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After days of intense violence and backlash over Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appeals for wisdom & prudence to prevail. In a statement issued by the Vatican Press Office yesterday, the Holy See "reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israel and Palestine can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders. Last week’s announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, sparked anti-U.S. protests throughout Asia and the Middle East, including four days of violent protest in the Palestinian territories. ...read more
A giant nativity scene and Christmas tree was inaugurated at St Peter’s Square in a public ceremony that drew thousands. The nativity scene featured 2-meter tall statues, in 18th-century Neapolitan costumes inspired by the theme of the Works of Mercy and was donated by an Abbey from southern Italy.The annual Christmas tree itself is a giant 28-meter red fir, provided by the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland and was transported over 2000 kilometers across Europe and Italy, before arriving at the Vatican. The tree was decorated with stars and ornaments designed and made by young cancer patients from several Italian hospitals.  Both the tree and the nativity scene will remain in St Peter’s Square until the evening of January 7th, as the Church ends the Christmas season with the feast of The Lord’s Baptism. ...read more
This morning, Pope Francis gave his weekly catechesis at the Pope Paul VI hall. It was his first general audience since he returned from his apostolic voyage to Asia last Saturday ...read more
WYD organizers announced this morning that the WYD Cross has been fitted with a GPS so that its pilgrimage around the world can be followed on their website. ...read more
Second Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 10th, 2017 One of the great stars of the Advent and Christmas stories, John the Baptizer, makes his appearance on the biblical stage today. Let us consider some of the details of John’s life and see how he is such a good model for us. John the ...read more
"I was crying, but tried to hide it. They were crying, too. Listening to them was emotional and I couldn't let them leave without saying something" to them and so I also apologized for all they had suffered. ...read more