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Caritas awaits the Pope in Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 marzo 2021

Caritas Internationalis is with the Holy Father on this pilgrimage to Iraq, a crucial moment of expressing solidarity with Christians in the country and in the Middle East. It is a moment to call for dialogue and reconciliation in a country recovering from decades of war. The confederation unites with the Pope on this visit which will be “a strong sign of hope to Christian and Muslim alike”. The director of Caritas Iraq, Nabil Nissan, directs this message to Pope Francis, “Our strength is inspired by our faith and hope and your visit will strengthen these things and will enable us to bear our cross.Since 1992, Caritas Iraq has been at the forefront, serving, defending and accompanying the poorest and the vulnerable both Muslims and Christians without any distinction, and thus building bridges between the different communities in a country heavily plagued by sectarian divisions.Currently, Caritas is serving more than 5000 families per month and works in neglected areas such as in Fallujah and Mosul. Caritas has served almost 390,000 people in Iraq since ISIS started attacking communities in 2014. “Pope Francis’ visit an important moment at this time of Lent. It is a sign of hope for Christians, it is a message of peace and reconciliation to the different communities to build bridges with other faiths and within communities,” says Aloysius John, Caritas Internationalis secretary general.At these dark moments of the history of Iraq, the mission of Caritas Iraq is to give hope through the expression of solidarity to the Christian communities, and other religious minorities, who are severely deprived of their needs and who have left the country in large numbers over the last 20 years due to severe discrimination and violence, such as that perpetrated by the Islamic State. Beyond material help, Caritas Iraq’s support to Christian communities is important to restore their self-confidence, recognise them as citizens on equal terms with other Iraqis, demonstrate the presence of the Church to the most vulnerable communities, give an opportunity to Christians to live out their faith through their work in Caritas.Working in four major governorates in Iraq (Baghdad Capital, Anbar, Mosul, Duhok), supported by over 270 staff and about 200 volunteers, Caritas offers a message of dialogue between communities. Programmes in Iraq include peace and reconciliation, livelihoods – to offer a chance to rebuild the lives of those who have been brought to their knees by war, violence and the economic crisis – shelter, education, psychological support, health, protection from COVID-19 and programmes to promote an active role of women and young people. Caritas Iraq is supported by different members of the confederation.

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The Meeting of Pope John XXIII and Prof. Jules Isaac

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 giugno 2020

Webinar – Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:00 (Philadelphia) / 17:00 (Rome) via ZOOM. The Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University together with the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, is pleased to present this webinar programme to conclude our events calendar for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Sixty years ago in Rome, the French educator and historian, Prof. Jules Isaac had a private audience with Pope John XXIII. The Jewish scholar presented a summary of his research into the Christian “teaching of contempt” for Jews and Judaism that had prevailed for centuries. He asked that the pope establish a subcommittee to study the subject in preparation for the upcoming Second Vatican Council. The pope replied, “That is what I have been thinking from the beginning of this meeting!” Their brief conversation led to the composition of the conciliar declaration Nostra Aetate and the birth of a new relationship between Jews and Catholics that has now unfolded for six decades. On this special occasion, we will have the opportunity to hear Dr Mary C. Boys, SNJM, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York, and Rabbi Dr Irving Greenberg who served for 23 years as a Founding President of CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and for 10 years as Founding President of the Jewish Life Network/ Steinhardt Foundation. Both will offer first-hand accounts of the impact of this encounter. To participate, pre‑register to receive the web address through the link at the bottom of the SJU page:

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Presentazione Libro: ”when a pope and a sultan spoke the same language of war”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 novembre 2019

Roma martedì 19 novembre, alle ore 16.00, Sioi Palazzetto di Venezia – Piazza San Marco, 51 Conferenza sul tema: Un Nuovo Sguardo su “l’Altro,” in occasione dell’uscita in Italia del volume: ”when a pope and a sultan spoke the same language of war” del Prof. P. Giulio Cipollone. Introdurrà il Presidente della SIOI, Franco Frattini. Interverranno: Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, Presidente del Pontificio Consiglio per il Dialogo Interreligioso; Franco Cardini, Professore Emerito di Storia Medioevale presso la Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa; Massimo D’alema, Presidente della Fondazione Italianieuropei; Salah Ramadan, Imam della Grande Moschea di Roma. Sarà, inoltre, presente l’Autore

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WOC Responds to Pope’s Comments on Women Deacons Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 Maggio 2019

WOC’s response to Pope Francis’ remarks May 7 indicating that the Vatican study commission on the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church has been unable to reach consensus:
For centuries, women have served in the tradition of Phoebe (Rm 16:1) and our parishes and communities are blessed by their gifts. Women are called to be deacons — by God and their communities — and model diaconal service for the Church. Recognizing the ministerial gifts and vocations of women is not optional. In his recent exhortation, Christus Vivit, Pope Francis wrote: “A Church that is overly fearful and tied to its structures can be invariably critical of efforts to defend the rights of women, and constantly point out the risks and the potential errors of those demands. A living Church can react by being attentive to the legitimate claims of those women who seek greater justice and equality” (42). We call on Pope Francis to act as the leader of a living Church, not an overly fearful one. The claims of women who seek justice and equality in ministry are legitimate, and must be attended to in a spirit of courage. We must not allow our attempts to study the past prevent us from moving where the Spirit calls us today: to be a Church with doors open to the fullness of women’s gifts and vocations.

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Pope launches Caritas ‘Share the Journey’ campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 settembre 2017

caritas“Hope is what drives the hearts of those who depart,” said Pope Francis on 27 September as he opened the Caritas ‘Share the Journey’ migration campaign. He gave an emotional endorsement for the need to build relationships between migrants, refugees and local communities. Speaking during his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, Pope Francis said, “It is also what drives the hearts of those who welcome: the desire to meet each other, get to know each other, to dialogue.”Pope Francis warned against what he called “the enemies of hope” as he launched the two-year campaign.“Hope is what drives ‘sharing the journey of life’, as the Caritas campaign we are inaugurating today reminds us. Brothers and sisters, we are not afraid to share the journey! We are not afraid to share hope!” A thousand Caritas supporters had travelled from all parts of Italy where they run local projects to help migrants and refugees. Some of those migrants shared Pope Francis’ podium and were able to meet him. The pope made the ‘Reach Out’ gesture – which Caritas is placing at the centre of its campaign – opening his arms out wide. ‘Reach Out’ is the symbol of a concrete mass action of meeting migrants, listening to their stories and sharing their journeys. Supporters worldwide are asked to perform the gesture in a social media awareness campaign. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis said, “If we bond with refugees and migrants, we will break down the barriers with which some are trying to separate us. The campaign reaches out to recognise, restore and share our common humanity.” The Caritas campaign is backed by its national organisations in more than 160 countries, by the ecumenical ACT Alliance of over 140 members, by the United Nations agencies the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the International Organisation for Migration, the UN’s refugee organisation, UNCHR and its’ World Food Programme, along with numerous religious and civil society organisations.

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Ronald S. Lauder welcomes Pope Francis’ visit to Auschwitz

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 luglio 2016

auschwitz-ii-birkenau-4NEW YORK – World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder has hailed Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as “a strong signal” against hatred and called the Catholic Church leader “one of the closest allies Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry.”Lauder said ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the former Nazi German death camp this Friday: “The World Jewish Congress welcomes Pope Francis’ historic visit to Auschwitz. Although there are no grave markers, this is the world’s largest Jewish graveyard.“It is also one of the most horrific places on the planet, and we find it appropriate that Pope Francis does not wish to make a speech during his visit, but to hold a silent prayer service together with over 1,000 survivors and representatives from around the world, as tribute to the 1.1 million men, women and children murdered at the camp.“Auschwitz is an eternal reminder of what can happen when hatred is allowed to fester, when the world remains silent in the face of evil and looks the other way as unspeakable crimes are being committed nearby,” declared the WJC president.“Pope Francis is one of the closest allies Jews have today in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred. He is a true friend of the Jewish people, a man who reaches out to others and embraces them. Never over the past 2,000 years have Catholic-Jewish relations been better.“We thank him for going to Auschwitz. His visit there sends an important signal to the world that this dark chapter must never be forgotten and that the truth about what happened seven decades ago must not be obfuscated,” he said.Referring to the murder of French priest, Jacques Hamel, earlier this week, as well as other terrorist acts that have taken place around the world, Lauder added: “This brutal attack in a house of worship, against an elderly priest, has come as a shock to all of us, and at a time when our societies are shaken by evil acts of terror, we must stand as one.“We must speak out and not be silent. We must defend each other, and we must look after one another: one religious community after the other, one country after the other. The scourge of terrorism, fanaticism and intolerance won’t be defeated unless we are united in our resolve to defeat it, across religious and cultural divides.”

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Pope Francis addresses UN: Greenpeace response

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2015

New YorkNew York. In reaction to the Pope’s speech to the UN summit on Sustainable Development Goals, Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, said:“Pope Francis has once again reminded world leaders that alleviating poverty and preserving the environment are part of the same struggle. As a global community, we must remedy the fundamental injustice of climate change: that those least responsible for causing it are being impacted the most.“We echo his call for the Paris agreement to be strong and effective, and that it must be followed by action. The first action must be creating a mechanism to increase the ambition of climate pledges made by most countries, which currently fall well short of what’s needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.“Our world leaders should start now by speeding up the complete phase-out of fossil fuels, and the transition to 100 percent renewable energy by the middle of the century.
“Greenpeace’s Energy (R)evolution, launched this week, shows how we can turn the shared vision of people around the world, championed today by the Pope, into reality. This scientific study demonstrates how to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by the middle of this century, providing a sustainable energy future for everyone. It can be done, it must be done, and it will be done.”

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The Caritas confederation will launch its first ever global campaign against hunger on 10th December with a recorded message

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 dicembre 2013


CARITAS (Photo credit: John Donaghy)

One Human Family, Food for All unites Caritas organisations to work for an end to hunger by 2025. In his message Pope Francis urges institutions and individuals to take action on this.Caritas secretary general, Michel Roy, said, “Hunger is a disaster of global proportions. Over 842 million people see their health, opportunities and lives slip away and their children suffer for something that shouldn’t even exist. There’s enough food in the world for everyone to live a dignified life and we must join together our efforts to ensure ‘food for all’. Together we can do this.”The wave of prayer will involve Caritas organisations and people of good will from all continents. Starting at midday on the Pacific island of Samoa, people will join in spiritual reflection about hunger. Click here for more information.In a letter from Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga to Caritas bishops, the Cardinal encourages people and nations to be more aware about hunger, cut waste, maximise land use for food production and support women farmers, among other things. Read more.Caritas Internationalis, along with Caritas Italiana and Roma, will hold a press conference for the launch of the campaign at 10.30 on 10th December at the Basilica of Santa Cecilia, piazza Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, Rome.This will be followed by participation in the wave of prayer at midday in the church of San Francesco a Ripa in piazza di Francesco d’Assisi at 12pm Rome time. All are welcome to participate in the wave of prayer or follow it on Facebook

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Europe’s children speak to Pope Francis

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 5 settembre 2013

English: Colombia: Humanitarian Assistance to ...

English: Colombia: Humanitarian Assistance to Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons Español: Asistencia humanitaria a desplazados en Colombia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the end of the General Audience, a delegation form the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) will present Pope Francis with a book of drawing and letters which children, representing the outskirts of the European nations, wanted to give to the Pope.
At the same time, a copy of the collection of drawings and letters will be signed by the Holy Father.The delegation which will present the collection of drawings and letters comprises:
– His Grace Mgr Đuro Hranić, Archbishop of Đakovo-Osijek (Croatia) and President of CCEE’s ‘Catechesis, School and Universities’ Commission;
– Don Michel Remery, CCEE Deputy General Secretary;
– Vasile S., a Moldovan child, who will be the ambassador of children on the outskirts of Europe, accompanied by his bishop, His Lordship Mgr Anton Cosa, Bishop of Chişinău (Moldovan Republic).
The war in Syria dramatically questions the international community. With more than 100,000 deaths, 4 million internally displaced persons and 2 million refugees, it represents a political and humanitarian crisis that threatens the stability of the whole Middle East and beyond.

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Peace talks only option to Syria crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 settembre 2013

Al-Fayhaa Stadium in Damascus, Syria as seen f...

Al-Fayhaa Stadium in Damascus, Syria as seen from Mount Qasioun. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Caritas Internationalis says that the ongoing civil war in Syria can only be resolved through inclusive peace talks. The alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus has highlighted how catastrophic the humanitarian situation has become for millions of people in Syria. The use of chemical weapons is an horrific crime.Caritas condemns all attacks against civilians. The combatants have a duty under international law to protect civilian lives. Caritas says the international community has an obligation to find an end to the suffering of the Syrian people, and that can only be achieve through broad dialogue.Caritas Internationalis Secretary general Michel Roy said, “The Syrian people don’t need more bloodshed, they need a quick end to it. They need an immediate truce. Scaling up military intervention by foreign powers will simply widen the war and increase the suffering.“The last decade bears witness to the tragic consequences of military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
“Caritas believes that the only humanitarian solution is a negotiated one. Dialogue can end the war in Syria, safeguard the lives of the people and build a viable future for everyone. The priority must be to reinvigorate talks in Geneva as the first step towards a ceasefire and a peace dealA Syrian peace conference is planned to take place in Geneva this year.Caritas Syria and other Church partners continue to provide humanitarian assistance to people, without regard to their religious or political beliefs. Caritas says all sides must ensure that humanitarian staff can reach those in need.Pope Francis met King Abdullah of Jordan on Thursday. The Vatican said in a statement dialogue was the “only option” to end the conflict in Syria. The Pope and the King “reaffirmed that the path of dialogue and negotiation between all components of Syrian society, with the support of the international community, is the only option to put an end to the conflict and to the violence that every day causes the loss of so many human lives, especially amongst the helpless civilian population.”Pope Francis called for peace during his Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square on 25 August. “It is not confrontation that offers hope to resolve problems, but rather the ability to meet and dialogue,” he said. “I launch an appeal to the international community to be more sensitive to this tragic situation and to commit itself to the maximum to help the dear Syrian nation find a solution to a war which spreads destruction and death”.
Bishop Antoine Audo, the President of Caritas Syria, said, ” We hope that the Pope’s call for real dialogue between the warring parties to find a solution can be a first step to stop the fighting.”

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Statement from Executive Director, Erin Saiz Hanna

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 31 luglio 2013

Washington, “The Women’s Ordination Conference is deeply discouraged to learn of Pope Francis’ remarks regarding women’s ordination.In an interview given to reporters on July 28 en route to Rome from Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis made it very clear that this papacy sees women as separate, but not equal to men, and will keep the door to women’s ordination closed, citing Pope John Paul II as his reasoning.Pope Francis’ cop-out rationale illustrates a very selective theology: to blame a previous pope for his stance on women priests, and then in the very same interview contradict his predecessors by acknowledging an open understanding for gay priests. Instead of looking to Pope John Paul II for the answer, Pope Francis could have looked to a variety of sources. He could have quoted the Vatican’s own the Pontifical Biblical Commission that concluded in 1976 that there is no valid scriptural or theological reason for denying ordination to women. Pope Francis could have cited history that documents women’s leadership in the early church, or acknowledge the great works Roman Catholic Womenpriests are doing today. He could have looked to Jesus who welcomed women as his equal.Pope Francis stated that the “church has spoken and said no.” The church was not Pope John II in 1994 when he forbade women’s ordination nor is it Pope Francis today. The church is made up of the people of God and Pope Francis could have looked to the majority of Catholics who support the ordination of women, recognize that women are created in God’s image, and strongly believe with God a door is always open.”

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Papa Francesco a Lampedusa

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2013

Un appello «per i numerosi profughi, che attendono aiuto e consolazione», papa Francesco lo aveva già lanciato nel Messaggio Urbi et Orbi, parlandoin particolare della Siria, ed ha poi a più riprese riportato l’attenzione sul dramma dei migranti e dei loro viaggi della speranza.
La decisione di recarsi a Lampedusa conferma dunque ancora una voltal’attenzione del Santo Padre al fenomeno immigratorio che – come ha sottolineato l’arcivescovo di Agrigento S.E. Mons. Francesco Montenegro – «nella sua complessità e con il carico di sofferenza che manifesta, è l’espressione di un bisogno di giustizia che riguarda milioni di figli di Dio che non può più essere taciuto». Un richiamo ai grandi temi della giustizia e della pace, che si impastano nel quotidiano con la responsabilità personale e l’impegno di ognuno. Il presidente e il direttore di Caritas Italiana, S.E. Mons. Giuseppe Merisi e don Francesco Soddu, accolgono con soddisfazione e riconoscenza l’annuncio della visita di papa Francesco a Lampedusa. Sin dall’avvio della cosiddetta emergenza Nord Africa, infatti Caritas Italiana si è mobilitata e le Caritas diocesane si sono fatte carico dell’accoglienza di circa 3000 persone. Un impegno certo non facile: dal lavoro in banchina a Lampedusa e sui binari
di Ventimiglia, per passare all’accoglienza diffusa su tutto il territorio nazionale, fino alla costante interlocuzione con le istituzioni locali e nazionali. L’emergenza è stata dichiarata formalmente conclusa, ma l’impegno delle Caritas sul territorio continua, mentre le ripetute crisi internazionali, dalla Siria all’Egitto,rischiano di richiedere nuovi sforzi sul fronte della tutela e dell’accoglienza.
«In questo quadro poco confortante e drammatico – sottolinea don Francesco Soddu – la visita di papa Francesco a Lampedusa è un segnale di forte speranza che incoraggia la Caritas e l’intera Chiesa nel costante impegno a favore degli ultimi e ci spinge ad andare verso le periferie dell’esistenza»

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The Pope plans to visit the United Kingdom

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 luglio 2010

On 16-19 September 2010. The world’s greatest religious skeptics now and frequently in the past have been British or worked in Britain. Geoffrey Berg, author of The Six Ways Of Atheism (published in 2009) which presents various logical arguments, some of them original, to disprove the existence of God (more details available on has challenged the Pope, Benedict XVI, to a public debate on the existence of God. He has sent an Invitation to the Pope with an open letter.  Whether or not the Pope accepts the invitation to debate publicly about the existence of God during his visit to Britain, historically and now the pace-setting country for worldwide atheism the media should surely use the spotlight the Papal visit will put on religion to draw attention to the globally leading role of British thinkers now and in the past in the critical examination of religious beliefs. and examine in detail and seriously discuss the question of whether God actually exists or whether the Pope is just in reality chief of the world’s biggest organisation of deluded simpletons preaching mistake doctrines to mankind.

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Pope to visit Caritas in Rome to highlight poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 febbraio 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Caritas shelter in Rome on Sunday, 14th February, to highlight poverty in Europe.  The Pope will visit the medical centre, the homeless hostel and the canteen. While there he will speak to people who use Caritas services at the hostel, doctors, nurses, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the mayor of Rome, as well as some of the 300 volunteers who help to run it.  Caritas in Italy says that between 2007 and 2008 the number of people coming to them for help saw a 20 percent increase.  Caritas Europa recently launched its “Zero Poverty” campaign which encourages governments to tackle the root causes of poverty as part of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.  Despite the wealth of many European countries, poverty is becoming an increasing problem. Seventy-nine million people in Europe currently live below the poverty line. Nineteen million of whom are children.  “Caritas in Europe wants to contribute to a new way of looking at poverty,” says Fr Erny Gillen, President of Caritas Europa. “Poverty is more than a lack of material well-being. It affects the person in his or her body, his or her soul and his or her life. As a human community, we cannot let even a single person slide into the poverty spiral.”  Caritas has four food canteens around Rome which feed 1300 people a day. It also has many other services including hostels for people with HIV, crèches for children of immigrants and the “Emporium”, a Caritas shop where people who don’t have much money can go with tokens to collect essential items. Caritas says that lack of job stability, weakened family and community ties and a lack of social safety nets all contribute to the increased number of poor and the current crisis.

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