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posted Sep 6, 2018, 9:15 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 9:15 AM ]

Vatican: every Christian to help protect the environment

Catholics and Orthodox celebrated the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1, and the Vatican is sending a direct message to ordinary Christians: caring for the environment is a matter of respect.

Msgr Bruno Marie Duffé, Secretary, Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said: "Ecology, environment, Nature, Creation... is not just a concept, it is an experience."

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Pope Francis on obedience

Pope Francis had a meeting with the Oblates of St Joseph who have just completed their 17th General Chapter in Rome. The order was founded in 1878 in Asti, Italy, by St Joseph Marello Viale. It is made up of religious members and priests who dedicate themselves especially to the field of education.

The Pope encouraged them not to depart from their founder's example of humility and work. But above all, Pope Francis invited them to cultivate obedience to the Pope, as St Joseph Marello had asked.


Pope appeals for Syria

During Sunday's Angelus (Sept. 2), Pope Francis made yet another appeal for peace in Syria and asked for help from the international community.

"This is painful: there are still the winds of war and unsettling news about the risk of a possible humanitarian catastrophe in beloved Syria, in the Province of Idlib. I renew my heartfelt appeal to the international community and to all the actors involved to make use of the instruments of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations, in compliance with international humanitarian law and to safeguard the lives of civilians."

This plea accompanies the UN's recent request for Russia, Iran and Turkey to forestall a battle in Idlib which could affect millions.


Synod on Youth and Vocation

On October 3, Pope Francis will start the Synod on Youth and Vocation with a Mass in St Peter's Basilica. The ceremony will replace the traditional Wednesday general audience.

The meeting of Bishops, representing all countries of the world, will last 25 days and finish on Sunday, October 28.


20% diocesan priests in Poland murdered during WW II

During World War II, every fifth diocesan priest in Poland was murdered when it was occupied by the Germans and Russians. Four Polish bishops were killed in the concentration camps, and nearly half of the Roman Catholic dioceses were deprived of diocesan bishops. It was also a war with religion, said the spokesman of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Fr Paweł Rytel-Andrianik, on the 79th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII.

App to combat waste of food

The Olio app is an initiative aiming to put an end to wasting perfectly good food. Between 33 and 50 per cent of food produced worldwide ends up in the trash.

The platform is very easy to use. Instead of throwing food away, one shares a picture of it on the app. Other users can accept it and come pick it up. In addition, the Olio team contacts distributors, retailers or catering businesses to pick up left-over food and give it away via the app. They also work with FareShare, the largest food redistribution charity in the UK, with the goal of eliminating waste.