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24 November 2014
J.D. Conor Mauro




A poster displayed outside of a Catholic church in Istanbul welcomes Pope Francis, scheduled to visit Turkey 28-30 November. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is pictured with Pope Francis. (photo: CNS/Nathalie Ritzmann)

Catholic and Orthodox churches move closer in Istanbul (La Prensa) After centuries, the Greek Orthodox and Catholic churches are enjoying an unusual period of harmony in Istanbul, in the hope of overcoming the millenary schism in Christianity. A placard with the images of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew decorates the entrance to Istanbul’s St. Anthony Church with the inscription “Welcome” in Turkish and English on it. The Catholic community in the city on the Bosphorus is completing preparations for a meeting between the bishops of Rome and ancient Constantinople, an event the Orthodox are also awaiting with anticipation…

Israeli cabinet approves ‘Jewish state’ bill (Al Jazeera) The Israeli cabinet has approved a bill declaring Israel a Jewish state in a controversial move seen as intensifying discrimination against Arabs residing in occupied territories. Ministers voted 14-6 in favor of the bill, threatening the unity of the governing coalition. The bill will now be referred to the Knesset, or parliament, where legislators will see it for the first time on Wednesday. The Times of Israel, which described the bill as “controversial,” said cabinet members debated it behind closed doors but their screams were “loud enough for reporters in the hallway to hear much of the discussion…”

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, pope says (CNS) The Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders,” welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and poverty, Pope Francis said. Addressing the 300 participants in the Vatican-sponsored World Congress on the Pastoral Care of Migrants, the pope said the church’s concern for the whole person motivates its material aid to immigrants and refugees, its offer of legal assistance and, especially, its pastoral outreach and offer of the sacraments…

The people of Donetsk trudge along warily under the rebel government (Al Jazeera) A year has passed since the Maidan protests began in Kiev on 21 November and sparked Ukraine’s worst political crisis since the fall of the Soviet Union. Within six months of the demonstrations’ start, Ukraine’s eastern industrialized heartland was transformed into a brutal battleground between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels declaring independence. Donetsk, a rebel stronghold, has been the center of what Kiev, the United States and the European Union say is a Russian-supported rebellion. Pundits say the conflict threatens to create a new cold war between the West and Russia…

Pope: Syro-Malabar Sts. Kuriakose Elias and Euphrasia are examples (VIS) This morning Pope Francis met with a group of faithful of Syro-Malabar Catholics, gathered in Rome for the canonization on Sunday of Kuriakose Elias Chavara of the Holy Family, and Euphrasia Eluvathingal of the Sacred Heart. The Holy Father took the opportunity to thank the church in India, and specifically in Kerala, for “all its apostolic strength and for the witness of faith you have,” he said…



Tags: Ukraine Israel Ecumenism Syro-Malabar Catholic Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I