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The Pope's condolences for the death of Cardinal Szoka

Cardinal Edmund
Casimir Szoka, Archbishop emeritus of Detroit, President emeritus of the
Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and of the Governorate of Vatican
City State, died on Wednesday night, 20 August, at Providence Park Hospital in
Novi, Michigan,. He was 87 years old. Upon hearing the news, Pope Francis sent
a telegram to Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, expressing his
condolences and “recalling with gratitude the late Cardinal's tireless
episcopal ministry in Gaylord and Detroit, and his years of service to the

Pope Francis calls the parents of Journalist James Foley

(Vatican Radio) In the midst of their irreplaceable loss, the parents of slain journalist James Foley who was killed this week by the Islamic State group in Syria, were called by Pope Francis who consoled them for their loss and assured them of his prayers.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi confirmed the pope made a private call on Thursday in English to Diane and John Foley who, according to Amercian Jesuit James Martin were said to have been "moved and grateful" for the Pope’s gesture. 

Pope Francis calls parents of journalist James Foley

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called the family of the American journalist James Foley who was killed by Islamic State militants in Syria this week.

The journalist had been working in Syria when he was abducted two years ago.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office Fr Federico Lombardi confirmed the pope made a private call yesterday to the journalists parents, Diane and John Foley.

Mr Foley who was Catholic had written about how he prayed the Rosary during his imprisonment in Libya in 2011.

Church mourns death of Cardinal Edmund Szoka

(Vatican Radio) The Archdiocese of Detroit has announced the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, at age 86.

Cardinal Szoka served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981-1990, and went on to oversee the government of Vatican City State under Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

Below, please find the complete text of the press statement from the Archdiocese of Detroit on the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka:

Iraq: Caritas Intl President appeals for end to atrocities

(Vatican Radio) The President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga S.D.B. has written a letter to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako and to the President of Caritas Iraq, Bishop Shlemon Warduni to express his concern for the safety of their communities and for the wellbeing of “all the people of Iraq.”

"Absolutely abhorrent" the suffering of Christians in Iraq -Southern African Bishops

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference which comprises Bishops of South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland have denounced the violence in Gaza and described as absolutely abhorrent that the Christian community of Iraq is suffering martyrdom and expulsion from their country.

Pope Francis meets Opera di Nazareth group

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received a group of pilgrims from the international “Opera di Nazareth” organization on Wednesday evening at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. The Opera di Nazareth was founded in 1964 in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, and eventually incorporated as as an organization of lay faithful that conducts charitable activities, outreach and works of mercy, as living witnesses of God’s self-revelation in Christ and Christ’s revelation of man’s true nature to all humanity.

Slavery to be theme of 2015 World Day of Peace

(Vatican Radio)  The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has announced the theme selected by Pope Francis for the upcoming World Day of Peace.  The theme, “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters” will be the title of the Message for the 48th World Day of Peace, celebrated on 1 January 2015.  It will mark the second time Pope Francis celebrates the Day of Peace since he has risen to the papacy.

A note from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace provides details about why the theme is relevant today: 

Pope on Korea trip: memory, hope, witness

(Vatican Radio) Memory, hope, witness: these are the three key terms in which Pope Francis placed his recent visit to Korea, when he reflected on the trip with pilgrims and tourists gathered in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican on Wednesday for the weekly General Audience. After renewing his sentiments of gratitude and esteem for the bishops of Korea and for the civil authorities who hosted him, the Holy Father began to focus on the Church he discovered during his voyage.

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