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Bolivian Church finds unexpected ally
The Bolivian bishops say that the legislation shows the influence of “a foreign ideological colonisation that discards boys and girls born in fragile situations and accepts the sad violence of abortion as a way of providing solutions to social and economic problems.”
Mexican bishop meets with gang leaders
Bishop Salvador Rangel Mendoza, from the troubled Guerrero state, arranged the meeting through intermediates after he heard that some of his priests had been subject to death threats. He said he told them that if there is a death nothing could be settled.
Bishop Rangel said that almost all of Guerrero is in the hands of drug traffickers.
Royal visit to the pope
The pope presented the royal couple with a bronze representation of an olive branch and in return, they presented a hamper of food produced on their own lands to be distributed among the poor and homeless in Rome.
During their 30-minute conversation conducted in Spanish they discussed a number of topics connected with the environment, which was the central theme of the meeting.
Together with the British foreign minister, Alan Duncan, the royal couple continued the discussion with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, before visiting the Vatican Library and looking at some historical documents.
Plot to shoot the pope
The teenager confessed that he made a plan to hire a sniper to shoot the pope, but he turned out to be an undercover agent and arrested Colon instead. He could get 15 years in prison.
No motive for the assassination plan was given.
Twelve years since Pope John Paul II died
Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, who was once master of ceremonies for Pope John Paul and later papal almoner—a post he still holds—concelebrated at the Mass.
In Poland, the anniversary was recognised with a variety of events and concerts across the country.
Juncker accused of being drunk meeting pope
She wrote to Juncker telling him that his alcohol dependency poses a danger to the European Union. She said he looked drunk when the pope greeted European leaders.
“Your demeanour was offensive not only to Pope Francis, but also the present chiefs of states and heads of governments, including women, who were certainly too polite to ask you to take a rest,” she said.
Mass for recovery of bodies from the Sewol
Father Simon Min Se-young said, “The ship was heavily damaged and it does not seem to be easy to recover the bodies of missing victims.”
A series of ceremonies was organised by Buddhists, Won Buddhists and Protestants.
Suwon Diocese will hold a commemoration Mass on April 7 at Ansan’s Hwarang Resort.
Vatican welcomes three refugee families
The three families will live temporarily in Vatican-owned apartments in Rome, which have previously been occupied by other refugees that have now found more permanent homes. Two of the families are Christian, who fled the prospect of religious persecution in their homeland; the third family is Muslim.
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