Reconstruction of blast-damaged Beirut church brings hope

CNA Staff, Nov 19, 2020 / 06:27 pm (CNA).- The reconstruction of a church in Beirut severely damaged by the massive explosion that rocked the city this summer is a sign of hope to the area’s inhabitants, said a local priest.

Fr. Nicolas Riachy is pastor of the Church of the Savior in Beirut, Lebanon. He told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in a recent interview that the blast not only damaged his church, but caused a local exodus.

“Ten percent of the population of this neighborhood has left, because they can no longer live in their homes,” he said. “I can’t do anything to stop them because I can’t give them security, which is what they want.”

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Report on Christians Unjustly Detained for Faith to Launch in UK

The plight of Christians who are kidnapped or unjustly jailed is the focus of a fresh report out next week produced by a leading Catholic charity.

Set Your Captives Free – A Report on Christians unjustly detained for their Faith will be launched in the UK parliament by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on Wednesday (25th November).

The launch event on #RedWednesday (November 25) – when ACN campaigns to stop the persecution of Christians and other minority faith groups – will be chaired by the government’s former special envoy for freedom of religion or belief, Rehman Chishti MP, and ACN (UK)’s national director, Neville Kyrke-Smith.

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Economy of Francis: Pope Will Take Part Virtually on Closing Day

At the end of the event ”Economy of Francis,” on Saturday, November 21, confirmed is Pope Francis’ virtual participation with a Video-Message to the young participants, connected with the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Italy.

The international event begins on Thursday, November 19, and gathers young economists and businessmen from around the world. It will be broadcast live in the portal francescoeconomy.org, reported a note of the Basilica.

On November 21, to celebrate the occasion, the monument to Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro will be illuminated at 11:00 pm (Italian time) with the symbolic colors of the Economy of Francis: green, brown, and yellow.

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English bishops adjust liturgical translation, following concern of CDW

Denver Newsroom, Nov 19, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The English and Welsh bishops’ conference has decreed that in the translation of the conclusion of collects in the Roman Missal, “one” is to be omitted before “God”. The conclusions will now read “God, for ever and ever”.

The decision follows a letter sent earlier this year by Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, addressing a concern about the English translation.

A Nov. 9 decree signed by Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, and Fr. Christopher Thomas, the president and general secretary, respectively, of the English and Welsh bishops’ conference, notes that “until now” in the three formulae of conclusions to collects, “the Latin words ‘Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum’ are rendered in English as ‘one God, for ever and ever.’”

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