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TCC Video: Pope, Bartholomew, Peres, and Abbas Pray at the Vatican

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Pope, Peres, Abbas, Bartholomew Jewish, Christian, and Muslim prayers for peace and brotherhood were read at the historic meeting of a Pope a Patriarch and the Presidents of Israel and Palestine at the Vatican today. Jesus taught the nonviolent love of friends and enemiesPray for peace. Read the full text of the historic service here: Invocation for Peace at the Vatican Gardens. Watch a video about the meeting from Catholic News Service after the jump:

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Misc: Who’s Protecting Muslims from Christians in Africa? The Catholic Church.

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Priest Xavier Arnold Fagba William Saletan writes for Slate about Muslims in the Central African Republic who are taking shelter in Catholic churches. Pray for peace. Read it here: The Protection of the Church

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TCC Playlist: Nearer My God to Thee by The Lower Lights

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The Lower Lights Sarah Sample of the Americana gospel revival group “The Lower Lights” founded in 2009, says of old hymns, “there’s just really beautiful, hopeful music out there that I don’t think has been given justice to. So we’ve been trying to . . . dig those songs out of the earth and polish them up a bit.” She continues, “What we want people to feel is that there’s room for everyone in the songs no matter what their lives look like, that there’s space for them to sing along and be joyful in it and be part of it.” Sample says. “We’re all part of … a bigger human family, and I think that’s what music is about: bringing people together.” The group is predominately Mormon, but these traditional hymns transcend that label and have been sung by all Christians. For example, listen to the track “Nearer my God to Thee” after the jump:

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Misc: Archbishop and Imam Are United Across Battle Lines

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TheArchbishop Dieudonne˙ Nzapalainga  and Imam Omour Kobine of Bangui  Muslim cleric and a Christian Archbishop offer both Muslims and Christians shelter from sectarian violence, and travel across the Central African Republic attempting to stop the killing with the message, “We are brothers.” Read about it in The New York Times here: Archbishop and Imam Are United Across Battle Lines

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