18 September 2012
A member of the Free Syrian Army helps civilians to leave a shelled building in Aleppo on
16 September. (photo: CNS photos/Zain Karam, Reuters)
Vatican: Make Syria’s Children a Priority (Vatican Radio) Less than 24 hours after Pope Benedict XVI’s heartfelt appeal to regional and global powers to stop the violence in Syria, the Vatican has redoubled its call for urgent aid to the innocent victims of the conflict, particularly children. Addressing the 21st Session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the U.N., Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, stated that the international community needs to make humanitarian assistance to all displaced people and other victims of bombardments and indiscriminate destruction — especially children — a priority.
Caritas Lebanon: the Pope Has Brought Us Hope (Vatican Radio) Caritas Lebanon, founded 36 years ago, is part of the far reaching family of Caritas Internationalis, the Vatican aid agency with a mission to bring help and support to millions of people in need across the world. Father Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Lebanon, shares with to Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure his feelings regarding the pope’s visit to his country.
Pope’s Trip to Lebanon Shows the True Face of the Church (L’Osservatore Romano) The pope’s visit to Lebanon was a journey of peace. Yet his itinerary in the lands where Christianity was born and developed in the first centuries had a far deeper meaning: In showing the Church’s true face, it summed up all of Pope Benedict XVI’s journeys.
Chaldean Bishop: “The Pope’s Comfort Reached Aleppo” (Fides) Benedict XVI’s visit also gave comfort to the Christians of Aleppo, the Syrian metropolis which for two months has been in the middle of armed clashes between the rebels and the Syrian army. This is what the Jesuit Father Antoine Audo, Chaldean bishop of Aleppo and president of Caritas Syria, tells Fides Agency.
Kerala Bishops Organize Student Protest Against Alcoholism (Indian Express/IBN Live) In a distinct way of protesting against the scourge of alcoholism, Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (K.C.B.C.)’s anti-drug movement, Madya Virudha Samithi, organized a march to the chief minister’s residence at Puthuppally on Monday. The march was made unique by a group of students who dressed up in military fatigues and arrived at the residence of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in a vehicle made to look like a military helicopter. According to organizers, it was the launch of a symbolic protest and an awareness program against the growing threat posed by rampant alcoholism.
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