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posted Jun 6, 2018, 9:40 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 9:40 AM ]

VATICAN
Pope discusses refugees, climate change with Polish PM

Pope Francis welcomed the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, who assumed office in late 2017.

During the encounter, the two discussed positive bilateral relations between the Vatican and Poland, and addressed other timely issues such as family policy and reception of refugees. Climate change was also discussed, as the United Nations Conference on the topic is due to be held in Poland later this year.

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Pope meets delegation from Patriarchate of Moscow

Pope Francis stressed the importance of unity – not Uniatism – in a meeting with a delegation from the Patriarchate of Moscow on May 30, 2018.

"The Catholic Church will never allow an attitude of division to arise from her people," the Holy Father said. "And a couple of words to finish - one on the respect of Catholics towards you, Russian Orthodox brothers: the Catholic Church, the Catholic Churches must not get involved in internal matters of the Russian Orthodox Church, nor in political issues."

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UK
Keralite elected FC Superior General

Rev. Sr Pushpa E Purathur, daughter of (late) P. C. Varghese and Rosa, of the Parish of Engandiyur, Thrissur, Kerala, took over as the Superior General of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross.

Fr Julian Saldanha, SJ from Bombay, said in his homily, "The Lord took a handful of earth from the backwaters of Kerala, shaped it into a beautiful figure, and breathed His own Spirit into her. And the Lord said, 'Let there be a woman, Superior General, the sacrament of all that is beautiful in the FC world.' And so it was. Morning came and evening came… the 12th day of the Chapter. We thank the Lord for the gift of Sr Pushpa to the whole congregation and to the Church." After the election, she had an audience with his Holiness Pope Francis in Rome.

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INDONESIA
Protect "cultural and religious diversity"

Leaders of different religions, gathered for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, expressed their wish to protect "cultural and religious diversity in Indonesia," the largest Muslim country in the world. Leaders and faithful of different religious and cultural backgrounds - Muslims, Christians and Buddhists - gathered together to break the fast in the Cathedral of Jakarta, on June 1, in an event to commemorate the Pancasila (the Charter of the five principles) to strengthen solidarity among the various Indonesian communities. The Pancasila, official state ideology, is celebrated on June 1 each year. The first of the five principles of Pancasila is "to believe in one God": every Indonesian citizen has the right to practise the religion or faith he/she chooses, although the state officially recognises Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Confucianism. Representatives of various communities and groups such as 'Nahdlatul Ulama' - the largest Muslim organisation in the country, and 'Pustaka Bergerak', a group that provides a network of mobile libraries, were present in the Cathedral for the iftar, a traditional dinner that ends the fasting.

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NICARAGUA
Pope calls for dialogue amid continued violence

In off-the-cuff comments after the Sunday Angelus on June 3, Pope Francis denounced violence against protestors by armed groups in Nicaragua, and prayed for the country's victims and their families.

"I join my brother bishops of Nicaragua in expressing sorrow for the serious violence, with dead and wounded, carried out by armed groups to repress social protests," the Pope said June 3.

"I pray for the victims and their families. The Church is always for dialogue, but this requires an active commitment to respect freedom, and above all, life. I pray that all violence should cease, and the conditions for the resumption of dialogue [come] as soon as possible."

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D. R. CONGO
Priest infected with Ebola declared disease-free

A Congolese priest who was placed into quarantine after testing positive for Ebola has reportedly been released and declared Ebola-free.

A picture of Fr Lucien Ambunga, kneeling as a bishop prayed for him across a fence, went viral earlier in the week. It was posted on Twitter by the photographer, Will Swanson.

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