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Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service
Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service

Pope Francis will preside over a penitential service at the Vatican on Friday, in anticipation of the '24 Hours for the Lord' initiative. The service will take place on Friday 17 March, one week before all churches around the world are asked to offer the sacrament of Reconciliation, a request made by the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelization. The theme of the initiative this year comes from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew: 'I desire Mercy'

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Irish missionary to give peace lecture at Queen's University
Irish missionary to give peace lecture at Queen's University

Father Patrick Devine, founding director of the Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation in Kenya is to to deliver a public lecture in Queen's University next week. The Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast will host Fr Devine on Wednesday, 22 March at 4.30pm. The title of Fr Devine's public lecture will be Inter-Ethnic Conflict Transformation Methods: Applications in Eastern Africa.

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Rwanda:  Church has an important role in promoting reconciliation
Rwanda: Church has an important role in promoting reconciliation
National reconciliation and the role the Church may play in this task twenty years after the genocide that devastated the nation were the central themes of Pope Francis' address to the bishops of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Rwanda at the end of their five-yearly ad limina visit. The Holy Father acknowledges the suffering of the Rwandan people and the many wounds that must still be healed, and joined in heartfelt mourning with the population,
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Pope Francis presides over Reconcilation service
Pope Francis presides over Reconcilation service
Pope Francis delivered the homily at a penitential service over which he was presiding in St Peter’s Basilica on Friday afternoon.   After his homily, the Holy Falther went to Confession himself,  before sitting down and starting to hear the confessions of members of the congregation. The order of the celebration included Psalms, readings from Sacred Scripture, and hymns, all focused on the theme of repentance and God’s boundless mercy.... In the season of Lent, the Church, in the name of God, renews the call to conversion.
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Syria: act of vandalism followed by apology,  reconciliation
Syria: act of vandalism followed by apology, reconciliation
An act of vandalism, then an apology and reconciliation, happened this week in Qara, in the diocese of Homs, Western Syria. On Monday, 19 November the ancient, 6th century church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, was desecrated by vandals who forced open the door. They stole more than 20 icons, ancient manuscripts and vestments, desecrated the altar and tried to steal a famous 12th century fresco, the 'Madonna del Latte'. While they were trying to remove it, the fresco was badly damaged with two cuts to the figure of the Virgin. As soon as the news spread
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US Bishop offers ‘ten ways Catholics can live Year of Faith’
US Bishop offers ‘ten ways Catholics can live Year of Faith’
To honour the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has announced a Year of Faith, starting October 11 and ending November 24, 2013. The goal is to strengthen the faith of Catholics and draw the world to faith by their example. Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, offers 'ten ways Catholics can live the Year of Faith.
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Syria: interfaith forum seeks peaceful solution to crisis
Syria: interfaith forum seeks peaceful solution to crisis
The Syrian Forum of Families has joined the interfaith movement Mussalaha (Reconciliation), which is working to find a way of dialogue between the different parties in the current civil conflict. Mussalaha members want to show that there is a third way possible, an alternative to war and weapons, that of civil society. Salman Al Assaf Rails, founder of the Forum, that brings together influential figures in the Syrian society, clans and different communities around the principle cores and values of family, stressed the urgency of "reconciliation,
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Syria: community leaders negotiate surrender of 300 fighters in Homs
Syria: community leaders negotiate surrender of 300 fighters in Homs
More than 300 fighters in various armed factions of the Syrian opposition in Homs have agreed to surrender, coming under the protection of the interfaith People's Committee 'Mussalaha' and continue an 'unarmed political opposition.' This is the result of a historic agreement promoted by the movement 'Mussalaha' ('Reconciliation'), born spontaneously from Syrian civil society, which is gaining the confidence of all the warring parties, families, clans, communities, sectors of the government and armed opposition.
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