Stopping the Recruitment of Child Soldiers

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February 12th marks the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers. It’s estimated that worldwide, there are roughly 300,000 kids, forced into armies. It’s a common practice for many terrorist groups, like Boko Haram, which has a strong presence in Nigeria. CARD. PETER TURKSON President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace “They strap the bombs to these young people because the military guys are not likely to search them very stringently. They can make them suicide victims.” South Sudan is also facing this challenge. According to a UN report, … Continue reading

Maronite Patriarch: ‘Pray for Stability in Lebanon’

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Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai Explains Need of Christian Presence in the Middle East By H. Sergio Mora ROME, February 11, 2015 (Zenit.org) – A bronze bust containing the relic of Saint Maron’s skull was part of the event on Monday, February 9, of the Maronite community of Rome. It began with a Mass presided over by Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, and was attended by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and several Ambassadors to the Holy See. The Lebanese Catholic Patriarch, who spoke to ZENIT, … Continue reading

VIDEO – Pope Francis pleads for peace in Niger: You can’t wage war in the name of God

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During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis made a plea for peace in Niger. After the recent publication of cartoons depicting Prophet Muhammad, violent protests have erupted against Christians in the country. At least 10 people have been killed and 45 churches destroyed. POPE FRANCIS’ FULL APPEAL Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like for us to pray together, for the victims of the protests that erupted these last few days in Niger. Children and churches have been targets of brutal acts of violence. Let’s ask the Lord for the … Continue reading

Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

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By Kevin J. Jones Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. “The Church is a very big player in the humanitarian efforts,” said Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, the pontifical council’s secretary. “The fact that we are helping the whole population without regard to religion, creeds or race … this is a very … Continue reading

From Amman: Starting Afresh from Education to Counter Terrorism

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Martino Diez A few days before the visit of Pope Francis, the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue brought together Christians and Muslims to talk about education. In the meanwhile, a few miles away the cyclone of the Syrian war was in full swing. This was not the first time that the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies of Amman and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue had met for a few days of work. But the conference of this year, which was on education, … Continue reading

Fraternity extinguishes war

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE  WORLD DAY OF PEACE 1 JANUARY 2014 FRATERNITY, THE FOUNDATION AND PATHWAY TO PEACE 1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which draws us to fellowship with others and enables us to see them … Continue reading