Benedict XVI, cooperator of Truth
First Regina Coeli for Benedict XVI
The window of the study in the Apostolic Palace opens after the death of John Paul II with best wishes to Orthodox Churches that celebrate Easter today. The Holy Father Benedict XVI speaks about the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker and jokes with the faithful in the square. He greets ACLI delegations attending the service and prays that there may be employment for those who need it that is dignified. After the Regina Cli, his thoughts turn to the people of Togo, "torn by painful domestic strife".
Benedict XVI: "Not my own will, but with the whole Church, to do the word and will of the Lord"
Benedict XVI does not present a "programme of governance" but, with the whole Church, must live the zeal of Christ towards "the deserts of the world": only love saves from destructive power and violence. "There is nothing more beautiful than to know Christ and to speak to others of our friendship with Him." An appeal to unity: "So there shall be one flock, one shepherd". To young people: "Do not be afraid of Christ. He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything."
EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'
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.
15/01/2018 LEBANON - SYRIA
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