White House Climate Change Meeting Postponed

AP WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has postponed a Tuesday meeting to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration. The White House said late Monday that the meeting would be rescheduled. This is the second time a meeting of top aides on the issue has been delayed. Donald Trump pledged during … Continue reading White House Climate Change Meeting Postponed

Obama to discuss climate change in Italy

Rebecca Savransky The Hill Former President Barack Obama is traveling to Italy, where he will speak this week about food security and climate change. The former president is expected to go to Milan to meet with several Italians and discuss the issues. On Monday, the former president is scheduled to meet with former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. That evening, he will attend a private dinner … Continue reading Obama to discuss climate change in Italy

Address of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “Religions and Peace” at Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders’ Global Peace Conference

Zenit Address of His-All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew “RELIGIONS AND PEACE” Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders’ Global Peace Conference Cairo, April 27, 2017 Your Beatitudes, Eminences, Excellencies, Distinguished participants, Dear friends, It is an honor to be invited to address this Conference on Global Peace organized by Al-Azhar and the Muslim Council of Elders. We wholeheartedly congratulate His Eminence Mr. Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, Grand Imam … Continue reading Address of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew: “Religions and Peace” at Al-Azhar and Muslim Council of Elders’ Global Peace Conference

Pope Francis’ Address to Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Pope Tawadros II

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‘The deepening progress of our ecumenical journey is also sustained, in mysterious and quite relevant way, by a genuine ecumenism of blood’

Here is a Vatican-provided translation of Pope Francis’ address to Coptic Orthodox Patriarch, His Holiness Tawadros II, during his April 28-29 visit. Today, they signed a common declaration, toward the conclusion of the Pontiff’s visit, which marks his 18th Apostolic Visit abroad and 27th country visited. Here is the full text: Continue reading “Pope Francis’ Address to Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Pope Tawadros II”

Pope to Authorities: Egypt Has Role to Play to Avoid Spread of Worse Violence

Addressing Authorities, Diplomatic Corps in Egypt, Encourages ‘Drawing on Egyptian Genius’ to Find Solutions Zenit “Egypt has a unique role to play in the Middle East and among those countries seeking solutions to pressing and complex problems that need to be faced now in order to avoid the spread of worse violence.” After arriving in Egypt this morning, for his April 28-29 visit to the … Continue reading Pope to Authorities: Egypt Has Role to Play to Avoid Spread of Worse Violence

Vatican decries “genocidal scourge” of terrorism in the Middle East

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The chief Vatican diplomat to the United Nations said “there is no greater antidote to violence and hatred than dialogue and encounter” during a debate on the situation in the Middle East taking place at the UN Security Council. Archbishop Bernardito Auza also called on religious leaders to speak out against terrorism, especially when it’s done in the name of God.

Ahead of Pope Francis’s April 28-29 trip to Egypt, the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations has decried the “violent chaos and new lows of barbarism” caused by terrorism in some parts of the Middle East. Continue reading “Vatican decries “genocidal scourge” of terrorism in the Middle East”

Will he or won’t he? Speculation builds on Trump meeting with Pope Francis

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It is still not clear if President Donald J. Trump will meet Pope Francis during his visit to Italy in May. The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, told America that no official request for an audience had arrived at the Vatican from the U.S. president as of late Wednesday evening, April 19.

Senior Vatican officials have made it clear that a request from the Trump administration for a meeting with Pope Francis around the time of his visit to Italy for the Group of Seven nations meeting would be granted.

Yesterday, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, the number three ranking Vatican official who is responsible for the general affairs of the church, told the Italian news agency ANSA: “Pope Francis is always willing to receive the heads of State that ask for an audience.” Continue reading “Will he or won’t he? Speculation builds on Trump meeting with Pope Francis”

Lawsuit Accuses George Soros Of Threatening Extortion And ‘Puppeteering’ Governments

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When an investment asset has potential to deliver returns for 100 years, the competition to be the sole owner can be intense. Such is the case with mining rights to the Simandou iron ore deposit in the West African nation of Guinea, where George Soros is involved in one of several lawsuits over the past few years. The dispute is aggressive, with Soros being called out as anti-Israeli in the suit, which dredges up well-worn charges the former hedge fund managers engages in a global conspiracy to manipulate numerous governments. The feud with Israeli mining magnate Beny Steinmetz dates back to 1998 and involves charges of manipulation and bribery.

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Top Vatican official urges U.S. bishops to lobby against Trump’s stance on climate, weapons, and migrants

Inés San Martín CRUX ROME– A top Vatican official is urging the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to lobby in Washington against many of the latest moves by the administration of Donald Trump, from the so-called temporary ban on accepting new refugees to the defense budget increase. Talking specifically about climate change, Cardinal Peter Turkson, of Ghana, said Thursday that if Trump didn’t listen to … Continue reading Top Vatican official urges U.S. bishops to lobby against Trump’s stance on climate, weapons, and migrants

Pope Sends Message for 70th Anniversary of International Catholic Center for Cooperation With UNESCO

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In his message for the 70th anniversary of the International Catholic Center for Cooperation with UNESCO (ICCC), founded in 1947, Pope Francis encourages to reject fear, violence and closure and to choose “brotherhood.”

For this occasion, the ICCC organized on Thursday, March 23, 2017, an international Forum, entitled “What World Do We Want to Build Together?” at UNESCO’s House in Paris, France, in collaboration with the Holy See’s Permanent Observation Mission at UNESCO and under the patronage of UNESCO and the French National Commission for UNESCO.

Monsignor Francesco Follo, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at UNESCO, read the Pontiff’s message. Continue reading “Pope Sends Message for 70th Anniversary of International Catholic Center for Cooperation With UNESCO”