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posted Jul 18, 2018, 10:33 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 10:34 AM ]

VATICAN
Pope on missionary disciples

At the Angelus on July 15, Pope Francis focused once again on the idea of missionary discipleship, taking the day’s Gospel as his starting point. In the Gospel reading, Jesus, after calling the disciples individually by name, goes on to send them out ahead of Him “two-by-two.” This, the Pope said, “is a kind of ‘internship’” in anticipation of their mission following the Resurrection.

Pope Francis said missionary discipleship, the missionary “style” can be summarised in two points: “mission” has a centre; and it has a “face.”

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Presidents-delegate for Synod on young people

Pope Francis on Saturday, July 14 appointed four cardinals as presidents-delegate for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which has as its theme, ‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’.

The presidents-delegate are: Chaldean Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon (Iraq), Cardinal Désiré Tsarahazana, Archbishop of Toamasina (Madagascar), Cardinal Charles Maung Bo SDB, Archbishop of Yangon (Myanmar) and Cardinal John Ribat MSC, Archbishop of Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea).

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CHILE
TED about God

The brief TED meetings succeed because, in a few minutes, they propose original ideas and models that motivate.

In Chile, since 2014, this university has proposed using the same pattern to talk about God and the Faith. These are short talks with the aim of changing consciences and positively impacting society.

Pablo Steinmetz Sotomayo says “REC of Reason in Christ is a project born in 2014 at the Catholic University of Chile and the Duoc and seeks to evangelise through social networks. What we do is to record testimonies that transmit Christ, that transmit Christian values, and we upload them to these networks.”

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BAHRAIN
Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral

The Church of Bahrain and the Gulf recently celebrated the formal start of the construction of the new cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia, patron saint of the Arabian Peninsula.

The new place of worship, which will meet the needs of the local Christian community, composed mainly of economic migrants and seasonal workers, includes a multifunctional centre that can host social, educational and cultural events.

Situated some 20 km from the capital, Manama, the compound will have a church. It will be connected to a building that will be the home to the episcopal curia, and include a guest house, educational and pastoral outreach facilities, as well as administrative offices.

The land was donated by the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The ground-breaking ceremony was held on June 10, and construction should be completed by the end of 2021.

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