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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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Priest blesses church hijack in Colombia

BOGATA (SE): Forty school teachers began a sit-in at the Church of San Francisco in Bogota, Colombia, at the end of Mass on June 6.
 
They have since been joined by dozens of others and taken control of one of the city’s oldest places of worship as part of a nationwide movement to improve the education system in the country.
 
Thousands of teachers had converged on the capital in a call to the government to provide better wages and increase its investment in public education.
 

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World Day of Prayer for China

HONG KONG (SE): In Hong Kong the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China was marked with a Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by the bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal John Tong Hon, and one at the Holy Spirit Study Centre in Aberdeen on May 24.

People gathered at the two Masses prayed for the leaders in Chinese society, asking that they may be inspired to respect religious belief, social freedom and personal liberty.

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Trump and Pope Francis face off

VATICAN (SE): As the long cavalcade of menacing-looking black vehicles snaked its way through the maze of alleyways in Vatican City, dark suited men loitered behind trees, lurked in corners, leaned on fences or scurried about like agitated teenagers waiting for a first date, and the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, arrived at the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican for his much talked about face to face meeting with Pope Francis on May 24.

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