19 January 2018
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October: Rosary and mission

Faisalabad: pray the rosary to stop violence and hate

The parish priest of Warispura wanted to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary with three days of Marian devotion. During his Sunday homily, Fr Yousaf George recalled the figure of Mary, unique in history, and her presence in the contemporary world.

Manila: feast of Our Lady of La Naval, "helper of Christian navies"

In 1981, John Paul II dedicated the Philippines and all Asia to Mary, Queen of the Rosary, with the title of La Naval. The feast recalls five battles back in 1646, won by the Filipinos against Dutch invaders, thanks to the rosary and the Blessed Virgin's intercession.

China: my vocation came from rosary prayed in my family

Taking up the invitation of the pope – to dedicate October to praying the Rosary and to mission – we present today the testimony of a priest of the underground Church, whose vocation grew thanks to the Rosary prayed in his family, notwithstanding persecution.

Pope: Rosary for peace and mission in the world

Benedict XVI invited families and communities to pray the Rosary throughout October, a month dedicated also to the missions, which have as their patroness St Thérèse of the Child Jesus. The pope mentioned meeting the patriarch of Baghdad and also drew attention to degraded urban suburbs.

Pope: purpose of mission is to spread

In his message for the World Mission Day, Benedict XVI stresses that "if it is not guided by charity, if it does not spring, that is, from a profound act of divine love," mission, the primary task of the ecclesial community, "risks reducing itself to mere philanthropic and social activity."

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

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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.

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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