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Hiroshima with a difference

HIROSHIMA (SE): As the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, and his countepart from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un, talked big bang theories, the sombre tone of the Peace Bell and the hush of the minute’s silence at the epicentre in the Peace Park in Hiroshima at 8.15am on August 6, exactly 72 years after the first atomic bomb exploded over the city, took on a greater significance.
 

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Why is world silent on Ukraine?

VATICAN (SE): “On both human and Christian levels, love for truth with which the apostles entrusted us prohibits us from accepting the silence which has fallen on the conflict in Ukraine and on the suffering which has befallen tens of thousands of people,” Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, from the Vatican Congregation of Eastern Churches, said during a visit to Kiev on July 7.
 

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Christians and Muslims remember Father Hamel

PARIS (AsiaNews): Thousands Christians were joined by their Muslim brothers and sisters at a gathering held at Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray on July 26 in memory of Father Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass by two men who proclaimed their act as a victory for the Islamic State.
 
The tribute to the 85-year-old priest on the first anniversary of his death began at 9.00am with a Mass broadcast on national television celebrated by Archbishop Dominique Lebrun, from Rouen, in the very church where Father Hamel had spilled his blood.

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Maronite World Youth Day

BEIRUT (AsiaNews): The World Maronite Youth Day kicked off in Lebanon on July 13 to offer young Maronites born outside the country an immersion experience in an Antiochian-Syriac cultural and human environment out of which the culture of their rite grew.
 
Organised by the Patriarchate Youth Pastoral Office along the model of World Youth Day, the 10-day international gathering of young Maronite Catholics has attracted some 450 overseas enrollments from across the five continents.
 

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Missionary life on the move comes to an end

Sister Kay Byrne died quietly on the evening of June 28 at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre in the United States of America. She was 88-years-old and had spent 64 years of her life with Maryknoll.
 
Born Katherine Theresa Byrne in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on 12 March 1929 to Marie Fitzgerald and Philip J. Byrne Jr, she had one brother, Philip J. and one sister, Maryellen. Both her parents and brother predeceased her.
 

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Not in our name

PARIS (AsiaNews): A group of around 60 Muslim imams came together in Paris on July 10 at the Champs-Elysées where a policeman, Xavier Jugelé, was killed in April this year, before setting out on a Muslim March Against Terror which included stops in European cities that have been the victims of terrorism.
 
They boarded a bus bound for Berlin and then moved onto Brussels, where they were welcomed by representatives of the Belgium government.
 

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Share wealth or fail in your charter pope tells G20

HAMBURG (SE): In a message sent to the heads of state gathering in Hamburg for the G20 meeting on July 7, Pope Francis appealed for an absolute priority to be given to the poorest people in the worldwide community.
 

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Pax Christi charged with anti-Semitism in Europe

JERUSALEM (SE): The president of the Austrian branch of the worldwide Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, Bishop Manfred Scheuer, has resigned from his position in protest against what he described as anti-Semitic leanings in the movement.
 
The Jerusalem Post reported on July 5 that the bishop of Linz parted ways with Pax Christi because of its criticism of policies coming out of Jerusalem, which he believes are tinged with an anti-Semitic attitude.
 

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Same-sex marriage for Germany

OXFORD (CNS): The German Bishops’ Conference expressed regret over a June 30 vote by the Bundestag (parlialment) to allow same-sex marriage while Archbishop Heiner Koch, from Berlin, described the vote as abandoning “the differentiated perception of various forms of partnership in order to stress the value of same-sex partnerships.”
 

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