#ShortNews: Catholics, Protestants join in prayers for peace between India, Pakistan

Lahore (Agenzia Fides) – A prayer addressed to God, a prayerful silence, a common song to invoke the gift of peace, calling for “mutual respect and the promotion of harmony and development between Pakistan and India”: is the initiative promoted by the National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism, in the Episcopal Conference of Pakistan.

As Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Capp, Secretary of the Commission reported to Agenzia Fides, the ecumenical prayer meeting on the theme “Peace between India and Pakistan” was held at the border between the two nations, in Ganda Singhwala, near Kasur. “We prayed, we held hands together, we lit candles as a sign of the heartfelt request to God but also of a personal commitment”, says the Franciscan friar to Agenzia Fides, explaining that the initiative was carried out during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, involving leaders and faithful of other Christian communities in the country.

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#ShortNews: In Russia, Catholics and Orthodox work together on pro-life cause

“The time has come for Christians to join efforts and come out as a united front for the noble goal of protecting the family when confronted by the challenges of the secular world for the sake of preserving the future of civilization,” Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) said, addressing the Extraordinary Synod of the Family in Rome.

The Russian hierarch reminded the Synod’s bishops of the 2013 Rome conference Orthodox and Catholics Protecting the Family Together, and its final statement underscoring, “our conviction that we bear a common responsibility for making marriage and family life the way to sanctity for Christian families,” and he issued a call to action.

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#ShortNews: Violence discredits religion, Pope says

On the last friday morning, in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis received in audience the participants in the Conference “Tackling violence committed in the name of religion”.

I would begin by reiterating what I have often stated, and in particular during my visit to Egypt: “God, the lover of life, never ceases to love man, and so He exhorts us to reject the way of violence. Above all and especially in our day, the religions are called to respect this imperative, since, for all our need of the Absolute, it is essential that we reject any ‘absolutizing’ that would justify violence. For violence is the negation of every authentic religious expression… We have an obligation to denounce violations of human dignity and human rights, to expose attempts to justify every form of hatred in the name of religion, and to condemn these attempts as idolatrous caricatures of God” (Address to Participants in the International Peace Conference, Al-Azhar Conference Centre, Cairo, 28 April 2017).

Read More: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2018/02/02/180202a.html