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Pope Francis meets with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew

The meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch was held in “a fraternal atmosphere”, according to a communiqué from the Holy See Press Office.

Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople also had lunch together at the Casa Santa Marta with their respective delegations.

Huge Protest Held Against the Persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia

Huge Protest Held Against the Persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia
Huge Protest Held Against the Persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia
Huge Protest Held Against the Persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia
Huge Protest Held Against the Persecution of the Orthodox Church in Ethiopia

On Sunday 15th September 2019 in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and other towns across Ethiopia, thousands of people poured into the streets to protest against the unprecedented atrocities that are being committed against the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church and her faithful.

This papyrus contains the oldest Marian prayer known to date

The earliest known Marian prayer, like the Gospels themselves, is written in Greek. That is why, in it, the Virgin Mary is called Θεοτοκος, “theotokos,” the “Birth-Giver of God,” “the Mother of God.” That in such early prayer the Virgin Mary is already referred to with this title is quite important, both from a historical and a theological standpoint.

Pope prays for peace ahead of 80th anniversary of World War II outbreak

On that day in 1939, Germany invaded Poland, leading Britain and France to declare war on Adolf Hitler’s Nazi state, two days later.

Pope Francis recalled that tragic day on Wednesday, as well as the commemorations to be held in Warsaw, Wielun, and other Polish cities.

China, consecration of first bishop following Provisional Agreement

“I can confirm that H.E. Mgr. Antonio Yao Shun, who has been consecrated Bishop of Jining/Wulanchabu, Inner Mongolia (China), received the Papal Mandate, as was also stated by the Ordaining Bishop during the ceremony yesterday, 26th August 2019."This is how the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni, responded to questions from journalists. “The Episcopal Ordination of H.E. Mgr. Antonio Yao is the first to take place in the framework of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China signed in Beijing on 22nd September 2018”, noted Bruni.