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Friday, May 30, 2014

‘Prayer summit’ for Israel-Palestinian peace to take place June 8 : News Headlines - Catholic Culture


The following excerpts are from Catholic World News:

  • The Holy See Press Office has announced that Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will join Pope Francis at the Vatican on June 8 to pray for peace.

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‘Prayer summit’ for Israel-Palestinian peace to take place June 8 : News Headlines - Catholic Culture



Pope, Orthodox Patriarch look to new meeting at Nicea : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic World News:

  • Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople have agreed to plan for an ecumenical meeting to be held in Nicea in 2025, the AsiaNews service reports.
  • Patriarch Bartholomew revealed that he and the Roman Pontiff had “agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated.” The Council of Nicea, held in 325, brought together over 300 bishops and approved the formula of faith now known as the Nicene Creed.

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Pope, Orthodox Patriarch look to new meeting at Nicea : News Headlines - Catholic Culture



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Saeed Abedini, American pastor imprisoned in Iran, beaten in hospital, family charges | Fox News


The following excerpts are from FoxNews.com:
  • The American citizen being held in Iran for alleged crimes related to his faith and work as a Christian pastor was yanked from a hospital bed, beaten and taken back to one of the Islamic Republic's infamous prisons, his family charges.
  • Pastor Saeed Abedini had spent the past two months in a hospital for injuries allegedly suffered at the hands of guards and inmates in Iran’s Evin and Rajai Shahr prisons when he was once again beaten and hauled back to prison, according to family members who say they witnessed the beating.
  • "This news is devastating to our family,” his wife, Naghmeh Abedini, told FoxNews.com. “This development also came as a complete shock to all of us. Saeed's family, who was present at the hospital when this occurred, witnessed the severe beatings that Saeed received - at one point seeing him collapse before being taken away. "We're very concerned about his health."
  • In March, when Abedini was transferred to a private hospital in Iran, where he was told he would receive further tests for his worsening medical condition as well as surgery for the chronic stomach pain suffered as a result of repeated beatings. But soon after being admitted, he was shackled and beaten by guards, according to family members. He was also denied medical treatment and was not allowed to see family members initially, they said.
  • It was not immediately clear why Abedini was suddenly transferred back to Rajai Shahr.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Knesset honors St. John XXIII for saving Jews during World War II : News Headlines - Catholic Culture


The following excerpts are from CWN:

  • Israel’s parliament held a special session on May 13 to pay tribute to Pope St. John XXIII.
  • “There has not been an event like today’s in the history of the Knesset, an event which is so important to our relations with the Christian and Catholic world,” said Yair Tzeven, a former government minister, according to The Jerusalem Post.
  • During World War II, “he did everything to save Jews,” added Isaac Herzog, a cabinet minister from 2005-11 and current opposition leader.

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Knesset honors St. John XXIII for saving Jews during World War II : News Headlines - Catholic Culture



Cardinal Collins urges Canadian Liberal Party leader to reconsider ban on pro-lifers : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from CWN:

  • Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has asked Canada’s Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau to reconsider his decision to bar pro-lifer candidates from the party.
  • In a May 7 statement, Trudeau said that Liberal candidates must be “resolutely pro-choice,”...

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Cardinal Collins urges Canadian Liberal Party leader to reconsider ban on pro-lifers : News Headlines - Catholic Culture



Monday, May 5, 2014

Prayer Reaffirmed at the Supreme Court | Public Prayer, American Center for Law and Justice ACLJ


The following excerpts are from ACLJ:

  • In a landmark decision today, the Supreme Court reaffirmed that prayer before legislative meetings is constitutional.
  • In debunking one of the greatest myths in Establishment Clause jurisprudence, the Court held that not only is opening such meetings in prayer constitutional, it is not limited to nonsectarian (i.e. generic) prayer.  In other words, a prayer “in Jesus name” does not violate the Constitution.

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Prayer Reaffirmed at the Supreme Court | Public Prayer, American Center for Law and Justice ACLJ



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