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ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Christians in Holy Land call for an 'open Jerusalem' at Easter
Easter celebrations began with the Palm Sunday procession. A minute of silence was held for the victims of the attacks in Egypt. A sea of pilgrims is expected, but the Israeli army shut down crossings for a week.
Pope: closeness of God is not physical or temporal, but "of love"
Benedict XVI blesses the "infants" for Nativity scenes brought by the children of Rome, and offers the prayer: Open our hearts / that we may receive Jesus in joy / always do what he asks / and see him in all those / who are in need of our love.
Pope: UN Durban review conference on racism "important"
The UN conference is being boycotted by the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, and criticized by the Italian government. Benedict XVI hopes for common, constructive work to put an end to every form of racism with education. A greeting to the Orthodox Churches, which are celebrating Pascha today. Thanks for the wishes he received on the occasion of his birthday (April 16) and for the anniversary of his election as pontiff (today, April 19). The Divine Mercy is the source of unity in the Church, "one family" with "one heart and one soul."
17/02/2008 VATICAN - LEBANON
Pope: The Transfiguration and the way of the Cross. An appeal for Lebanon
Benedict XVI asks politicians of the Lebanese nation to find the ways of reconciliation, and choose a head of state. At the reflection before the Angelus, he emphasises the Transfiguration, as an anticipation of the resurrection, which presupposes following Jesus on the way of the Cross.
29/04/2004 vatican - world mission sunday
Pope: Missionary zeal needed in a world full of challenges
"Eucharist and Mission", the theme for the Mission Sunday Message 2004
16/04/2005 Vatican - World Mission Sunday 2005
"Mission: Bread broken for the life of the world"
Message of John Paul II for World Mission Sunday 2005.
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