Eco-ecumenism

26-06-2015  
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At the end of the Encyclical Laudato sì, Pope Francis proposes two different prayers: one for those who believe in the One Triune God, and the other for those who do not believe in Him. This shows his desire to have all religions, all beliefs, all opinions unite and mobilize against the ecological threat. Ecologists […]

United States: Number of abortions has gone down

26-06-2015  
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According to a survey published on June 7 by the American news service AP (Associated Press), abortions have declined 12% since 2010 in the United States. The study shows that “most” of the States reporting significantly lower figures are among the 31 that voted for laws restricting access to elective abortion in recent years. Research […]

Switzerland: Religion teacher fired for criticizing Islam

26-06-2015  
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The Catholic parish of Lucerne (central Swizterland) fired a religion teacher, 62-year-old Thomas Banwart, after he was denounced for some comments about Islam that were deemed “too negative”. According to the local weekly newspaper Zentralschweiz am Sonntag dated June 7, 2015, an adolescent who is a Muslim believer is said to have written, in 2014, […]

France: A mayor consecrates his town to the Sacred Heart

26-06-2015  
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Philippe de Beauregard, mayor of Camaret-sur-Aigues (Vaucluse), consecrated his town of 4,600 inhabitants to the Sacred Heart on June 12, the Feast of the Sacred Heart. After a Mass celebrated in the local church, the mayor read the official text of the consecration which dates back to 1890. “We consecrate to You, O Sacred Heart […]

France: Fire destroys the Basilica of Saint Donatien in Nantes

26-06-2015  
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A fire on June 15, 2015, seriously damaged the Basilica of Saint-Donatien-et-Saint-Rogatien in Nantes (Western France). Despite the efforts of many firemen on site, the two thirds of the roof was destroyed by the flames. According to the daily news program 20 minutes on June 17, experts confirmed that the fire was accidental. It began […]

Syria: Bombings in Aleppo every day

26-06-2015  
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In a letter published on May 28, Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart, archbishop of Aleppo, confided to Aide à l’Église en Détresse (AED – Help to the Church in Distress) “his great sorrow on finding our Archbishopric destroyed and our Cathedral seriously damaged,” upon his return from the United States, where he had done his best, he […]

Vatican: A new commission to reform communications

26-06-2015  
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While meeting with Pope Francis June 8-10, 2015, the Council of Cardinals (“C-9”) encouraged a plan to reform Vatican communications over the next four years. Eight entities will be concerned: the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, the Press Office of the Holy See, Vatican Radio, Vatican Television Center, L’Osservatore Romano and its photo department, Libreria […]

Vatican: The first auditor general appointed

26-06-2015  
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On June 5, 2015, Pope Francis appointed the Italian accountant Libero Milone as the first auditor general of the Vatican’s finances for a five-year term of office. With the help of two assistants, he will be in charge of auditing the accounts of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia and of Vatican institutions and is […]

Vatican: President of the Pontifical Council for the Family under investigation

26-06-2015  
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On May 27, 2015, the Italian press announced an investigation of the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, for criminal conspiracy, fraud and embezzlement. Abp. Paglia is suspected of having approved, while he was Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia (in central Italy) from 2000 to 2012, the purchase of San Girolamo castle—at […]

Publication of the Encyclical Laudato sì

26-06-2015  
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  1. The document The Encyclical Laudato sì (“Praised be you”, taken from the Canticle of Creation by Saint Francis of Assisi) was published on June 18, 2015. It is dedicated to “the protection of our common home”. It is divided into 6 chapters, the logical interconnections among which are explained by Pope Francis in […]

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