Pope Francis has left Rome for his 12 hour flight to Rio de Janeiro, where he will attend the 28th World Youth Day. The Holy Father carried his own bag onto the plane. Pope Francis will spend all but one day of his week-long journey in the Brazilian city hosting the event.
During his week-long visit, Francis will see the faces of Brazil's success and struggles, starting with a meeting Monday with President Dilma Rousseff and followed by a visit to one of Rio's sprawling favelas, or slums, on Thursday.
The Divine Liturgy was served on July 4 in the inter-parish camp organized by the Sunday school of the All Saints parish in Lisbon, reports the website of the parish.
Under the leadership of the camp director Inna Siryk and tutors Edward Kupinsky and Antonina Pishunova, the children of parishioners from Lisbon, Cascais and Porto are having their holidays at the present time in the country, in a remote plains district of the Alentejo province in the south Portugal.
The largest Monastery library in the world which is situated in the Austrian Admont Abbey is inviting people to attend a series of events named "A night in the library". The organizers are offering eight meetings in July and August and the participants of the meetings will be able to familiarize themselves with the library's history and its richest collection.
In Syrian region of Idlib, southeast of Aleppo, on Sunday armed rebels killed Catholic monk. This was confirmed by sources among Jerusalemite Franciscans. During an attack of the rebels on one Christian village a 59-old Syrian hermit was killed. The monastery itself was robbed. One other priest and a nun from the same place left the village unharmed. All other Christian also left this place.
Turkey has reacted angrily to the Vatican following a statement from Pope Francis describing the mass killings of Armenians during World War I as “the first genocide of the twentieth century” during a meeting with a delegation led by Nerses Bedros XIX, Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics on June 3.
Return of property confiscated in the past by the communist authorities to churches will begin in the Czech Republic, reports Sedmitza.ru. The law on this issue was passed by the Czech Parliament, but left-wing parties have appealed to the Constitutional Court asking to cancel it, because in their opinion, it was not fair.