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posted Oct 24, 2018, 6:33 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 24, 2018, 6:33 AM ]

Pope Francis prays for victims of rail accident in Punjab

Pope Francis expressed his "heartfelt solidarity" on Oct. 21 for the victims of a train accident in the state of Punjab.

In a telegram signed by Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis said he was "saddened" to learn of the accident, and assured "his prayers for the deceased and those who mourn their loss."


Bishops on the Cannabis Act

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) on October 17, 2018, released a statement in light of the federal legislation, the Cannabis Act, coming into effect on that date. This document reiterates the moral and ethical concerns that recreational use of cannabis poses to human society and human health (physical, mental and emotional).

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Catholic schools committed to educating respect for Creation

The XIV National Council for Catholic Education was held at the Inter-diocesan Center of Brazzaville from October 15-17 on the theme: "Respect and integrity of Creation in the Catholic school", a theme taken from the Encyclical Laudato Sì by Pope Francis.


Catholic cemetery desecrated

28 graves of the cemetery attached to the Salesian convent of Beit Jamal, near the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, have again been desecrated by unknown persons. The discovery of the intimidating act was made on October 17.

It is not the first time that the cemetery of Beit Jamal convent, 30 km west of Jerusalem, has been desecrated. Back in 2013, an incendiary bomb had been thrown at a door of the convent, and blasphemous slogans had been written on the walls of the complex. The cemetery area was targeted again in December 2015, when unknown assailants had destroyed the crosses of tombs and some statues. The Israeli police have reported that they have started investigations with all the means available to identify those responsible for the sacrilegious act as soon as possible.


"Even from our desks, we can be missionaries"

On the occasion of his visit to Missio Aachen, Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), presided over a Mass on October 17, at the headquarters of Missio, attended by those who work in the offices of Missio and of the German Missionary Childhood (Kindermissionswerk 'Die Sternsinger').

"It is important we continue to rethink of the purpose of our commitment, that we continue to remember that God is the beginning and the goal of our actions and of our existence in general," he emphasised at the beginning of his homily. "It is He who gives us the strength to commit our life according to His will for the benefit of our neighbour. In this light, I would like to thank you for the work of Missio and of the German missionary Childhood."