On the occasion of the awarding of the 2018 Ratzinger Prize, Pope Francis praised the Pope Emeritus and the "constructive dialogue with today’s culture". The prize winners are Marianne Schlosser, a Catholic theologian at the University of Vienna, and Mario Botta, a Swiss architect who built several churches. The pontiff expressed his appreciation for the contribution of women in theology and the construction of "sacred space in the city of men".
Underway since 2014, the project has touched 1.4 million Filipinos. The 2013 disaster affected 3,424,593 families in nine regions, causing the death of 6,193 people and injuring another 28,689. The Catholic Church, together with Caritas, raised about US$ 61 million.
The sale of the family home of the Muslim holder of the key to the Holy Sepulcher confirms a growing trend. For a Palestinian, to give up property to a Jew is considered a disgrace and a betrayal. For Jewish intermediaries, it is a "peaceful" and "fantastic" way to carry on the territorial conflict. The issue also worries Christian religious leaders. Greek Orthodox bishop slams the trend, saying that it is aimed at marginalising the Christian presence in the Holy Land.
Tomorrow is the second edition of the event, established by Pope Francis. The district of Raigad is the mission area of the Archdiocese of Bombay, less than 200 km from the mega city. Tribals are exploited at work, do not go to school, and lack essential services.
The districts of Nagapattinam and Vedaranniyam were the most affected areas. The Basilica of Our Lady of Health in Vailankanni, the largest Marian shrine in India, also sustained damages. Local and church authorities are bringing relief to thousands of displaced people.