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Volume 43, Number 4
  
25 October 2012
Greg Kandra




Children play soccer amid destroyed buildings in the streets of Homs, Syria, 23 October. (photo: CNS/Yazan Homsy, Reuters)

Envoy announces temporary cease-fire in Syria during Muslim holiday (New York Times) Lakhdar Brahimi, the envoy trying to broker a peace deal in Syria, on Wednesday announced a seemingly unlikely cease-fire between the two sides to mark a major Muslim holiday: Eid al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice. The United Nations Security Council unanimously endorsed his effort...

Kidnapped Greek Orthodox priest found dead near Damascus (Fides) The body of the Greek Orthodox priest Father Fadi Jamil Haddad, pastor of the church of St. Elias in Qatana, was found today in the Jaramana neighborhood, north of Damascus — not far from the place where he was kidnapped on 19 October…

Cardinal-designate on Syria, Lebanon and freedom of conscience (Vatican Radio) Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter of Lebanon is one of six church leaders to be made cardinal in the November consistory. Tracey McClure caught up with the cardinal-elect at the end of Wednesday’s session of the Synod for the New Evangelization. In a wide-ranging interview, the patriarch speaks of the announcement that a papal delegation will be sent to Syria in coming days. The discussion also turns to the tension in Lebanon following last week’s assassination of a high ranking security official in a Beirut bombing that killed 3 people and wounded more than 80 others…

India’s new cardinal comes from a church that “does a lot for evangelization” (Fides) Joy, congratulations and hope are expressed by the Indian cardinals for the appointment of His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, who will be elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in the consistory to be held on 24 November…

Cossacks, Russian Orthodox leaders demand ban on Halloween celebrations (RIA Novosti) Cossacks and Russian Orthodox Church leaders in South Russia’s Stavropol Territory demanded on Thursday cancellation of Halloween celebrations organized by a local city administration. Authorities of the resort city of Pyatigorsk announced they would organize a “Halloween party” at a city square to give young people an opportunity to learn the history and traditions of the holiday…

Pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Faith (VIS) Three thousand knights and ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem — a tenth of its total membership — will make a pilgrimage to Rome in 2013 for the Year of Faith. The event, which is due to take place from 13 to 15 September, will coincide with the general assembly of the order and will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist presided by the Holy Father in St. Peter’s Basilica…



Tags: Syrian Civil War Russia Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter Priests Syro-Malankara Catholic Church