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A second terrorist attack hits church in Alexandria where Tawadros II was celebrating Mass
The Coptic Orthodox Patriarch is unharmed. So far 11 are dead and 66 wounded. Initial reports indicate a suicide bomber was responsible. Egypt’s National Defence Council is set to meet. Some call for an overhaul of security measures around churches.
15/01/2015 CHINA - UNITED STATES
Facebook's hypocrisy, between the Charlie Hebdo massacre and China's censorship
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social networking service, and his company are in favour of freedom of expression, even willing to die for it. However, he has forgotten that, for the sake of money, his group has censured those who dared to challenge China's government.
For pope, Christ fights the world's evils and sufferings by taking them on and defeating them through God's mercy
During the Angelus, Pope Francis spoke about how Jesus dealt with evil, noting with irony that he "does not act from a safe distance, nor does He act by proxy" or give "a 'lecture' on pain," but "takes upon himself the weight of our human condition [. . .] to free us in a radical and definitive way." Addressing the crowd directly, he asked them, "When you help others, do you look them in the eyes, do you welcome them without fear of touching them?" He sent his greetings to the peoples of the Far East for the lunar New Year, and elicited a round of applause for the new cardinals.
Tawadros II meets the victims of al-Khosous
The meeting with the families of the seven Christians killed in sectarian clashes took place yesterday evening in Cairo. President Morsi sends officials to seek a rapprochement with the patriarch after the attacks on St Mark Cathedral. In mid-May, Tawadros II will be in Rome to meet Pope Francis.
25/04/2017 12:34:00 VATICAN
Pope: Our mission is 'to go where Jesus is not known or where Jesus is persecuted'
On St. Mark's Day, Pope Francis emphasizes the urgency of announcing the Gospel "on the road, never sitting still" without looking for "life insurance". The style of proclamation is humility. "The proclamation of the Gospel if it is true, suffers temptation." But "He works with us."
Orthodox religion now mandatory in school classroom
A mandatory course in the basics of Orthodox culture is set to start in four provinces of the Russian Federation. For Patriarch Aleksij II, "pupils should know the history of their culture". Last year, a similar proposal by the Moscow Patriarchate had led to tensions with the Catholic Church in Russia.
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