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We begin in Rome today with a summary of the Pope’s weekly Sunday Angelus address that took place yesterday from St.Peter’s Square. Addressing the pilgrims who gathered there, the Pope denounced the war in Syria as inhumane and has called for an end to the fighting and for the immediate access to humanitarian aid and also for the evacuation of the injured and infirm. "My thoughts,” he said, “turn to that beloved and martyred Syria where the war has intensified. This month of February has been one of the most violent in several years of conflict with thousands of civilian victims: children, woman, the elderly. Hospitals have been hit and people can't get anything to eat," the Pope said. "All of this is INHUMANE. Evil cannot be fought with evil. War is an evil."
There have been at least 500 people killed from violence, throughout the past several weeks. There have been a decrease in Syrias residents from 2 million people to 400 thousand; where the few remaining residents continue to suffer from severe hunger and malnutrition.
On another note, an interesting event happened in Rome over the weekend. The Roman Colosseum turned red. And it wasn’t the only historical landmark to turn the colour of blood on that day. Vatican News has this report on the reason why.
Church leaders in charge of various Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem announced yesterday that they were closing the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as a way of protesting against what they are calling, “a systematic campaign against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land."
The church leaders were protesting against The Jerusalem Municipality’s intention to impose property taxes on churches.
Their proposal to levy taxes on church properties is contrary to the historical, but unofficial, tax-exempt status churches have had for centuries. In a statement read to the media, the church leaders said that, "This systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land severely violates the most basic and sovereign rights trampling on the delicate relationships between the Christian community and the authorities, that had existed for decades."
Earlier this month The Jerusalem Municipality announced that it would begin collecting over $186 million dollars in property taxes from 887 church-owned properties that were not houses of prayer. We will update you as more information becomes available.
And finally tonight, as we continue to embark through this Lenten season, there's no better time to reflect on resurrection narratives. Our very own Fr. Thomas Rosica has just released a new book; the perfect guide to help explain the Resurrection of Jesus. The preview is included in video above.
His book is now available, and buyers are provided a copy that is mailed directly to you from our Salt and Light online store!
That is all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspectives of a Catholic Lens.