The exhibition is open until December 23rd. The works of Mauro Valsangiacomo will be used to raise funds to rebuild the monastery of the Trappist nuns of Azeir.
Mar Sako: in Jesus the example of humanity to be followed. Christians can make an essential contribution to the rebirth of the country. The unity between faith and different ethnic groups is the basis on which to build the future. Christmas Eve mass in Baghdad concelebrated by the Vatican Secretary of State. Is Parolin's visit to prepare for a future Papal trip to Iraq?
Mgr Georges Abou Khazen is taking part "with devotion and meditation" in Advent celebrations. However, there is little optimism and a lot of fatigue in the city about the end of the conflict. The Latin parish is providing clothing 900 children, including Muslims.
"Dreams are a privileged place to look for the truth because in them we do not defend ourselves from the truth. They come, and ... and God also speaks in dreams; not always, because it is usually our unconscious that comes, but God so often chooses to speak in dreams.”
Thousands came from India in search of work in the 1950s. The first generations worked as street cleaners or tea pickers. Today their youth are studying and looking for better jobs. Landless, the community lives in slums.
The first episcopal ordination without papal mandate is celebrated with meeting and a seminar. The original event split the Chinese Church. For Wang Zuoan, deputy chief of the United Front, the principles of independence and self-management will not be eliminated "at any time and under any circumstances". Noting that more than half of China’s 98 dioceses have no bishop and in others prelates are very old, Mgr Ma Yinglin called for “politically reliable" bishops.
Since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2012, about 1,000-1,500 North Koreans have left the country each year. Between January and November 2018, Seoul has authorised several humanitarian missions in the North, including drugs, milk powder and flour worth US$ 4.15 million. The North slams new US sanctions that threaten “denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula”. South Korea is trying to mediate. New talks are set with the US.
Francis message for the 52nd World Day of Peace. In “a climate of mistrust rooted in the fear of others or of strangers, or anxiety about one’s personal security ", "our societies need “artisans of peace” who can be messengers and authentic witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family ".
The request comes from the Protestant Christian group Persecution Relief. The secretary general of the Catholic bishops condemns the desecration of the church in Assam. In India religious freedom is guaranteed by Article 25 of the Constitution.
In his Message for the World Day of Peace, the pontiff asks for a conversion of the heart so that politics returns to being a concern for the common good. The "Beatitudes of the politician", invoked across the world. A widespread and profound division between the political classes and the populations is evident. Being "artisans of peace".
In this way Jesus comes,
to be born again in each of our lives
and, through us,
he continues to be the gift of salvation
for the little ones and the excluded.
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