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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.

Education project backed by Pope launches first social network for schools

2014-09-04

For the last few decades, the Internet and technology have changed the world. Now, schools are trying to apply this revolution to education. 

An education project backed by Pope Francis, titled 'Scholas,' launched a social network where schools from all over the world can share their experiences. It will help define what it truly means to study in the 21st century.

JOSE MARÍA DEL CORRAL
Director, Scholas
"It makes no sense to have students listening passively in class. Now students want to be the protagonists of changes. They don't want to be treated as children anymore. A lot of people are doing great things, but nobody knows about them.”

To promote the culture of encounter, the social network 'Scholas.Social' will connect schools from both poor and developed countries. The main goal is to help specific needs meet specific solutions.


SANTIAGO CARMUEGA
Technological Master, Scholas
"Once you have your profile, you can follow the projects and schools you find most interesting,  just like in any other social network. For example, a school can say 'I can donate 20 hours of IT lessons.' So the system registers that proposal, and finds the school that has that particular need.”


The platform is available in English, Spanish and Italian, but it will soon feature more languages. It also has a page where companies and individuals can donate money to help those schools and its students in need.


More than 350,000 schools from all over the world have already joined Scholas. Now, thanks to 'Scholas. Social,' they will try to enhance education worldwide.


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