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After Egypt trip, Pope Francis hails ‘healthy secularism’ approach

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By Josephine McKenna An Egyptian flag flutters in the foreground as Pope Francis waves after a Mass in Cairo on April 29, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-EGYPT, originally transmitted on May 3, 2017.’ VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis hailed his visit to Egypt as a “sign of peace” in …

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(Itlay) Showing common touch, Pope visits Muslim, elderly families in Milan

Showing common touch, Pope visits Muslim, elderly families in Milan

MILAN: Pope Francis showed the common touch during a trip to Italy’s business capital on Saturday, visiting the homes of working-class families, including a Muslim one, and using an outdoor portable toilet. Instead of making his entry into the northern city via its grand centre, site of a Gothic cathedral, top fashion labels and the famed La Scala opera house, …

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Vatican, Al-Azhar team up to counter violence in the name of religion

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by Elise Harris Vatican City, .- The Vatican and one of Islam’s most renowned schools of Sunni thought are joining forces to discuss how they can work together in combating religious extremism that uses God’s name to justify violence. On Feb. 21 the Vatican announced that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, will travel to …

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Pope Francis meets Hebrew University officials to plan interfaith education program

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Pope Francis met with officials from Hebrew University of Jerusalem to develop and plan an interfaith educational program seeking to promote civic opportunity and dialogue among youths from the Middle East and around the world. According to organizers, the initiative will be an international conference hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Scholas Occurentes program and Hebrew University’s Truman Research Institute next …

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Pope makes renewed plea on behalf of Rohingyas

Pope makes renewed plea on behalf of Rohingyas

by Elise Harris Vatican City– On Wednesday Pope Francis made an urgent appeal for prayer on behalf for all suffering due to slavery and exploitation, pointing specifically to the minority Rohingya population of Myanmar, who have undergone violent persecution for years. “I would like pray with you today in a special way for our brother and sister Rohingya. They were …

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Don’t build walls, Pope Francis says

By Philip Pullella Pope Francis leads his Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on Dec. 26, 2016. (Reuters) Pope Francis said on Wednesday (Feb. 8) that society should not create “walls but bridges” to encourage good relations among people, adding it was wrong to be spiteful and say “I’ll make you pay for that.” U.S. President Donald Trump …

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Middle East peace center of meeting between Francis, Abbas

by Elise Harris Vatican City, Jan 14, 2017 / 05:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican Saturday before inaugurating his countrys new embassy to the Holy See, where he met with Pope Francis for a discussion focused largely on peace efforts in the Middle East. Described as cordial in Jan. 14 communique from the Vatican, the …

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Love can be only response to evil, Pope tells attack survivors

ByHannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Sep 24, 2016 / 09:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the face of the devil’s assaults, we must respond as God would, promoting respect for others and extending love and forgiveness to those who have harmed us, Pope Francis said in a Saturday audience with survivors of the terror attack in Nice, France in July. When the …

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Pope of non-violence

Written by Sudheendra Kulkarni Pope Francis message is one that India and Pakistan must hear. Your Holiness, please come to India. Yes, next year, Pope Francis answered softly but emphatically and with a smile. The twinkle in his eyes accentuated his joy at meeting an Indian and showed the popes keenness to visit a country he knows should have been …

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