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posted Jun 14, 2018, 7:57 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 14, 2018, 7:58 AM ]

Pope urges move to clean energy

Top gas and oil executives attended a two-day Vatican conference on 'Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home."

In his address to the nearly 40 participants, Pope Francis urged them to convert to clean energy, referencing the relationship between the environment and social issues.

"Coming up with an adequate energy 'mix' is essential for combating pollution, eliminating poverty and promoting social equality. These aspects are often mutually reinforcing, since cooperation in the energy field affects the relief of poverty, the promotion of social inclusion and the protection of the environment."


Thousands for Taizé pilgrimage

Thousands of young Christians from around the world will gather from August 8-12, 2018 in Hong Kong for the Taizé Pilgrimage of Trust and Reconciliation.

"We live this initiative as a sign of faith, hope and love, so necessary today for our world, and for Hong Kong, in particular, to promote justice, reconciliation and peace. We must educate our young people in this sense, so that they can contribute to transforming society. This event is an opportunity to open new paths of faith, hope and love," say Christian leaders of Hong Kong. The meeting will be a great opportunity for young people to welcome and share faith with other young people.


Catholic church attacked

A Catholic church has been damaged in Kachin State as sporadic fighting continues between Myanmar's military and Kachin rebels. Holy Family Catholic Church and a nearby house were attacked by Myanmar's military in Kamaing Kawng Ra village in Hpakant township, according to witnesses.

Parish Priest Fr Peter Nlam Tu said he heard an explosion near the village on the evening of May 30, and some minutes later, heard shots. He said it appeared that soldiers had fired at random, leaving bullet holes in the church building and his house. An unexploded mortar shell landed in the church compound. "The next day, the military came and took the unexploded shell. They didn't question me about the attack nor talk about who did it," said Fr Nlam Tu.

Tang Lung, a local catechist, said he and the priest were having a meeting with internally displaced persons (IDPs) when the attack happened. He said four bullet holes were seen in the church. A second shell exploded near a home, sending shrapnel fragments through the bamboo walls and grazing the cheek of a 22-month-old girl.


Third Philippine priest shot since December

A Catholic priest who used to serve as chaplain of the Philippine National Police was wounded after a gun attack in Calamba City, about 60 km from Manila, on June 6.

Fr Rey Urmeneta, 64, a priest at St Michael the Archangel parish in the city, was on his way to a church meeting when two gunmen shot him at about 9:40 a.m. Fr Urmeneta suffered wounds to his left upper back and left arm. He was rushed to hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.


Vatican diplomatic seat hailed

"On behalf of the Catholic Church in Sudan and South Sudan, as well as all the people of Southern Sudan, I express my sincerest gratitude to the Holy Father. The step taken by our Pope Francis warms the hearts of the victims of war, trampled in these nations, and symbolises the friendly bond between South Sudan and the Holy See," said the Bishop of the diocese of Tombura-Yambio, Msgr Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, welcoming the decision to provide for the presence of a diplomat of the Holy See in Juba. To this end, Pope Francis gave his consent to the appointment of Msgr Marco Kedima, of the diocese of Kakamega in Kenya, as Counsellor of the Apostolic Nunciature in South Sudan.