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VATICAN - IRAN
Iran to join pope at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia
The first of a series of meetings an Iranian delegation and the Vatican took place yesterday. In a private audience, Francis met with one of Iran's vice presidents. The Middle East crisis and Iran's nuclear programme were at the centre of the discussion. Speaking to AsiaNews, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family said that "the family is a crucial and fundamental resource for society, an asset for all cultures and religions."
Pope: "There is no future for people" without inter-generational encounter, when elderly are “discarded”
Pope Benedict XVI, "the wise grandfather in the home” attends "The blessing of long life" event. "How often we discard the elderly with an attitude of abandonment that is real and concrete euthanasia". "Homes for the elderly are great ... as long as they are truly homes, not prisons!" The testimony of two elderly people who fled Iraqi Kurdistan: "abuse of the elderly is inhuman, just as it is of children."
26/01/2016 17:49:00 VATICAN – IRAN
Pope Francis and Rouhani discuss Iran's role in Mideast peace and religious freedom
During a 40-minute meeting, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Pope Francis discussed terrorism and arms trafficking, as well as “the importance of interreligious dialogue and the responsibility of religious communities in promoting reconciliation, tolerance and peace." Upon leaving, the Iranian leader asked the pontiff to pray for me."
Pope: a Bible for every family, to read it often, every day
At the Angelus, Pope Francis invites people to read the Sacred Book, "either individually or together, husband and wife, parents and children, maybe in the evening, especially on Sundays”. Copies of the Bible are distributed by the Pauline family, to celebrate the centenary of their foundation. Pray for the work of the Synod, "invoking the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary."
13/02/2015 VATICAN - IRAN
Shahindokht Molaverdi: Iranian women are the most educated and emancipated in the Middle East
The Iranian vice president spoke to AsiaNews about the status of women in her country. Iranian women are in a better position than those of other Islamic nations of the area in terms of education, university enrolment and health. In Iran, efforts are being made to boost women's participation and representation in politics and the economy.
03/06/2012 VATICAN- ITALY
Pope at Festival of Families in Bresso's North Park
In an unscripted intervention Benedict XVI answers questions from some families in difficulty: on fidelity, on the economic crisis, divorce, work and celebration. The pope recalls his childhood: "Heaven will be like coming home and will have the same joy of my childhood." Politicians should be more responsible and not make promises they can not keep. To the divorced: the Church loves you, no one wants to forget about you.
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