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Sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals

Vatican City, 17 September 2014 (VIS) – This morning, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., provided an update on the sixth meeting of the Council of Cardinals, which began on Monday, 15 September and will conclude this afternoon. As usual, the Holy Father was present at all sessions apart from this morning's, due to the Wednesday general audience.

Bl. Joseph Vaz, first saint to Sri Lanka

Pope Francis’ approval of  the votes of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops in favor of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz  attains special significance in the wake of the forthcoming visit of the Holy Father to Sri. Lanka in January 2015.

Bl. Vaz was born in Goa, India, in 1651.  As a priest he volunteered to work in Sri Lanka amid persecution of Catholics by Dutch colonial rulers, who were Calvinists. Catholic priests were forbidden to preach; it would mean imprisonment  and even death if they were caught.

US Bishops on peace pilgrimage to Holy Land

(Vatican Radio) A delegation of 18 U.S. bishops have been in the Holy Land since September 10 to pray for peace.  The “Pilgrimage for Peace” has visited and prayed at the various holy sites in Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth, and Bethlehem.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services, the international relief and development agency of the U.S. bishops, sponsored the pilgrimage.

Pope asks for prayers ahead of Albania visit

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has asked people to accompany his visit to Albania this Sunday with prayer.  Speaking at the end of his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father said:

“Next Sunday, with God's help, I will go in Albania. I decided to visit this country because it has suffered so much because of a terrible atheist regime and is now realizing peaceful coexistence among its various religious components”.

Pope Francis is due to travel to Albania for a one day visit this Sunday.  It will be his first European trip outside Italy.

Pope tells Catholics to go forth with the Gospel message

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis encouraged Catholics go forth and bring the Gospel message to the world and to their communities.

Speaking on Wednesday during his General Audience the Pope spoke of the universal and apostolic nature of the Catholic Church.

Iraq’s Bishop Warduni: Our Christians preferred Christ to their homes

(Vatican Radio)  International help came too little, and “a bit late” for Iraq’s Christians and Yazidi minorities being targeted by Islamic State militants in their campaign to create an Islamic caliphate in the region.  That’s according to Bishop Shlemon Warduni, President of Caritas Iraq who says the plight of Iraq’s minorities was ignored by the U.N., Europe and America which “did not do a good job” at the beginning of the conflict this summer and “they came to aid us a little bit late.”

The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir to sing in Macao, Hong Kong and Taipei

Vatican City, 16 September 2014 (VIS) – The Pontifical Sistine Chapel Choir is to perform for the first time in Macao, Hong Kong and Taipei. The concerts will be made possible through the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, in collaboration with the Coro Perosi of the Diocese of Macao and the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation. By sharing the rich musical traditions of East and West, these concerts aim to promote cultural exchange through art and music, thereby creating new channels of communication and communion.

Appointments to the IOR Board of Superintendence finalised

Vatican City, 16 September 2014 (VIS) – The Commission of Cardinals for the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) has appointed Mauricio Larrain (Chile) and Carlo Salvatori (Italy) as members of the IOR Board of Superintendence, according to a press release published by the Institute today.

Presentation of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, 2015

Vatican City, 16 September 2014 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, Archbishops Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Charles Joseph Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., of Philadelphia, U.S.A., presented the World Meeting of Families on the theme “Love is our mission: the family fully alive”, which will take place in the North American city from 22 to 27 September 2015.

Pope Francis Praying for the Central African Republic's peace

Pope Francis at the Angelus on Sunday 14 September made yet another passionate plea for peace in Africa. This time, he focused his attention on the Central African Republic (CAR) expressing his desire for the violence to give way to dialogue. Pope Francis also spoke of his wish that CAR’s opposing factions put aside their vested interests and endeavour instead to ensure that every citizen, regardless of ethnicity or religion, contributes and collaborates towards the re-building of CAR.

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