issued an apostolic letter in the form of a Motu Proprio in which he has instituted the Secretariat for Communication. The full text of the letter follows: "The current communications context, characterised by the presence and development of digital media, and by factors of convergence and interactivity, requires a re-evaluation of the information system of the Holy See and commitment to reorganisation that, taking into consideration what has developed historically within the communication structures of the Apostolic See, proceeds decisively towards integration and

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Pope Francis tells new archbishops: 'be true witnesses'
Pope Francis tells new archbishops: 'be true witnesses'

New archbishops from around the world gathered at St Peter's Basilica on Monday, for a special Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, patrons of Rome, and the blessing of the Pallium. Among the new prelates were Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, and Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly. In his homily Pope Francis advised the new archbishops to be true witnesses in the way they live. "Teach prayer by praying, announce the faith by believing; offer witness by living!" he told them.

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Pope sends video message to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay
Pope sends video message to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay

...I want to be a witness of this joy of the Gospel and bring to you the tenderness and caress of God, our Father, especially to your children most in need, to the elderly, the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, to those who are victims of this throwaway culture. The love of the merciful Father allows us beyond measure to discover the face of his Son Jesus in each brother, in each sister of ours, in the neighbour. One only needs to come close, to be a neighbour. As Jesus said to that young doctor of the law when he asked: Who is my neighbour? Go and do what the Good Samaritan did, go and

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Agreement signed between Holy See and State of Palestine
Agreement signed between Holy See and State of Palestine

A Comprehensive Agreement was signed between the Holy See and the State of Palestine on Friday 26 June, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace. The accord follows on the Basic Agreement which was signed between the Holy See and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on 15 February 2000 and is the result of the negotiations undertaken by a bilateral working commission over the past years. Archbishop Paul R Gallagher, secretary for Relations with States, signed on behalf of the Holy See and Riad Al-Malki, minister of Foreign Affairs, signed for the State of Palestine.

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Holy Land: Archbishop arrested during peaceful protest over seizure of church property
Holy Land: Archbishop arrested during peaceful protest over seizure of church property

Israeli forces arrested Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, on Saturday, as he took part in a march protesting over the illegal seizure of a Christian hospital which is part of al-Baraka Presbyterian church complex, north of Hebron. A delegation from the Presbyterian church as well as international and Israeli peace activists took part in the march against the sale of the hospital, which provided medical services to Palestinians. The sale is illegal under international and canonical law.

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Maronite  Archbishop reports on deteriorating situation in Syria
Maronite Archbishop reports on deteriorating situation in Syria

The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Archbishop Samir Nassar, has written a letter describing the deteriorating situation in Syria, entitled: 'From Anxiety to Hope'. He writes: It seems that the Syrian crisis is the cruelest human drama since the Second World War. Here are the dramatic figures: Four out of five Syrians live below the poverty line. The number of refugees inside and outside Syria is 12 million.

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US Bishops: 'Supreme Court decision on marriage a tragic error'
US Bishops: 'Supreme Court decision on marriage a tragic error'

The US Supreme Court decision on 26 June, interpreting the US Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex marriage "is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us," said Archbishop Joseph E Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable.

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 Rome: Thousands join climate march to celebrate Laudato Si
Rome: Thousands join climate march to celebrate Laudato Si

People of faith, civil society groups, and communities impacted by climate change marched together in Rome this Sunday to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders. Under the banner of 'One Earth One Family', the march brought together Catholics and other Christians, followers of non-Christian faiths, environmentalists and people of goodwill. The march ended in St Peter's Square in time for the Pope's weekly Angelus. The celebratory march was accompanied by a musical band,

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Vatican: Presentation of Eighth World Meeting of Families
Vatican: Presentation of Eighth World Meeting of Families

A delegation from America came to the Vatican this morning to present the Eighth World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Philadelphia from 22 to 27 September this year, on the theme 'Love is our mission. The family fully alive'. The speakers were Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family; Archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, OFM Cap of Philadelphia with his auxiliary, Bishop John J McIntyre, and Jerry and Lucille Francesco, a couple from the same archdiocese, now married for 50 years.

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 India: Christians deliver Cardinal's Ramadan Message to Muslim scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
India: Christians deliver Cardinal's Ramadan Message to Muslim scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Fr Thomas V Kunnunkal SJ, President of Islamic Studies Association, Delhi, with Fr TK John Professor Emeritus, Fr PR John SJ and Victor Edwin SJ of Vidyajyoti College of Theology visited Maulana Wahiduddin Khan at his residence in West Nizamuddin, Delhi and delivered the message that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Commission for Interreligious Dialogue sent to Muslims to wish them 'a peaceful and joyful celebration of the month of Ramzan and Eid al-Fitr, the celebration marking the end of Ramadan.' Maulana Khan is a noted Islamic scholar and peace activist.

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Nepal: Solidarity is bringing hope after the earthquake
Nepal: Solidarity is bringing hope after the earthquake

Two months after the massive earthquake which struck on 25 April, Nepal is still shaken and unstable, but those who survived are starting to look to the future with hope, Fr Louis Prakash, SJ, Director of programs at the Nepal Jesuit Social Institute in Kathmandu said yesterday. "The earthquake left behind a trail of death and destruction," Fr Prakash said. About 8,000 people were killed and nearly 14,000 injured. "People were terrified and totally destabilized. But the Nepalese have begun to recover from the shock and to reorganize their lives.

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 ​Pope Francis:  Division between Christians is a scandal
​Pope Francis: Division between Christians is a scandal

On the 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis sent a message to Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary World Council of Churches....The 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches is an occasion of thanksgiving to Almighty God for the meaningful ecumenical relationship which we enjoy today. So too, it is a moment to thank the Lord for all that the ecumenical movement has achieved since its beginning over one hundred years ago,

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Pope Francis: Children are traumatized by family breakups, arguments
Pope Francis: Children are traumatized by family breakups, arguments

Parents need to put aside self-inflicted wounds, anger and discord in order to protect their children, Pope Francis told thousands of pilgrims gathered under overcast skies for the weekly General Audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading from Matthew (Mt 18,6) in which Jesus says to his disciples: "unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." And, Christ's grave warning: "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung

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US Bishop urges Congress to support legislation opening America to Cuba
US Bishop urges Congress to support legislation opening America to Cuba

Congress should oppose legal changes that would reverse the recent warming of relations with Cuba, US Bishop Oscar Cantú has said in letters to the US Senate and House of Representatives. Bishop Cantú, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, chairman of the US bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peacealso urged support for the 'The Freedom to Export to Cuba Act of 2015' and 'The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015'. "Our Conference has long spoken out against the negative effects of the US trade and travel embargo of Cuba.

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Vatican: Working document for  Family Synod released
Vatican: Working document for Family Synod released

This morning (Tuesday 23rd June) in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the Instrumentum Laboris of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the theme, "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and contemporary world" (4-25 October 2015). The speakers were: Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops; Cardinal Peter Erdo, archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary, general rapporteur of the 14th General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops; and Archbishop Bruno Forte

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Buddhists, Catholics begin new dialogue at Focolare headquarters
Buddhists, Catholics begin new dialogue at Focolare headquarters

Buddhists and Catholics from the United States are taking part in a meeting for the first time this week, focused on the themes of 'Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity'. The five day event, which opened today at the headquarters of the Focolare movement in Castelgandolfo, includes 46 Buddhist and Catholic participants from the US. In his opening address, the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Cardinal Tauran said: "in a world where diversity is seen as a threat", the encounter is "a sign of our openness towards one another and our commitment to

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Bishop Lang voices concern over arson attack on Catholic church in Israel
Bishop Lang voices concern over arson attack on Catholic church in Israel

It is with a sense of great sadness and deep regret that I learnt last week of the arson attack that gutted part of the Catholic Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. A verse from a Hebrew prayer denouncing the worship of "false gods" was spray-painted in red on a church wall, and the common consensus seems to be that Jewish zealots were responsible. This is an important church in our tradition that is revered by Christians worldwide.

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Israel: Thousands protest at destruction of church by Jewish extremists
Israel: Thousands protest at destruction of church by Jewish extremists

Thousands of Christians gathered on Sunday at the Church of the Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, badly damaged in an arson attack last Thursday. Hundreds of young people protested, blocked the roads carrying crosses and white and yellow Vatican flags and singing hymns. A special Mass was celebrated in the gutted church by Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem of the Latins. The Mass was attended by US deputy ambassador to Israel, William Grant, while the Benedictine monastic community living in the Sanctuary welcomed the Druze and Muslim delegations who came to

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Pope  questions: how can a Christian produce weapons?
Pope questions: how can a Christian produce weapons?

"... There are situations that make us think, ' is it worth living like this?'. I think of the wars in this world. At times I have said that we are living a third world war, but in pieces. There is war in Europe, there is war in Africa, there is war in the Middle East, there is war in other countries ... But can I trust in a life like this? Can I trust world leaders? When I go to vote for a candidate, can I trust that he or she will not take my country to war? If you trust only in men, you have lost! Think of the people, leaders, entrepreneurs, who say they are Christians and then produce weapons!

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