8.5
CRS official: Gaza ‘on brink of collapse’

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CRS in Palestine

Read about the work of the US Bishops’ international relief and development agency, Catholic Relief Services, on the ground in Palestine and Israel. “Often the teams work under extremely difficult conditions with little access to drinking water or power.” Read the article from National Catholic Reporter here: CRS official: Gaza ‘on brink of collapse’. Donate to Catholic Relief Services here. See photos of Gaza after the jump:

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7.12
TCC Video: Vatican Requests a Pause for Peace during the World Cup

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The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has launched an effort designed to unite the world in observing a minute of silence during the final of the World Cup, to pray for peace in warring countries #PAUSEforPeace. Watch the video 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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6.5
Misc: Pope Francis may be the best Politician in the World

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Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch

Christopher J. Hale writes about Pope Francis‘ diplomatic skills for Time, “To reduce June’s meeting to an act of mere symbolism fails to understand the role religion can and should play in addressing difficult political and ethnic issues. Throughout world history, religious prophets have creatively navigated tense situations to advance peace and justice.” Read it here: Pope Francis may be the best Politician in the World

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5.31
All Christians invited to celebrate the first synod of Nicea in 2025

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pope-francis-patriarch-bartholomew On his return from Jerusalem, where he met with Pope Francis at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, revealed an appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated. Bartholomew said, “We agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated.” Catholics and Orthodox are getting the band back together. Read more from Asia News here: Nicea III – All Christians invited to celebrate the first synod of Nicea in 2025. See a picture of the Pope and the Patriarch kissing the stone on which Jesus’ body was laid after the jump:

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