Vatican: new MoU on the fight against corruption

A Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and the Auditor General: the two offices will collaborate even more closely to better implement law regarding transparency and the granting of public contracts by the Holy See and the Vatican.
 
Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, addressing the 45th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday says, "water is the most essential element for life, and the future of humanity depends on our capacity to guard it and share it."
 
Patriarch Filaret has got infected with the coronavirus. This was reported by the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyiv Patriarchate.
 
As stated by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the Ecumenical Patriarch in his letter to the Order thanked the Archons for their support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the aftermath of the conversion of the Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church into a mosque and said “Christian church architecture is an unsurpassed theological language.”

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The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has issued a message to Orthodox bishops and faithful, calling for a renewed commitment to protecting the environment.
 
Belarusian border authorities deny Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk Mogilev entry into the country. Appealing to the faithful, he urges them not to let this latest development “aggravate tensions” currently rocking the nation.
 
The Archdiocese of America has decided to scrupulously follow the equidistance line. However, the presence of Archbishop Elpidophoros at the 2020 Democratic National Convention has given rise to much comment.  --   According to sources from the USA, the presence of the Archbishop does not mean endorsement. He was invited as a religious leader (among others) and a representative of the Greek community to address a greeting.

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As racial unrest continues in parts of the United States, the Archbishop of Milwaukee appeals for peace and respect for the common good. US Bishops also urge people of faith to participate in a day of prayer and fasting.
 
Catholic communities in a northwestern Vietnamese province which refused to accept religions have had their legal status approved by the government after a decades-long wait. On Aug. 21, Lai Chau provincial authorities announced that they had officially allowed Hung Hoa Diocese to establish Lai Chau Parish based in San Thang commune in Lai Chau city. The parish’s chapel is now based at the house of Nguyen Van Le, a layman.
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BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Lebanese Broadcasting Channel (LBC) reported that the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi called for the resignation of the Lebanese government and the holding of early parliamentary elections, against the backdrop of the Beirut Port explosion last Tuesday.
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Lebanon’s Christian Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai has called for an international investigation into Tuesday’s Beirut port explosion. -- 
 
The Ecumenical Patriarch was at the metochion of the Athonite St. Panteleimon’s monastery in Galatas, where,  according to the Julian calendar, they commemorated the saint. He said, “There is no danger of contracting the coronavirus in receiving Holy Communion.” He also recalled that the Ecumenical Patriarchate did not change the way Holy Communion is being offered to the faithful.
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For Turkey's Christians, the country's decision to reconvert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque represents yet another blow to their already marginalized community.

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He was born in Paris on February 25, 1925, to Russian parents who immigrated to France after the 1917 Russian Revolution.

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Le patriarche grec-orthodoxe d'Antioche, Youhanna X Yazigi, s'est rendu vendredi à Beyrouth, où il a rencontré le métropolite de la capitale, Mgr Élias Audi, et effectué une tournée à l'hôpital Saint-Georges des grecs-orthodoxes, en signe de solidarité après les explosions meurtrières du 4 août, qui ont dévasté la ville.  En compagnie du métropolite Élias Audi et d’un groupe de prêtres de l’archevêché, il a effectué une tournée à l'hôpital Saint-Georges des grecs-orthodoxes et au Collège de l’Annonciation. Les deux bâtiments ont fortement été abîmés par l’explosion de mardi.
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By Gina Christian • Posted August 6, 2020      Following Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanese Catholics in the Philadelphia area gathered Wednesday evening to pray for victims of what one priest called “an apocalypse.”

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The Greek orthodox Church will fully implement the social distancing and safety rules announced by the government to stem the spread of the coronavirus, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos said on Tuesday.

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The Russian Orthodox Church said the Istanbul-based Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew did not challenge, but bowed to the decision of the Turkish authorities to reconvert the iconic Hagia Sophia into a mosque, Russia´s news agency RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
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Stop the funding of the Libyan coastguard and solve the complex situation of migrants in Libya. As for the increased migrant landings in Sicily, “the arrival of refugees in the summer season and in the midst of the Covid crisis could have been anticipated two months ago. Advance planning would have prevented erratic approaches." Interview with Father Camillo Ripamonti, from Centro Astalli Refugee Service

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ROME, 28th July, 2020 (WAM) -- The UAE Embassy in Rome hosted the launch of the "Child Jesus Charitable Society in Cairo," which was attended by the society’s founding members and many business leaders and medical, charitable and humanitarian personalities.  -  Yoannis Lahzi Gaid, Personal Secretary to the Pope and Member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity, thanked the UAE for supporting charitable works around the world and promoting the values of fraternity and solidarity, which brought together Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Dr. Ahmed el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, in Abu Dhabi, during the former’s first historic visit to the Arab region.

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Fener Greek Patriarch Bartholomew on Tuesday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the restoration of Sumela Monastery and its reopening to visit.  -  Turkey’s Communications Directorate said in a statement that Erdogan and Bartholomew talked over the phone.

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Estonian Archbishop Eduard Profittlich may be canonised as the predominantly Protestant country's first Catholic saint, the public broadcaster ERR has reported. --  Vatican's Congregation of the Saints has examined the documents about Profittlich's martyrdom and the canonisation may take place in two years, according to ERR.

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(Peter Anderson) Two days of negotiations between the experts of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the experts of the government of Montenegro ended today (July 21) without a resolution being reached on the very controversial law on religion.  After the end of the negotiations, the Montenegro government issued a press release with a statement from Prime Minister Duško Marković describing what occurred at the negotiations. http://www.gov.me/en/News/229599/PM-Markovic-Talks-between-legal-experts-of-Government-and-Serbian-Orthodox-Church-ended-without-results-we-asked-Serbian-Orthodo.html  (official English version).  The press release quotes the Prime Minister as follows:
  During the second round of expert talks, held yesterday and today, we accepted:
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The head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis is among the guests invited to attend Hagia Sophia’s reopening as a mosque, Turkish Presidential spokesperson İbrahim Kalın said on Sunday
 
Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria on Monday denied reports that he had contracted the coronavirus.
 
The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, contacted Pope Francis today regarding the decision of the Turkish authorities to convert Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Katerina Sakellaropoulou stressed that this decision deeply distressed those who believe that this leading symbol of Christianity belongs to humanity and the world cultural heritage and moves Turkey away from the values of secularism and the principles of tolerance and pluralism.

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