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Appreciating the younger generations at Vesakh

 

VATICAN (SE): In its message this year to the Buddhist people of the world on their feast of Vesakh, or Hana Matsuri (Flower Festival) as it is called in Japan, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue speaks of the shared responsibility for the education of young people on the virtues of justice and peace, the importance of interreligious dialogue, and the great contribution that young people have to make to our world.

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Vatican faith and doctrine now online

 

MANILA (Agencies): The main documents of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith can now be accessed online at www.doctrinafidei.va.

The congregation, which has the task of safeguarding Catholic doctrine, hopes to facilitate consultation on its documents.

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The importance of volunteering

 

VATICAN CITY (SE): “Volunteer work is a great resource for Europe and part of the continent’s DNA,” Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, said at a conference held at the Vatican last year on the importance of volunteer work in society.

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German chaplain of death camps up for beatification

 

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS): A 1997 healing of a man in the Oakland area of California, the United States of America, from what was diagnosed as an incurable cancer, is being considered by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints for the beatification of a German military chaplain from World War II, Father Franz Stock.

Father Stock worked with prisoners of the Nazi regime in Paris, France, and is remembered as the last human face that hundreds, perhaps thousands saw before their execution.

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Yale promotes collection on Chinese Christianity

NEW HAVeN (SE): The Divinity Library at Yale University in the United States of America (US) has announced that it has formed an agreement with the Hong Kong Baptist University to increase its documentation of contemporary Asian Christianity.

An article published in the Yale Daily News on April 5 says, “The Hong Kong Baptist University is an excellent partner for us because of its library’s rich, special collections focussed on the history of Christianity in China.”

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China remains a concern United States report on religious freedom says

HONG KONG (SE): The Union of Myanmar, China, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Iran, Nigeria, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam remain at the top of the list of countries of greatest concern in the 2012 report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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Priest put on leave for denying communion

WASHINGTON DC (SE): Bishop Barry Knestout, the auxiliary in Washington DC in the United States of America, has suspended Father Marcel Guarnizo for denying communion to a same sex attracted woman, Barbara Johnson, at her mother’s funeral Mass.

The diocese announced that Father Guarnizo “has been placed on administrative leave with his priestly faculties removed.”

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Patriarch of Jerusalem reflects on Arab Spring

JERUSALEM (SE): “In the early days of the Arab Spring, a link can be seen between the requests of the youngsters with the petitions we presented during the Synod for the Middle East,” the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, told Andrea Torneilli, from Vatican Insider, in early April.

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World Youth Day to get a facelift in Rio de Janeiro

ROCCO DI PAPA (SE): Rio de Janeiro plans to give World Youth Day 2013 a facelift.

At a planning session held in Rocca di Papa, Italy, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko, said that gone will be the Days in the Diocese segment, as it will be replaced by a Mission Week, or a time of immersion in the varied life of different echelons of society the Brazilian city.

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Veneer of democracy not even skin deep in new style Myanmar

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the hype surrounding the April 1 elections in the Union of Myanmar, which saw democracy icon and long time political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi elected to parliament, the process has been mostly dogged by accusations of irregularities at polling booths and questions about monitoring procedures, military violence and dashed hopes.

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