7.9
TCC Video: Pope Francis Loves Sant’Egidio

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Pope Francis visits Sant' Egidio

The last three Popes have emphasized how small lay groups breathe life into the Church. Pope Francis has a particular fondness for The Community of Sant’Egidio, with its commitment to: prayer, the poor, inter-religious dialogue and peace. Have you ever been to one of their beautiful evening services? Read the story from John Allen in The Boston Globe here: Pope Francis Loves Sant’EgidioWatch a video about their work with the homeless after the jump:

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6.8
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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6.3
TCC Video: 8 Revolutionary Achievements of Pope John XXIII

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Pope John XXIII

Today is the feast of Pope John XXIII . He is remembered as a man of peace and goodwill who convened the 2nd Vatican Council. Watch a short video about some of the achievements of Pope John, aka The Good Pope, from Rome Reports after the jump:

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12.19
Misc: Iraqi Catholic leader asks West: ‘If they kill us all, will you do something then?’

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Louis Sako the Patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church

John Allen reports that since the US led invasion of Iraq more than 1,000 Christians have been killed in that country because of their faith. Scores of others have been “kidnapped and tortured, and 62 churches and monasteries have been attacked. 850,000 Christians have fled Iraq since the US led invasion. The Patriarch of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church begs for the Vatican to dialogue with the Muslim majority. Read about it in The National Catholic Reporter here: Iraqi Catholic leader asks West: ‘If they kill us all, will you do something then?’

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