A statue of St. Jude, who holds special significance for the McLaren family, also survived.
The Holy Father thanked journalists in particular for telling the stories of people from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Gaza.
The First Council of Nicaea held in 325 A.D. was called by emperor Constantine to confront the Arian heresy, which denied Christ’s divinity.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity dates back to the 19th century when Pope Leo XIII encouraged the practice of a Prayer Octave for Unity.
Bishop of Fort Worth Asks for Prayers for Synagogue Hostage Situation Involving Alleged Al-Qaida Terrorist
‘Please pray for the safety of the hostages, their families, this congregation, for the members of law enforcement, and for the peaceful surrender of the perpetrator(s) of this crime,’ said Bishop Michael Olson.