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June, 2018
Volume 44, Number 2
  
9 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Toddler Joao Bento wears a pope outfit during the general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 9 May. (photo: CNS/Claudio Peri, EPA)



Tags: Children

9 May 2018
Greg Kandra




In the video above, Pope Francis blesses a bus driven by Syrian refugees who will travel through Poland seeking to publicize the plight of Syria. During his general audience Wednesday, the pope called for prayers for peace in Syria and the world. (video: Rome Reports/YouTube)

During audience, Pope calls for prayers for Syria (Vatican News) Pope Francis has urged for prayers for peace in Syria and in the world. His call came during his weekly general audience of Wednesday, where he greeted Arab-speaking pilgrims. “I invite you to cultivate the devotion to the Mother of God with the daily recitation of the rosary, praying in a special way for peace in Syria and in the entire world,” the pope said in Italian…

Israel attacked Syria an hour after Trump ended Iran deal, says report (Time) Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, saying its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles. The reported attack came an hour after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, calling Tehran a main exporter of terrorism in the region. Israel’s military said Tuesday its forces were on high alert near its border with Syria, and were urging civilians in the Golan Heights near Syria to prepare bomb shelters…

Christian leaders in Jerusalem respond to vandalism (CNA) Church leaders are defending the need for a Christian presence in the Old City of Jerusalem, as some report increased vandalism, verbal abuse, and aggressive property acquisition by Jewish settlers. “Today the church faces a most severe threat at the hands of certain settler groups. The settlers are persistent in their attempts to erode the presence of the Christian community in Jerusalem,” said the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, in an interview with the Guardian…

Taboo puts pregnant women at risk in India (UCANews.com) “It is still considered a taboo in our village to visit a doctor during pregnancy. We are told to work and eat a normal diet even when pregnancy is detected. This is how it has been going on here for years,” said Rubeena Bano, 33, of Pulwama district. Close to 25 percent of women like Bano, who live in village areas of this Muslim-dominated region, believe that supplements like folic acid, iron and calcium tablets are unnecessary during pregnancy, a study found last year. The study by the Food Science Research Journal found village women did not have adequate awareness of the benefits of dietary supplements…

Leader of Armenia’s ‘velvet revolution’ takes power (NPR) On Tuesday, half a month after Serzh Sargsyan stepped down under popular pressure, Armenian lawmakers elected rough-hewn protest leader, Nikol Pashinyan, 42, to be the country’s next prime minister…



Tags: Syria India Israel Armenia Iran

8 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Vladimir Putin is shown during a service at the Moscow Kremlin’s Cathedral of the Annunciation conducted by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia after being sworn in as President of Russia. (photo: Alexei Nikolsky/TASS/Getty Images)

Rebels leave last besieged enclave in Syria (BBC) Syrian rebels have begun withdrawing from the last big, besieged enclave that they held in the war-torn country. Hundreds of fighters have been boarding buses along with their families in a pocket of territory lying in central Syria, between Homs and Hama…

Putin receives Russian Orthodox blessing after inauguration (The Moscow Times) On 7 May 2018, Vladimir Putin was inaugurated for his fourth term as Russia’s president. Following the official state ceremony, Putin met with Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, at the Cathedral of the Annunciation for a prayer service and a blessing…

Hezbollah wins significant gains in Lebanon vote (Reuters) Hizbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebanon’s parliamentary election, official results showed, boosting an Iranian-backed movement fiercely opposed to Israel and underlining Teheran’s growing regional clout. The leader of Shi’ite Hezbollah, Mr. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, called the result a “a very big political, parliamentary and moral victory for the choice of resistance”…

Armenian protest leader wins prime minister vote (BBC) Opposition politician Nikol Pashinyan spearheaded weeks of protests in Armenia that brought an end to 10 years of rule by Serzh Sargsyan. Now he has persuaded a parliament dominated by Mr. Sargsyan’s own party to back him as prime minister, only a week after he lost an initial vote…

Children of conflict: growing up in Gaza (As Jazeera) Around the world, millions of children are the unheard voices of war. And the horrors they witness today will inform the adults they become tomorrow. Will they grow up to be the next leaders, teachers or freedom fighters?…

Charity to offer college education to Syrian refugees in Jordan (GulfNews.com) Syrian refugees living in Jordanian refugee camps will be offered university education and vocational training as part of a new programe that was launched in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The initiative is a joint partnership involving Swiss NGO UniRef, The Jordanian Red Crescent and Isra University in Jordan. The signing ceremony for the new project was attended by several dignitaries in the capital including the ambassadors of Jordan, Oman and Afghanistan…

Bogus story about Vatican deal confirms Saudis’ religious freedom headache (Crux) Anyone who’s covered the Vatican for a while knows that a good chunk of the job isn’t so much reporting the actual news, but debunking “fake news” that others have shot out into the ether. We got an example this week, with a bogus story that Saudi Arabia had entered into an agreement with the Vatican to support the construction of Christian churches in the country…



Tags: Syria Lebanon Russia Arabian Peninsula

7 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Young men crowd around to watch the monthly quiz in the yard at Shano Prison in Ethiopia. To learn how lay people are ministering to these young men, offering them guidance and direction, read ‘For I Was in Prison’ in the March 2018 edition of ONE. (photo: Don Duncan)



Tags: Ethiopia

7 May 2018
Greg Kandra




People sit beside their destroyed homes in Bharatpur, India, following a severe dust storm Thursday. The Catholic bishops of India have expressed solidarity with the victims of the storm. (photo: Vatican News/AFP)

India’s Catholic Church expresses solidarity with victims of dust storm (Vatican News) The Catholic Church of India has expressed its grief at the loss of life and and property, and injury caused by a particularly severe dust storm on Thursday in parts of the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. “The Catholic Church condoles the death of our brothers and sisters who were caught unaware as nature’s fury took hold of large parts of North India,” said press release on Saturday signed by Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, and The Rev. Paul Moonjely, the executive director of Caritas India, the social arm of the Catholic Church in India…

Hezbollah reportedly on track to extend political gains in Lebanon (CNBC) Lebanon’s first national election in nine years could result in a stronger Hezbollah, preliminary results show, following an election marred by low voter turnout amid frustration over the country’s endemic corruption problems. Shia group Hezbollah and its political allies were thought to be on course to win more than half of the seats in the Lebanese parliament, according to preliminary results cited by Beirut’s media on Monday...

‘U.S. Embassy’ road signs appear in Jerusalem (Al Jazeera) ‘U.S. Embassy’ road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday ahead of next week’s opening of the mission in the city. The signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, were installed by workmen close to the south Jerusalem location of a U.S. consulate building that will be repurposed as the embassy when it is officially relocated from Tel Aviv on 14 May, Reuters news agency reported…

Libya says remains of beheaded Copts to be returned to Egypt soon (Egypt Today) Siddiq Assour, head of investigations at the Libyan Attorney General’s Office, said that he ordered that the remains of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS in Libya in 2015 to be transferred to Egypt…

Remembering the Eritrea-Ethiopia border war, Africa’s unfinished conflict (BBC) Two decades have passed since two of Africa’s poorest countries began the continent’s deadliest border war. The conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia left tens of thousands dead or injured in the space of just two years. But despite a peace deal signed in December 2000, the two sides remain on a war footing — their massive armies still facing off…

Did Syria create the world’s first song? (BBC) In Syria, music runs deeper into the fabric of the place than anywhere else in the world. Long before the modern state was formed in 1946, Syria had developed rich musical traditions over thousands of years. The diverse religions, sects and ethnicities that inhabited and travelled across the country over the millennia — Muslims, Christians, Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians and Kurds, to name but a few — all contributed to this eclectic musical heritage…



Tags: Syria India Lebanon Jerusalem Horn of Africa

4 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Sister Femily of the Sisters of the Destitute in Marayoor, India, leads a self-help group for adults. Discover how she and other sisters are Breaking the Cycle of addiction and alcoholism in Kerala in the March 2017 edition of ONE. (photo: Don Duncan)



Tags: India Sisters

3 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Nermine, part of a group of young Iraqi refugees in Jordan, hopes one day to return to her homeland. Learn how she and others are being supported and helped by the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, who are Inspiring the Faithful in Jordan, in the current edition of ONE. (photo: Nader Daoud)



Tags: Iraqi Christians Jordan Iraqi Refugees

2 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Kindergarteners participate eagerly at Rosa Gatorno Kindergarten not far from Boditi, Ethiopia. Read about their teachers in The Habit of Learning in the March 2018 edition of ONE. (photo: Don Duncan)



Tags: Ethiopia Children Sisters Catholic education

1 May 2018
Greg Kandra




Religious brothers sit in the library at St. Francis Theological College in India. Learn how India is helping form The New Priests in the current edition of ONE. (photo: Meenakshi Soman)



Tags: India Seminarians

30 April 2018
Greg Kandra




Sister Frehiwot oversees students filing into the school after morning assembly in the school yard at Rosa Gatorno Kindergarten, located about nine miles outside the town of Boditi, Ethiopia. Discover how Sister Frehiwot and other young sisters are helping youngsters get in The Habit of Learning in the current edition of ONE. (photo: Don Duncan)



Tags: Ethiopia Children Sisters Catholic education





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