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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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US Bishops welcome Appeal Courts decision on Muslim travel ban
US Bishops welcome Appeal Courts decision on Muslim travel ban

US bishops have welcomed an appeal court's decision to overturn President Trump's Muslim travel ban. On February 9, 2017, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous decision upholding a lower court's temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking the implementation of several key provisions of Executive Order 13769. The TRO was put in place by the US District Court for the Western District of Washington on 3 February. The provisions that that have temporarily been blocked by the TRO include: a 120 day halt of the US refugee resettlement

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Pope appoints Special Envoy to Medjugorje
Pope appoints Special Envoy to Medjugorje
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Pope offers advice to Catholic writers
Pope offers advice to Catholic writers

Pope Francis met yesterday with Jesuits who write for the 'Civiltà Cattolicà' magazine, currently celebrating its 4000th edition. Founded in 1850 and originally available only in Italian, the publication is now available in English, French, Spanish and Korean. After giving the writers a hand-signed note, the Pope reflected at length on the importance of poetry, art and pioneering intellectual research, as the magazine seeks to build bridges with many peoples and cultures. "Your writing must not just defend Catholic ideas, but must witness to Christ in the world with a restless, open-ended

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Viewpoint: Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge
Viewpoint: Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge

"Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge." Simon Sinek. These words resonate deeply for me in the light of what we have seen in recent days. Ninety four mentally ill patients died in Gauteng between the 23rd of March and the 19th of December 2016. This was the result of decisions made to reduce costs without any recognition of what this would mean for those individuals and their families. A government contract with Life Esidimeni was cancelled without appropriate arrangements being in place for the patients who would

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Pope Francis: Fight anti-Semitism with education and respect for all
Pope Francis: Fight anti-Semitism with education and respect for all

Pope Francis met a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League yesterday, and encouraged them to cultivate justice and foster accord and telling them "the fight against anti-Semitism can benefit from effective instruments, such as information and formation." The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 "to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all," and on Thursday just like his predecessors, Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Pope Francis received a delegation from the organization, which has maintained relations with

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Bishop: 'Legalising'  illegal Israeli settlements is against God-given justice
Bishop: 'Legalising' illegal Israeli settlements is against God-given justice

Bishop William Shomali, Patriachal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for the Holy City and Palestine has strongly condemned the law passed yesterday in the Israeli parliament, which 'legalised' houses and Israeli settlements built illegally on Palestinian territory illegally occupied by the army of Israel. This law "makes the solution two peoples-two states almost impossible, and "it offends justice, the virtue which comes from God and consists in giving God and neighbour what they are due," the Bishop said.

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Japan: 'Samurai of Christ' beatified
Japan: 'Samurai of Christ' beatified

Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, celebrated Mass for the beatification of Justo Takayama Ukon at the hall of Osaka Castle on Tuesday, 7 February. The castle was once the headquarters of Ukon's persecutors. At the beginning of the Mass, Archbishop Takeo Okada of Tokyo petitioned that the Venerable Servant of God Justo Takayama Ukon be inscribed among the blessed. Cardinal Amato read an apostolic letter from Pope Francis during the ceremony.

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Mexico City - a place of pilgrimage
Mexico City - a place of pilgrimage

Forget a certain politician's plans to build a wall along the Mexican border, the capital Mexico City is a place of pilgrimage and vibrant culture. It's just been listed as one of this year's travel hot spots, to boot, as Julia Gregory discovers. You hear the singing first. It draws you towards the place of pilgrimage. Then you round the corner and spot a copy of the image of the Virgin Mary which attracts millions of pilgrims to a church on the outskirts of Mexico City. Choirs gather to sing to pilgrims from all the country Mexico who visit a very special place dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Tel Aviv: Palestinian and Jewish Israelis protest and pray together over  home demolitions
Tel Aviv: Palestinian and Jewish Israelis protest and pray together over home demolitions

Thousands of Palestinian and Jewish Israelis rallied in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest against home demolitions targeting the Palestinian citizens of Israel. Demonstrators called the Israeli state's demolition campaigns against its Palestinian citizens "racist" and an act of "incitement". Preparations continue for the Sabeel 10th International Conference to be held in March 2017. Participants continue to register for this important conference from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, USA,

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Christian Aid welcomes PM May's stance against Israel's illegal  settlements
Christian Aid welcomes PM May's stance against Israel's illegal settlements

Christian Aid has welcomed Theresa May's willingness to discuss spiraling settlement activity with Benjamin Netanyahu, and highlight its role in undermining the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Mr Netanyahu is meeting the Prime Minister in Downing Street today (Monday) for talks that will include trade and the peace process. The UK government has condemned the "growing trend" for further settlement units in the West Bank and supports UN resolutions declaring Israeli settlements "illegal".

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 New Head of Church in Sudan and South Sudan prioritises return to peace
New Head of Church in Sudan and South Sudan prioritises return to peace

CAFOD today welcomes the news that one of its long-term partners in South Sudan, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, has been named as the new President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference (SCBC). Bishop Hiiboro took over from HE Gabriel Cardinal Zubeir Wako Archbishop Emeritus of Khartoum who has retired. Bishop Eduardo has been a vocal proponent of peace and reconciliation, against a back drop of continuing violence, as the country enters its fourth year of conflict.

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Seeking Sanctuary - update on Calais refugees
Seeking Sanctuary - update on Calais refugees

All the reports we heard point to the fact that the crisis in Calais has not gone away - it has merely gone underground. Estimates vary but it is thought that between 200 and 800 people have newly arrived or have left the CAO centres to which they were transported in various locations across France, and have returned to Calais. Here, they are eking out a fragile existence in disused warehouses, in fields and ditches and in other spots where they cannot be seen since otherwise they risk arrest by the Police who are still very active.

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 Pope Francis: Try to change the rules of the socio-economic system
Pope Francis: Try to change the rules of the socio-economic system

Pope Francis on Saturday called for a change of "the rules of the game of the socio-economic system," adding "imitating the Good Samaritan of the Gospel is not enough." The Holy Father was speaking to participants of a meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of Economy of Communion. Associated with the Focolare Movement, the project sets up businesses that follow market laws, but pool the profits in communion. "Economy and Communion. These are two words that contemporary culture keeps separate and often considers opposite,"

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 Religious Sisters supporting young women in need worldwide
Religious Sisters supporting young women in need worldwide

Vital help for Syrian mothers and children forced to flee violent extremism is one of nearly 100 new projects announced this month by the UK office of Aid to the Church in Need. The ACN projects include help for vulnerable refugee women being looked after by the Good Shepherd Sisters in Lebanon at their residential centre in Sehaile, Keserwan. The Sisters provide education and training classes as well as counselling to traumatised women who have experienced the violence of war and loss of family members.

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Lutheran Bishop sends Open Letter to President Donald Trump
Lutheran Bishop sends Open Letter to President Donald Trump

Bishop Dr Munib A Younan, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land has written an Open Letter to President Donald Trump expressing his concern over the President's recent executive decisions regarding immigrants and refugees. Bishop Younan writes: "I am worried, because for nearly 250 years, the world has looked to your country as an example of how diverse races and nationalities can possess one American identity. Your country has led the way in promoting civil rights, always hearkening back to the principle of equal citizenship, with liberty and justice for all..."

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Viewpoint: South Africa's mental health scandal
Viewpoint: South Africa's mental health scandal

The Jesuit Institute South Africa is appalled by the revelations contained in the Health Ombud's Life Esidimeni Report (which reveals that at least 94 people died in psychiatric hospitals in South Africa) . We want to express our deepest sympathy to those who lost their loved ones in this scandalous situation. They were our brothers and sisters too. The revelations, in the report, amount to a shocking failure to provide fundamental psychiatric health care as laid down in the National Health Act, based upon the Constitution and Bill of Rights of the Republic of South Africa.

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CSAN welcomes launch of Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness
CSAN welcomes launch of Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness

Yesterday saw the launch of the cross-party Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which will look for practical solutions to reduce the effects of loneliness on families and individuals. The Labour MP for Batley and Spen had taken the first steps towards setting up a Loneliness Commission before her death last June. Phil McCarthy, CEO of Caritas Social Action network (CSAN) said: "This is a positive step towards reaching out to those who put themselves in the fifth of the British population who are 'always or often lonely.' "We welcome the Commission's aim to promote community cohesion and raise

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 Church announces survival plan for Iraq's suffering Christians
Church announces survival plan for Iraq's suffering Christians

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil has unveiled plans to provide a future for Iraq's displaced Christians - despite fresh reports showing the extent of the destruction of their homes in the Nineveh Plains. Archbishop Warda said the Churches aim to rebuild "so that the IDPs are able to return to the villages of their forefathers with hope and security". The Chaldean archbishop stressed that reconstruction could not begin until Mosul is liberated and villages are cleared of bombs and booby traps.

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 Iraqi Patriarch: Trump's 'fast-track' offer to Christian refugees is a trap
Iraqi Patriarch: Trump's 'fast-track' offer to Christian refugees is a trap

President Donald Trump's proposal to 'fast track' Christian refugees, while the doors are closed to citizens of seven countries with a Muslim majority, is "a trap for Christians in the Middle East," an Iraqi Catholic leader said today. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, Primate of the Eastern Catholic Church, said these "discriminating choices" would just encourage anti-Christian propaganda. "Any reception policy that discriminates against persecuted and suffering people on religious grounds ultimately harms the native Christians of the East, because, among other things, it will "create

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Chicago Cardinal Cupich: 'We know the refugees, they are us'
Chicago Cardinal Cupich: 'We know the refugees, they are us'

This weekend proved to be a dark moment in US history. The executive order to turn away refugees and to close our nation to those, particularly Muslims, fleeing violence, oppression and persecution is contrary to both Catholic and American values. Have we not repeated the disastrous decisions of those in the past who turned away other people fleeing violence, leaving certain ethnicities and religions marginalized and excluded? We Catholics know that history well, for, like others, we have been on the other side of such decisions.

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US Catholic leaders call for solidarity with Muslim refugees
US Catholic leaders call for solidarity with Muslim refugees

Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, have issued the following joint statement regarding the recent executive order on the new refugee policy announced by President Trump this past Friday. President Trump's executive order suspends the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days. The order also indefinitely stops the admission of Syrian refugees and for 90 days, bars individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries.

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Canada: Catholic Bishops condemn attack on Quebec mosque
Canada: Catholic Bishops condemn attack on Quebec mosque

It was with horror and shock that we were all made aware of the violent and senseless attack carried out at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec yesterday evening. Such murderous violence is to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. It is a violation of the sanctity of human life; an assault on the right and freedom of the members of all religions to gather and pray in the name of their deepest beliefs; a wound to the peace, order and tranquility of our nation and its communities; and the desecration of a house of prayer and worship.

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Pope prays for victims of attack on Quebec mosque
Pope prays for victims of attack on Quebec mosque

On Monday morning, after Mass at Casa Santa Marta, the Holy Father met with Cardinal Gérald Cyprien LaCroix, assuring the Archbishop of Quebec City of his prayers for the victims of the attack on a mosque there on Sunday night. Pope Francis stressed the importance of for all, Christians and Muslims, to be united in prayer. Following his meeting with the Pope, Cardinal Lacroix returned immediately to Canada. The Holy Father also formally expressed his condolences for the victims of the terrorist attack in a telegram addressed to Cardinal Lacroix,

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