19 January 2018
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THE POPE VISITS LOURDES


15/08/2004
Pope tells women to be free defending life and that which is invisible

The Pope spoke again of the status of women in the final mass of the pilgrimage. He appealed to the young to "give life meaning".


14/08/2004
"Ina" Mary's love changed my life

Economic problems, abortions, divisions, and a slim devotional thread to Our Lady of Lourdes.


14/08/2004
Pope: suffering is not useless. It is an offering for the world
An analysis of the Papal first day in Lourdes, among pain, prayers, care for the world.

13/08/2004
Sick Hindus and Hindu students join Christians in prayer before the statue of Mary

Interview with Father George Puthenpura, PIME India.


13/08/2004
Catholics in Henan province ask for Lourdes water
A Catholic physician applied it on patients during the SARS emergency and many were healed.

13/08/2004
Faith in Mary, A-Bomb survivor

Bishop of Nagasaki: "In the Feast Day of the Assumption the whole of Japan will join together to pray for peace."


11/08/2004
Pope reveals why he is going on pilgrimage to Lourdes

Lourdes message: spiritual healing of modern man, world peace in God.


10/08/2004
In spirit Chinese Catholics join pilgrim Pope in Lourdes

A message from one priest: "Your Holiness, we cannot be there in person but we are with you in our prayers. With all their suffering, all Chinese Catholics place themselves in Mary's trusting care." On the Feast of the Assumption, many faithful will receive the Sacrament of Baptism.


09/08/2004
Lourdes: pilgrims from Asia among the many

North Korean defectors among the faithful.


07/08/2004
The Pope in Lourdes, a pilgrim among the sick, entrusting himself to Mary

For internet users: webcam on Massabielle Grotto shows devotions live.




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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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