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posted May 23, 2018, 9:57 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 23, 2018, 9:57 AM ]

Pope's condolences for Crash Victims

Pope Francis offered his condolences and prayers on May 19 for the victims and families of the May 18 plane crash in Cuba. More than 100 people died, when a jet crashed shortly after taking off from Havana's international airport.

The Pope's condolences came in a telegram to the Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba, Dionisio Guillermo Garcia Ibanez. The telegram was signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State.


Bishops offer healing, support after school shooting

In response to the May 18 school shooting at a Houston-area high school, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said the archdiocesan community would "unite to support and offer healing to those affected."

"As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in our schools and communities," he added in a May 18 statement. The cardinal said he was "deeply saddened" and that his prayer and the prayers of Catholics in the archdiocese are with the "victims and families of those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy."


Romero to be canonised Oct. 14

The time has finally arrived when we know where and when Msgr Óscar Romero will be canonised.

Pope Francis said, "On the 14th day of the month of October in the year 2018, he will be inscribed in the catalog of the Saints.'

The bishops of El Salvador thanked Pope Francis for his driving force behind the process. They also showed their joy to soon see his official title as saint, even though many had already considered him St Romero of America.


Consistory for 14 new Cardinals

On Pentecost Sunday, May 20, for the recitation of the Regina Caeli prayer, the Pope announced he would create new Cardinals at a Consistory on June 29, Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul. Three of them, the Archbishops of Karachi in Pakistan, Toamasina in Madagascar and Osaka in Japan, are Ordinaries of territories entrusted to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The names of the new Cardinals: His Beatitude Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans; His Exc. Msgr Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; His Exc. Msgr Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of Rome; His Exc. Msgr Giovanni Angelo Becciu, Substitute of the Secretary of State and Special Delegate for the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; His Exc. Msgr Konrad Krajewski, Almoner of the Office of Papal Charities; His Exc. Msgr Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Karachi; His Exc. Msgr António dos Santos Marto, Bishop of Leiria-Fátima; His Exc. Msgr Pedro Barreto, Archbishop of Huancayo; His Exc. Msgr Desiré Tsarahazana, Archbishop of Toamasina; His Exc. Msgr Giuseppe Petrocchi, Archbishop of L'Aquila; His Exc. Msgr Thomas Aquinas Manyo, Archbishop of Osaka.


Pope calls for 'reconciliation' after Gaza violence

At a Mass in St Peter's Square on May 20, Pope Francis said that the "heartrending' situation in Gaza needed to be accompanied by "gestures of dialogue and reconciliation.' Pope Francis stated that he prayed that hearts would change so that peace would come to the Middle East, and told his listeners that he "united himself spiritually' to a prayer session held in Jerusalem on May 19, an event that was holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims. More than 60 people have been killed around the Gaza border since May 13, and more than 2,700 people were wounded, as protests over the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem grew violent.


Christian gifts mosque dedicated to Mary

For Ramadan, a Christian businessman from India gifted a mosque to hundreds of Muslim workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). About 250 people can pray inside at any one time, with room for another 700 in the outer courtyard; it was ready for Ramadan, the holy month of prayer and fasting. The businessman named the mosque 'Maryam, Umm Issa' (Mary, Mother of Jesus), the second time the name Mary was given to a mosque.

Last year, Saji Cheriyan, 49, decided to build the place of worship in the East Ville residential complex in the Al Hayl industrial area, Fujairah, one of the seven emirates.

Saji Cheriyan, an Orthodox Christian, is a married father of two from Kayamkulam, Kerala. He moved to the UAE in 2003. Speaking to Gulf News, the businessman said he arrived with a few hundred dirhams. Since he immigrated, he has gone through ups and downs.