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Grand Ayatollah to Pope Francis: “Thank you for saying Islam is not equal to terrorism”

August 22, 2016. Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi sent a letter to Pope Francis to thank him for his words on the flight back from Poland, a few weeks ago: "It is not right to say that Islam is a terrorist faith.” In his letter, the Shia religious leader has strongly condemned terrorist attacks from fundamentalist Islamic groups. He has also stated that "the vast majority of the Musilm people consider all Takfiri sects to be outside the fold of Islam.” Makarem Shirazi is one of the 64 Grand Ayatollahs in Shia Islam and, as such, one of the highest authorities in matters of Islamic dogma and law.
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Pope conveys “solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims of wildfire in Portugal

August 16, 2016. The fire has killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin addressed a letter, on behalf of Pope Francis, to the bishop of Funchal, Antonio Carrilho. The letter was read during the celebration of Holy Mass for Our Lady of the Mount, Patroness of Funchal. In the letter, Pope Francis expressed his condolences and sorrow over the loss of life and property in the Portuguese island of Madeira, where wildfires have killed at least five people and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes. Pope Francis conveys "solidarity and spiritual closeness” for the victims and those displaced by the wildfires and prayed for the wounded and asked them to have "courage and consolation in Christian hope” for all involved.
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Pope sends condolences to North America in wake of Hurricane Earl

August 9, 2016. Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to the victims in the wake of Hurricane Earl through a message sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The hurricane killed at least 45 people in Mexico and 13 in the Dominican Republic and caused an estimated $50 million in damage.
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Pope sends his condolences following attack that killed 70 people at a hospital in Pakistan

August 9, 2016. The terrorist attack at Quetta Hospital killed dozens of lawyers and left 120 others injured.
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Pope Francis officially establishes the commission to study the diaconate of women

August 2, 2016. Six women and six men will study the diaconate of women "with regard to the first ages of the Church.”
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Federico Lombardi appointed new president of The Ratzinger Foundation

Aug. 1, 2016. Today Fr. Lombardi officially ceases to be director of the Vatican Press Office and becomes the president of The Ratzinger Foundation. Father Federico Lombardi will chair the board of the Vatican foundation established by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Until now it was run by president Monsignor Giuseppe Scotti. The Ratzinger Foundation promotes the study of theology, organizes cultural and scientific congresses and rewards the work of scholars and researchers in different fields.

Pope cancels visit to Gemelli Hospital of Rome due to an indisposition

2014-06-27

The Pope cancelled in the last minute a visit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gemelli Hospital of Rome. A Vatican press release explained that it was due to an "indisposition”.

At the center, the ecclesiastical assistant of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, read a communique. 

MSGR. CLAUDIO GIULIODORI
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart
"The Holy Father, due to a last-minute indisposition, will be unable to make the scheduled visit to Gemelli Hospital. The visit will be postponed. The Holy Mass will be presided at 4:30PM by Cardinal Angelo Scola who will read the homily prepared by Pope Francis.”

Sources close to the Italian Church have said that it was due to a strong migraine and fatigue.

It is the seventh time that the Pope has postponed a meeting for similar reasons. The first was on November 15th, when a cold prevented him from meeting with Vatican employees. 

On December 4th, he was unable to receive the organizing committee of the universal exhibition of Milan due to back problems.

On February 28th he canceled his visit to the Major Seminary of Rome due to fever. 

More recently, on May 16th, he canceled his schedule due to a light cold. Two days later, he canceled a visit to the Roman shrine of Divine Love to better prepare for his trip to the Holy Land, according to the Vatican. 

This month, on June 9th and 10th, he cancelled his schedule due to fatigue caused by the intense weekend after the prayer meeting celebrated in the Vatican with the presidents of Israel and Palestine.


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