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South Africa: Bishops call for calm ahead of city  'march against foreigners'
South Africa: Bishops call for calm ahead of city 'march against foreigners'

Bishop Abel Gabuza, chair person of the South African Bishops' Justice and Peace Commission, has called for calm and restraint amid fears that the planned march against foreign presence in Pretoria on Friday could spark xenophobic attacks. "The planned march against the foreigners in Pretoria is cause for serious concern. We call for calm and restraint." Mamelodi Concerned Residents spokesperson Makgoka Lekganyane said they organised the march because they were tired of being slaves in their own country.

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Zambia: Restoring integrity of creation in Kasamba
Zambia: Restoring integrity of creation in Kasamba

Like elsewhere the phenomenon of deforestation raises a lot of concerns in Zambia, Fr Benjamin Itungabose, M.Afr writes. People cut down trees for various reasons. Due to the current electricity problems in cities people use charcoal as their source of energy more than ever before. Hence burning charcoal has become the main source of income for people in rural areas. Thousands of bags of charcoal are taken to Lusaka and Copperbelt day and night. Luapula province which used to be a land of vegetation is gradually losing its identity.

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CAFOD and Trocaire on frontline as famine is declared in South Sudan
CAFOD and Trocaire on frontline as famine is declared in South Sudan

On Monday, UN agencies officially declared famine in parts of South Sudan. War and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation now. A further one million people have been classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Commenting on the news, CAFOD's Country Representative, Francis Flood, based in the capital Juba said: "The people of South Sudan are dealing with hunger and starvation and what is now a protracted conflict. Vulnerable families are struggling to take care of themselves, and many

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Philippines: Help for families affected by drugs-related killings
Philippines: Help for families affected by drugs-related killings

A faith-based group in Manila is conducting trauma and stress-debriefing sessions for families of victims of drug-drug related killings in an attempt to "broaden the circle of those who will speak the truth." Carmelite priest Gilbert Billena of the group Rise Up said the family meetings aim to create a support group that will help them overcome trauma. The priest said his group condemns the proliferation of illegal drugs but is against the methods used by the government to go after suspected drug users and peddlers. "The very people who should be witnesses in cases against the suppliers are

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Lebanon: Marine Le Pen schedules visit with Maronite Patriarch
Lebanon: Marine Le Pen schedules visit with Maronite Patriarch

Marine Le Pen, France's far-right National Front leader and presidential candidate is currently on a 48-hour visit to the Lebanon. She has already been received by President Michel Aoun in the Presidential Palace in Babda. The agenda for her short trip includes meetings with Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bechara Rai, Lebanese Premier Saad Hariri and politician Samir Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces. In her talk with President Aoun, Lebanese media report that Marine Le Pen said she saw the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism as a context for collaboration between Lebanon and France.

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Pope to visit Anglican church in Rome
Pope to visit Anglican church in Rome

Pope Francis will make a historic visit to the Church of England chaplaincy of All Saints, Rome on Sunday February 26th, the first pontiff to set foot inside an Anglican church in his own diocese as the Bishop of Rome. During the afternoon encounter, the Holy Father will join the congregation for a short Choral Evensong service which includes the blessing of a specially commissioned icon and the twinning of All Saints with the Catholic parish of Ognissanti, a Rome church with strong ecumenical ties.

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US Bishops urge Trump administration to care for creation
US Bishops urge Trump administration to care for creation

In a letter to the United States Secretary of State on Friday, chairmen of the US Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Committee on International Justice and Peace, along with Sean Callahan, President of Catholic Relief Services, urged the Administration to do everything they can to care for creation both domestically and globally. Building upon Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si'. . . the letter emphasizes the importance of adaptation policies and specifically calls for continued US support of the Paris climate agreement as well as the Green Climate Fund,

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Holy Land: Israeli forces destroy water pipeline, arrest dozens, attack fishing boats
Holy Land: Israeli forces destroy water pipeline, arrest dozens, attack fishing boats

Israeli military bulldozers destroyed a drinking water pipeline funded by the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the occupied West Bank on Monday. The drinking water pipeline was 8.5 kilometres long, and provided drinking water to 47 families. This was the second pipeline destroyed by the Israeli army this month. On the same day Israeli soldiers abducted at least 22 Palestinians In the West Bank in dawn raids and violently searched dozens of homes,

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Viewpoint: Africa - where are western Christians when we need them?
Viewpoint: Africa - where are western Christians when we need them?

The spread of violent jihadist fundamentalism is exposing a chasm between Christians in Africa and the West. Christians under attack in Nigeria, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and elsewhere are bewildered that their co-religionists in the relatively prosperous and safe world are not more engaged on their behalf. They also point to deeper doctrinal divisions making them feel isolated, despite the financial generosity of many congregations in Europe and North America. The Reverend Canon Hassan John, director of media of the Anglican Diocese of Jos, Nigeria, and Vicar of St Christopher's Anglican Church,

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USA: 15 Christian organisations call for peace, justice in Israel/Palestine
USA: 15 Christian organisations call for peace, justice in Israel/Palestine

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Pax Christi International are among 15 major Christian organisations of different denominations that sent a briefing paper to all members of Congress and to the Trump Administration this morning, calling for US policies that promote peace, justice, and equality between Israelis and Palestinians. The paper states: "2017 marks 50 years since Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza and 24 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords. Over the last 50 years, but particularly since the signing of the Oslo accords in 1993, there have been

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USA: Children suffer under Trump clampdown on migrant workers
USA: Children suffer under Trump clampdown on migrant workers

...Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who is vice president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops told the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements at the Central Catholic High School in Modesto Northern California: "If one wants to understand the impact of the raids that US border guards have carried out in more than 60 communities across the country since the beginning of February alone, let us listen to the children: They do not want to go school, because they think that their parents are going to be taken away, while they are not there."

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Yemen conflict sees world's worst food crisis amid widespread indifference
Yemen conflict sees world's worst food crisis amid widespread indifference

The ongoing conflict in Yemen was singled out by Pope Francis during his speech to Vatican diplomats at the beginning of the year. Speaking of the need for dialogue and calling for courageous gestures, he urged international leaders to foster reconciliation in Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries which continues to be devastated by a war between forces loyal to the internationally-recognized government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and those allied to the Houthi rebel movement.

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Mozambique: Silver Jubilee of Chimoio Diocese, blessing of new cathedral
Mozambique: Silver Jubilee of Chimoio Diocese, blessing of new cathedral

The Diocese of Chimoio in Mozambique celebrated its 25th anniversary last Sunday with a special Mass and blessing of the newly built cathedral. The Bishops of Beira, Maputo and Quelimane together with thousands of Christians who came to give thanks to God and express their gratitude to Bishop João Francisco Silota, the first Bishop of Chimoio Diocese who is retiring soon. In his homily, Bishop Silota presented a financial report of local and foreign contributions for the construction of the cathedral.

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Thailand:  Catholics offer to work with Buddhists to build peace
Thailand: Catholics offer to work with Buddhists to build peace

The Catholic Church of Thailand has offered to cooperate with Buddhists and believers of other religions to "build peace and stability in the nation" through "dialogue, as brothers and sisters". In a message to the new Supreme Patriarch of Theravada Buddhism on the occasion of his investiture on 12 February, Cardinal Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovidhavanij, Archbishop of Bangkok and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Thailand (CBCT) noted that the ultimate goal is "peaceful coexistence" so that Thailand can be "a model for other nations."

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Iraq: Chaldean Patriarchate disowns Christian paramilitary threatening revenge against Sunnis
Iraq: Chaldean Patriarchate disowns Christian paramilitary threatening revenge against Sunnis

The Chaldean Patriarchate issued a statement yesterday after a Christian member of a paramilitary group, Ryan Salem, threatened revenge against Sunni Muslems, on a national television programme. Such comments have "nothing to do with the Christ's moral teachings, messenger of peace, love and forgiveness", and do not represent Christians in any way, the Patriarchate said. The patriarchal statement complained that such statements have the effect of exacerbating sectarian conflict and expressed the wish that all the basic principles of military ethics in the operations of recapture

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Bishops along Mexico/Texas border issue statement on immigration
Bishops along Mexico/Texas border issue statement on immigration

More than 20 Bishops along the border of Texas and Northern Mexico have issued a joint statement emphasizing the need for us to listen to the cry of our migrant brothers and sisters. The bishops issued the statement while participating in the biannual Tex-Mex Border Bishops meeting this week. The meetings included priests, religious and layperson as well as invited representatives from other border dioceses in the United States and Mexico. The bi-annual meetings have taken place for more than 30 years.

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USA: Pope sends message to meeting of popular movements in California
USA: Pope sends message to meeting of popular movements in California

Last night, Cardinal Peter Turkson delivered a stirring address to nearly 700 faith and community leaders from 12 countries, urging them to stand together to end the global economy of exclusion. The cardinal's remarks come as part of the first US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements, which runs February 16-19. Cardinal Turkson surprised the crowd by first reading a poignant letter from Pope Francis in both English and Spanish. Pope Francis, who has been vocal about on immigration in recent weeks has urged communities around the world to welcome people fleeing their

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Mexican border town erects statue of Pope Francis
Mexican border town erects statue of Pope Francis

Today is the first anniversary of Pope Francis' historic visit to the US-Mexico border. In recognition of the day, a 20-foot bronze statue of the Pope will be unveiled by Bishop Jose Torres Campos during a special Mass. The Mass is being celebrated at El Punto where Pope Francis delivered his message to hundreds of thousands of people on 17 February, 2016. The statue, depicting Pope Francis in his traditional attire, holding a peace dove, was created by sculptor Pedro Francisco Rodriguez. It was made from scrap metal donated by citizens and built by artisans who volunteered their time.

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USA: Immigration raid targets church homeless shelter
USA: Immigration raid targets church homeless shelter

Several Latino men had just left the hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Mission Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday, when a dozen federal agents suddenly surrounded them, pushed them up against a wall, and began checking their immigration status. Under a policy set by the Obama administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are supposed to avoid churches and other "sensitive locations." But now that Donald Trump is president, ICE has apparently decided that it's okay to lie in wait outside a church and indiscriminately detain those leaving it.

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Jordan: Meeting of Latin Bishops of Arab Regions
Jordan: Meeting of Latin Bishops of Arab Regions

The Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions (CELRA) met in Jordan on February 13 to 15, 2017. It was an opportunity for the Bishops and Vicars to share the specific challenges in their respective countries and to unify their work. Present during the annual meeting were the Latin Bishops of Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, Egypt, Djibouti, Somalia, Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula, which was held at the Visitation House of the Rosary Sisters in Husen, Jordan.

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DR Congo: A spring of water welling up in glorious Kinshasa
DR Congo: A spring of water welling up in glorious Kinshasa

A contemplative community of religious Sisters in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) who pray for persecuted Christians will have their future ensured by a new well - after a chronic shortage of water threatened their survival. "We didn't know how we were going to survive after the collapse of our old well a year ago," Sr Mahele Mwamini, the Prioress of the Discalced Carmelites at the Glorious Saint Joseph Convent, Kinshasa, told Aid to the Church in Need.

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Pope meets representatives of indigenous peoples
Pope meets representatives of indigenous peoples

Pope Francis met with a group representing indigenous peoples today (Wednesday) ahead of his General Audience, speaking to them about the need to "reconcile the right to development, both social and cultural, with the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples and their territories." The group are participating in the Indigenous Peoples' Forum hosted in Rome by the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The biennial meeting aims to promote greater economic empowerment of indigenous peoples.

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Call for US to take 'fair share' of refugees of all faiths and ethnicities
Call for US to take 'fair share' of refugees of all faiths and ethnicities

The chairmen of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees on Migration, Religious Liberty and International Justice and Peace, along with the board of Catholic Relief Services issued a joint statement expressing solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the Middle East. Our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East need our solidarity, and the Middle East needs our Christian brothers and sisters. A concern for our Christian brethren is inclusive and does not exclude. A concern for all the peoples of the region who suffer violence and persecution, both minorities and

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Viewpoint: Flashpoint of Jerusalem hangs over Trump - Netanyahu meeting
Viewpoint: Flashpoint of Jerusalem hangs over Trump - Netanyahu meeting

Sensitivities over Jerusalem and its holy places loom large as the US president and Netanyahu are due to meet tomorrow - Jonathan Cook, writes in his blog The View from Nazareth. Often described as the powder-keg issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Jerusalem was expected to loom large in Wednesday's meeting in Washington between Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The two have major issues to address, including Israeli settlement expansion and the nuclear deal with Iran. But even these matters are likely to be overshadowed by their discussion of

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Israel: Priest appeals against deportation of 14 Filipino children
Israel: Priest appeals against deportation of 14 Filipino children

A group of eleven year-old boys, born in Israel to Filipino migrant worker parents, are in danger of being deported, because they don't have residence documents. Fr David Neuhaus SJ, Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and coordinator of the Pastoral Care of Migrants, has sent an open letter to Aryeh Deri, Minister of the Interior of the State of Israel, about the case of the 14 boys. In the letter, Fr David, who is of Jewish origin, mentions that in 1930, Philippine President Manuel Quezon, took in more than 1,300 Jews fleeing from Europe,

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