Church Must Support Countries’ Minority Christians
AGI, May 17 — Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the
Speaking at the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, Archbishop Lajolo said the Church must respond to Christians where the lack of religious freedom makes for a difficult situation. Persecution “is making thousands of Christians leave their homeland, where their fundamental rights are not adequately guaranteed,” he said.
“The situation of Christians is
particularly painful in the Holy Land,
Russian Pilgrims’ Meeting ‘a Dream Come True’
ASIANEWS, May 17 — For 150 Russian pilgrims, a meeting with Pope Benedict marked the end of a memorial year commemorating Pope John Paul II, the news service reported.
Led by Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the
contingent met the Holy Father after his general audience. The archbishop
presented the Pope with a Russian translation of his first encyclical Deus Caritas Est
(God Is Love). The Pope also received vestments with the image of Our Lady of
Mercy, an icon from
“This pilgrimage is a miracle that
I never dreamt I could realize,” said a pilgrim named Igor. The same was true
for Tatiana, for whom “being in
“For a small flock this pilgrimage
is first of all an experience of union between the faithful of the diocese’s
different areas and their bishop,” Archbishop Kondrusiewicz
explained. “But it is also a chance to truly feel as one with the universal Church.
I am certain that it will fortify their faith and the prayer with the Pope
shall raise their hopes.”
REUTERS, May 19 — Pope Benedict said efforts in some Indian states to outlaw conversions are unconstitutional and should be rejected, Reuters reported.
The Holy Father condemned Hindu nationalist attempts to ban religious
According to the text released by the
He added, “The disturbing signs of religious intolerance which have troubled some regions of the nation, including the reprehensible attempt to legislate clearly discriminatory restrictions on the fundamental right of religious freedom, must be firmly rejected.”