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COMECE welcomes EU plan to support the social economy

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) releases its contribution to the EU Consultation on defining the framework conditions of the social economy. The Bishops’ document presents a series of proposals based on the Catholic Social Teaching to realize the full potential of the social economy, which it says, offers a positive alternative to the profit-led market economy creating "relational wealth" and social friendship.

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Archbishop Broglio: Synod an opportunity to combat polarisation

The newly elected head of the US Bishops’ Conference discusses the synodal process in the country, its potential to combat polarisation in the Church, and strategies for including the voices of the marginalised.

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Cardinal Grech: Synodal path is to walk together

A two-day meeting with the Presidents and Coordinators of the Continental Assemblies of the Synod on preparations for the Continental Assemblies concluded today. The Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Mario Grech, said listening to everyone and excluding no one is part of the synodal journey.

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Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli Forces

Officials in Ramallah say four Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in two separate incidents in the occupied West Bank.

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Concern for two priests detained in southeastern Ukraine

Two priests serving in the port city of Berdyansk in southeastern Ukraine have been arrested and detained in a pre-trial detention center by the Russian administration on charges of preparing a terrorist act.

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Pope grieves for “wise and gentle pastor” Cardinal Baawobr

In a telegram of condolences Pope Francis prays for the soul of deceased Ghanean Cardinal Richard Kuuia Baawobr.

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Videos highlight faithful with disabilities’ participation in Synod

The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is presenting four videos to portray the contribution of the faithful with disabilities to the Synod on Synodality following a series of meetings at the Vatican.

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SECAM: Cardinal Richard Baawobr infused the African Church with a new sense of optimism.

The First Vice President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, has said the death of Cardinal Baawobr has robbed Africa of a selfless servant and a good Shepherd.

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U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Emphasizes Recommitment to Relationship with Jewish Community

WASHINGTON - In 1965, Pope Paul VI issued the Vatican Council’s declaration about other world religions, Nostra Aetate (“In our time”), marking a key milestone in the relationship between the Catholic Church and Judaism. As the 60th anniversary of this prophetic document approaches, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has issued a statement urging all believers in Christ once again to decry all “hatred, persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone.” (Nostra Aetate, 4).

The full Committee’s statement follows:

“More than ever, members of the Body of Christ must now become aware of their spiritual ties to the Jewish people chosen first to hear the Word of God. In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul spoke of the Church as wild shoots grafted onto an olive tree, that is, the Jews. He cautioned: “you do not support the root, the root supports you.” (Rom 11:17-24) As a result, the Church must take care to protect that same root from which she continues to draw sustenance as all await in varied ways the coming of the Messiah. (cf. Nostra Aetate, 4). The rising trend of antisemitic incidents has become even more painful in light of the Church’s relationship to the Jewish tradition and our connections to the Jewish people in dialogue and friendship.

“Beginning with the leadership of St. Paul VI, who guided the drafting and approval of Nostra Aetate through the Second Vatican Council and continuing without interruption to the present day with Pope Francis, the Catholic Church has continually fostered and recommended that mutual understanding and respect which is the fruit, above all, of biblical and theological studies as well as of fraternal dialogues. (cf. Nostra Aetate, 4)

Over the last six decades, the USCCB’s Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has been proud to build partnerships with the National Council of Synagogues, the Orthodox Union, and the newly established Modern Orthodox Group, promoting those positive relations so encouraged by the Council. In each of these exchanges, leaders in the Catholic and Jewish faiths have learned to encounter each other in a spirit of good will and a sincere desire to encourage our respective faithful to live together in a society increasingly diverse in its racial, ethnic, religious, and political makeup.

“Today, however, these same lessons are being challenged by the re-emergence of antisemitism in new forms. Outraged by the deeply hurtful proliferations of antisemitic rhetoric, both online and in-person, and the violent attacks on Jewish individuals, homes, and institutions, we wish to convey our sincere support to the Jewish people. As Pope Francis has stated, ‘A true Christian cannot be an antisemite.’ (Address to Members of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations, June 24, 2013).

“We must remain ever vigilant of the various ways in which these dangers arise. In unequivocal terms, we condemn any and all violence directed at the Jewish people, whether motivated by religious, racial, or political grievances. We furthermore denounce any rhetoric which seeks to demonize or dehumanize the Jewish people or Judaism as a religious tradition. We continue to remind ourselves of the shared spiritual patrimony that remains the foundation of our relationship with the Jewish people. We affirm that the Jewish people cannot be held responsible for the death of Christ or be depicted as rejected or accursed in theological discourse. It must always be remembered that Jesus, Mary, and his apostles were all Jewish. Finally, we remain firm in our dedication to a just political solution - a secure and recognized Israel living in peace alongside a viable and independent Palestine.

“As partners and neighbors, we seek to foster bonds of friendship between members of the Body of Christ and the Jewish people. With this in mind, and in light of the upcoming 60th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we recommit ourselves to broadening the implementation of the teaching found within that prophetic document. In the nearly six decades since the promulgation of Nostra Aetate, the relationship between the Church and the Jewish people has continued to grow and strengthen with mutual respect and admiration. May God continue to bless us with a renewed friendship and a mutual understanding that one day will allow us to address the Lord and stand as brothers and sisters to serve him ‘shoulder to shoulder.’ (Soph. 3.19).”

Members of the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs:

Most Reverend David P. Talley, Chairman
Bishop of Memphis

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera
Bishop of Scranton

Most Rev. David D. Kagan
Bishop of Bismarck

Most Reverend Denis J. Madden
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore

Most Rev. Jeffrey M. Monforton
Bishop of Steubenville

Most Rev. Wm. Michael Mulvey
Bishop of Corpus Christi

Most Rev. Mitchell T. Rozanski
Archbishop of St. Louis

Most Rev. Alfred A. Schlert
Bishop of Allentown

Most Rev. Peter L. Smith
Auxiliary Bishop of Portland in Oregon

Media Contact:
Chieko Noguchi

A Philippine university aims to be greenest in the country

Experts at home and abroad laud De La Salle University in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, Philippines, for its sustainability and environmental policies. We look at what has been hailed as the greenest university in the Philippines for the ninth time in a row by Universitas Indonesia GreenMetric World University Rankings.

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