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Angel becomes blessed

VATICAN (CWN): A German priest known as the Angel of Dachau was beatified as a martyr in Würzburg, Germany, on September 24.

Father Engelmar Unzeitig (1911 to 1945) was ordained in 1939. Assigned to Austria, he spoke out on behalf of the Jews.

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Praying with each other not against each other

ASSISI (SE): “We have not prayed against one another today, as has unfortunately occurred in history,” Pope Francis said on September 20 in addressing a gathering of world religious leaders at an interfaith prayer for peace in the world at Assisi in Italy.

Looking at the vast diversity of his audience he noted, “Our religious traditions are diverse. But our differences are not the cause of conflict and provocation, or a cold distance between us.”

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Something does not love a wall in Calais

LONDON (SE): When on 26 June 1963 the then-president of the United States of America, John Kennedy, quoted Robert Frost as saying, “Something there is that does not love a wall,” while standing before the concrete divide of East and West Berlin, he touched a deep chord in people’s hearts.

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Tightening canonisation

Vatican (SE): The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has announced there will be new rules governing the role of medical boards investigating miracle cures in the beatification and canonisation processes.

They strengthen requirements for acceptance of authenticity and set stricter standards for the documentation of payment to experts.

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Tell it to the Marines

HONG KONG (SE): The media service of the Islamic State, Al-’Amaq, reported that the United States of America (US) accidentally bombed an aid convoy at a barracks used by the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo on September 19 when it confused it with an Islamic State stronghold.

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Courtyard of the Gentiles looks at society and economy

ROME (SE): “The theme chosen for the conference is intended to stimulate reflection on a key question in current political and academic debate, and about which public opinion is increasingly sensitive: the relationship between economics and society, and the need to define new, more humane and inclusive economic models,” the organisers of the Courtyard of the Gentiles told the Holy See Press Office on September 12.

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Clash of anti-discrimination and religious liberty

WASHINGTON (SE): The United States of America Commission on Civil Rights released its long awaited report on Peaceful Coexistence on September 8, which examines various legal and constitutional issues that arise when there is conflict between anti-discrimination laws and religious liberty.

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From migrant shelter to the United Nations

HONG KONG (SE): Sixteen years ago, Eni Lestari was a lost and bewildered soul taking shelter in a migrant worker refuge in Hong Kong from an abusive employer.

But in those short 16 years, her life journey has taken her from the Bethune House Migrant Women’s Refuge to stand on the podium at the United Nations in New York and present a contract migrant worker’s perspective on life to representatives of 193 nations.

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A satanic death

VATICAN (SE): “This is the thread of a satanic persecution,” Pope Francis said at a Mass celebrated on September 14 in memory of Father Jacques Hamel, the French priest who died on the sanctuary while he himself was celebrating Mass on July 26.

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Praying with Assisi

HONG KONG (SE): On September 30, Pope Francis was to journey to Assisi in Italy to join with leaders of world religions to pray for world peace.

The question that participants were asked to address during the choral prayer at Assisi this year was, “What are the principles acknowledged by all religions for peaceful coexistence? What contribution to politics, science and culture in general can we propose to draft a Decalogue of Human Coexistence?”

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