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Pastoral Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Assisi

              Pastoral Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Assisi Friday 4 October 2013   PROGRAMME Live broadcasting from CTV (Vatican Television Centre)      Friday 4 October 2013  7:00 Departure by helicopter from the Vatican heliport     7:45 Arrival at the sports camp of the Serafico Institute of Assisi     8:00 Meeting with the sick and disabled children assisted at the Serafico Institute of Assisi Address of the Holy Father   9:00 Private visit to the Shrine of San Damian     9:30 Meeting with the poor assisted by Caritas in the “Sala della Spoliazione” of the Archbishop’s residence Address of the Holy Father   10:00 Private visit to the Church of Saint Mary Major     10:20 Private visit to the Upper Basilica of Saint Francis and...

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October 16, 2013 – World Food Day

Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition” will be the focus of World Food Day in 2013. The official World Food Day theme – announced at the start of every year by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – gives focus to World Food Day observances and helps increase understanding of problems and solutions in the drive to end hunger. Today almost 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. Unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity that will be needed for our future food supply.   A food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers. Every aspect of the food system has an effect on...

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THE POPE INSTITUTES A COUNCIL OF CARDINALS TO ASSIST IN THE GOVERNANCE OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH Vatican City, 30 September 2013 (VIS) – We publish below the full text of the Chirograph by which the Holy Father institutes a Council of Cardinals to assist His Holiness in the governance of the universal Church and to draw up a project for the revision of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus on the Roman Curia. “Among the suggestions that emerged from the General Congregations of Cardinals prior to the Conclave, mention was made of the expediency of instituting a limited group of Members of the Episcopate, from various parts of the world, with whom the Holy Father could consult, individually or collectively, on specific matters. Once elected to the See of Rome, I have had the opportunity to reflect on this issue...

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All-Night Vigil in St. Patrick’s, Anderston, Glasgow

POPE FRANCIS TO CONSECRATE WORLD TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA His Holiness Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on 13th October at the Vatican. The Pope has requested that the original statue of Our Lady of Fatima be brought to the Vatican for the celebration. Pope Francis will welcome the statue to St Peter’s Square during an evening prayer service in an all-night vigil concluding with the Rosary and Mass. Pope Francis will consecrate the world to Mary during the event.   Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three shepherd children in the village of Fatima in Portugal in 1917. She warned of violent trials in the twentieth century if the world did not make reparation for sins. She urged prayer and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.        ...

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Benedict XVI Commemorative Plaque at Westminster Cathedral

Blessing the Benedict XVI Commemorative Plaque   The Benedict XVI Commemorative Plaque On Friday 27 September, His Grace, Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westmister, solemnly blessed the new stone at the West Door which commemorates the visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Westminster Cathedral during His Holiness’ 2010 State Visit. Here is the official translation of the Latin text:   On 18 September 2010 Benedict XVI came to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth. He celebrated the Mass of the Most Precious Blood here showing what advantage faith may be to society through the example of Blessed J H Newman.  ...

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Pope Francis’ white rose

Bergoglio, who has always considered the flower a “sign” of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux and of her intercession, received one out of the blue, the day after the peace vigil for Syria Andrea Tornielli vatican city On Sunday 8 September, the day after the long prayer vigil for peace in Syria – when some passages from texts written by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux were read out – Pope Francis received a white rose as a surprise. Francis considers the flower to be a “sign” linked to the devotion of the saint. The Archbishop of Ancona and Osimo, Edoardo Menichelli broke the news, with Francis authorisation.   Bergoglio told him about the rose a day before the prelate was due to present a book in Pedaso, in the Italian region of Marche. The prelate recounted the story during the presentation....

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Baroness Warsi chairs meeting on combating religious intolerance

Combating religious intolerance and supporting freedom of religion and belief Baroness Warsi today, 27 September, 2013,  convened a meeting of Foreign Ministers and officials from International Organisations in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting, which was attended by, amongst others, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu and the Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, discussed international efforts to fight against violence in the name of religion and to promote Freedom of Religion and Belief for all. Speaking shortly after the meeting Baroness Warsi said: “The freedom to practice, change or share your faith or belief without discrimination or violent opposition is a fundamental human right that all people should enjoy. Sadly too often around the world that right is denied to people of different religions or beliefs. I believe...

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Being Connected: The Holy See and Communications

Being Connected: The Holy See and Communications His Holiness Pope Francis, General Audience 4 September 2013 I suspect that until quite recently, not many people would have mentioned the Vatican in the same breath as the giants of global communications. Innovators like the BBC, global news operations like CNN, or social media like Facebook or Twitter. The Holy See speaks to us about tradition, the faith, the power of the pulpit. Yet when it comes to modern communications, it is somewhere in the slow lane: opaque, secretive, old fashioned. Right? Well, I wonder. At the heart of its mission is the propagation of the Gospel – literally, the “Good News”. If it can’t do that in our global village, it can’t do it at all. So it needs the tools of the trade: ability to communicate in multiple languages,...

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A Quiet Day for Clergy from all Christian Churches‏

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