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posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:10 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 11:11 PM ]

Cave monastery of St Marone re-opens

The cave monastery of St Marone, a place dear to the historical and spiritual memory of the Maronite Christians, re-opens to liturgical celebrations, devotional practices and pilgrimages, after centuries of neglect. On July 31, the day of the Saint Marone student festival, a Eucharistic liturgy was held at the cave monastery, presided over by Hanna Rahmé OLM, the Maronite Bishop of Baalbek-Deir el Ahmar. Some politicians and representatives of the Lebanese Maronite Order also took part in the Mass.


Coptic Orthodox bishop murdered

A Coptic Orthodox bishop was found dead in St Macarius Monastery in Egypt on July 29. Bishop Epiphanius was abbot of the monastery, located in Egypt's Beheira governorate, about 60 miles northwest of Cairo. His body had injuries to his head and back, suggesting that he had been hit by a sharp object, according to the preliminary investigation.

The bishop was remembered for his wisdom, simplicity and humility by Tawadros II, Coptic Orthodox Pope of Alexandria, who celebrated Bishop Epiphanius' funeral Mass on July 31.


Pope Francis on Unemployment

The Pope held an encounter with young Jesuits who are attending a formation course in Rome on the topic 'Youth, vocation and communication', in light of the Synod due to take place in October.

Pope Francis told them one cannot be a Jesuit without freedom, and that a Jesuit's mission is going to the peripheries, whether physical or mental.


UN: Breastfeeding a Significant Health Benefit for Newborns

"When it comes to the start of breastfeeding, timing is everything," said Henrietta Fore, the UN Children's Fund's (UNICEF) Executive Director, on the eve of World Breastfeeding Week.

"In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death," she added.

In the report, 'Capture the Moment', UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) note that while newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive, they estimate that 78 million newborns are excluded.

"Each year, millions of newborns miss out on the benefits of early breastfeeding and the reasons – all too often – are things we can change," she continued. "Mothers simply don't receive enough support to breastfeed within those crucial minutes after birth, even from medical personnel at health facilities."