Pope Welcomes Youths Making Via Francigena Trek
AGI, June 29 — A group of 400 young people traveled more than 515 miles in 40 days on the legendary Via Francigena to meet Pope Benedict at the Vatican, Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reported.
The group set out from the
northern Italian town of
“Welcome to St. Peter’s Square,” he said. “I have heard that you have been marching for 40 days to the basilica in order to commemorate the 500 years since its foundation.”
The Pope added, “Yours is a pilgrimage of faith, and, coming here on foot you have also come with you hearts. I am happy for your presence; thank you for this sign of faith.”
Cardinal Kasper Opposes
AKI, July 4 — Cardinal Walter Kasper, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the recent stabbing of a priest in northern Turkey shows that the country is not ready for European Union membership, the international news service reported.
Regarding the attack by a Turkish
suspect of French priest Pierre Brunissen late July
2, Cardinal Kasper said the Church believes that “every act of violence
committed in the name of God is an insult to him and to every religion.” The
cardinal was in
“It is not the right moment for
Rabbi Asks Pope to Help Stop ‘Gay Pride’ Parade
ASIANEWS, July 3 — Israel’s top Sephardic leader, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, has asked for Pope Benedict’s help in putting a stop to next month’s World Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, AsiaNews reported.
According to the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth Amar sent a letter to the Holy Father, saying the event
In his letter, the rabbi wrote,
“We were shocked to hear of plans to hold the world Pride Parade in the
He asked Pope Benedict “to object to this terrible phenomenon, in the hope that the protest of religious leaders will guide lost souls who fool and harm themselves badly and will deter evil people from corrupting humanity.”