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Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping

Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong in World Issues,

Vatican hints that Pope Francis may meet Xi Jinping. Any encounter in Rome this week would be the first between a Chinese leader and a pope. Although a visit to the Vatican is not on Xi’s official schedule for his state visit to Italy, Monaco and France from March 21-26, a senior Vatican source claimed that the pope is willing to meet Xi and that the president’s intermediaries had made overtures to the Vatican.

Pope calls for prayer for persecuted Christians

Pope calls for prayer for persecuted Christians

by: Rose Gamble-The Tablet in World Issues,

Pope Francis has called for people to pray for Christians persecuted "because they speak the truth and proclaim Jesus Christ to this society".  The Pope begins the 60-second recording released on Wednesday 6 March by telling listeners that there are more martyrs today than in the first centuries.

Brexit and Catholic Social Teaching

Brexit and Catholic Social Teaching

by: Tina Beattie-The Tablet in World Issues,

The role played by religion has been largely ignored in debates surrounding Brexit – but as a leading Catholic academic points out, religious faith continues to be a decisive factor in shaping the lives and identities of many British people.

Cardinal Zen: Communists destroy foundation of equality

Cardinal Zen: Communists destroy foundation of equality

by: UCAN - Reporters in World Issues,

"I want to remember those heroes suffering in China and Hong Kong for respecting human dignity, freedom and democracy".  Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun received the Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in United States capital Washington on Jan. 28.

Cafod criticises report calling for massive overseas aid cuts

Cafod criticises report calling for massive overseas aid cuts

by: Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in World Issues,

The Catholic Church's aid agency Cafod has criticised a report calling for a multi-billion pound cut in the UK's overseas aid budget. The report, "Global Britain: A Blueprint for the 21st Century", with a foreword by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, argues among other things for the closure of the Department for International Development.

Pope Francis condemns dangers of digital world

Pope Francis condemns dangers of digital world

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in World Issues,

In a message to mark the Church's world communications day, the Pope welcomes possibilities the web and social networks open up but also warns of the dangers. “If the internet represents an extraordinary possibility of access to knowledge, it is also true that it has proven to be one of the areas most exposed to disinformation and to the conscious and targeted distortion of facts and interpersonal relationships, which are often used to discredit,” he writes. 

Mosque attack kills 2 in southern Philippines

Mosque attack kills 2 in southern Philippines

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in World Issues,

Zamboanga City blast comes 3 days after twin Jolo Cathedral bombings claim 21 lives. Claretian missionary priest Angel Calvo, president of Peace Advocates Zamboanga, appealed for calm and called on people to pray for peace. "These are terroristic and barbaric acts," said the priest who has worked to foster inter-religious dialogue among Christians and Muslims in Mindanao for more than four decades.

Visiting bishops see 'incomprehensible complexity' of Holy Land situation

Visiting bishops see 'incomprehensible complexity' of Holy Land situation

by: Catholic News Service in World Issues,

Bishops participating in the annual Holy Land Coordination see "great need" to promote an understanding between Israelis and Palestinians, said Bishop Noel Treanor of Down and Connor, Ireland. "There is ... a need to devise ways for both people to understand that, ultimately and finally, for the common good of all, a permanent and sustainable solution is needed," said Bishop Treanor.

UK in 'amazing' mess over Brexit, says Catholic bishop

UK in 'amazing' mess over Brexit, says Catholic bishop

by: Simon Caldwell-Catholic News Service in World Issues,

"The problem with the House of Commons is that three-quarters of the members voted to remain," said Rees-Mogg, chair of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, on ITV news Jan. 15. "Therefore, you have got a 'remainer' House of Commons trying to implement a 'leave' that it doesn't want. That is why you have no agreement on the deal.

Ecological conversion: Greening the Christian heart

Ecological conversion: Greening the Christian heart

by: Brother William Ng OFM - UCAN in World Issues,

Respect for the environment should take center stage in 2019 to change ideas about the proper use of the Earth's resources. So, the ecological crisis summons all Christians to a profound interior conversion. The result of an ecological conversion means that the Christian encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in the relationship with the world around us.

God's love is what will change the world, says Pope

God's love is what will change the world, says Pope

by: Cindy Wooden, CNS in World Issues,

The birth of Jesus teaches Christians that love is more valuable than anything else and is what will change the world, Pope Francis said. "In Bethlehem, we discover that the life of God can enter into our hearts and dwell there. If we welcome that gift, history changes, starting with each of us," the pope said in his homily at Mass Dec. 24 in St. Peter's Basilica.

SILENT NIGHT, Austria's melodic message of peace

SILENT NIGHT, Austria's melodic message of peace

by: Greg Tasker - BBC in World Issues,

Every Christmas Eve, hundreds of people from all over the world crowd outside the octagonal-shaped chapel in Oberndorf, Austria, to sing along to one of the world’s most-beloved Christmas carols: Silent Night. It’s a scene especially poignant this holiday season, as 24 December 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the song’s humble origins in Oberndorf. 

Climate Change is man-made, says Cardinal Parolin

Climate Change is man-made, says Cardinal Parolin

by: La Croix International staff - Poland in World Issues,

The Vatican’s Secretary of State has told delegates at the UN Climate Summit that climate change is caused by humans and that we all bear responsibility to protect and value creation. Speaking at the COP-24 conference on Tuesday, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the international community also has a moral responsibility to address climate change.

Might the people get another vote?

Might the people get another vote?

by: Julia Langdon-The Tablet in World Issues,

Just once in a while, in the middle of a complex and difficult political muddle, there can come a moment when the voice of common sense can be heard above the clamour, ringing with the blessed clarity of a bell from a church steeple. “What I want,” said the plaintive voice of a woman on the radio this week, “is for all this nonsense to stop.”

Brexit: Who will captain this sinking ship?

Brexit: Who will captain this sinking ship?

by: Conor Gearty-The Tablet in World Issues,

Shortly after the 2016 referendum, a friend of mine, an experienced diplomat, said of Brexit that it could best be understood as a type of cult, played out on a vast – and therefore catastrophic – national stage. We both knew of the likely range of disastrous consequences that would flow from the “decision” that the “people” had supposedly then just taken.

Fraternity, a revived ideal

Fraternity, a revived ideal

by: Jean-Christophe Ploquin - La Croix International in World Issues,

In a world where national egotism is growing stronger, fraternity still has something to offer. The concept has formed part of the France's motto of  “liberty, equality, fraternity” since 1848. Now, France’s Constitutional Council has ruled that fraternity “must be respected as a constitutional principle by the legislator and may be invoked in legal hearings.”