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After days of intense violence and backlash over Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appeals for wisdom & prudence to prevail. In a statement issued by the Vatican Press Office yesterday, the Holy See "reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israel and Palestine can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders. Last week’s announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, sparked anti-U.S. protests throughout Asia and the Middle East, including four days of violent protest in the Palestinian territories. ...read more
Jerusalem is a unique and welcoming state, that cannot be defined by political authority or territorial dispute. On December 8, 2017, the Latin Patriarchate expressed several elements that, if followed, will open the possibility of a peace in the future. To read the full article click here. ...read more
Last week we looked at John the Baptist and how he was the voice that announces and prepares the way. I love the Baptist. He is by far one of my favourite characters in Scripture. It’s a good exercise to go through the Gospels and read everything about him. I bet you’ll find some things ...read more
This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we learn all about Franciscan Saints and author Derya Little shares her conversion story from Islam to Christ. Also singer/songwriters Mikey Needleman and Steve Angrisano both have new albums. Email us your comments, find Deacon Pedro on Twitter, or send us a direct voice mail message ...read more
(CNS Photo: Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his office overlooking St. Peter’s Square Dec. 8, 2017.) Advent is a time of expectation and preparation for the Prince of Peace. But 2017 has not been a year of peace inside the Catholic Church. Backlash to Francis’ leadership and teachings from a boisterous Catholic ...read more
A giant nativity scene and Christmas tree was inaugurated at St Peter’s Square in a public ceremony that drew thousands. The nativity scene featured 2-meter tall statues, in 18th-century Neapolitan costumes inspired by the theme of the Works of Mercy and was donated by an Abbey from southern Italy.The annual Christmas tree itself is a giant 28-meter red fir, provided by the Archdiocese of Elk in Poland and was transported over 2000 kilometers across Europe and Italy, before arriving at the Vatican. The tree was decorated with stars and ornaments designed and made by young cancer patients from several Italian hospitals.  Both the tree and the nativity scene will remain in St Peter’s Square until the evening of January 7th, as the Church ends the Christmas season with the feast of The Lord’s Baptism. ...read more