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Pope appeals for peace in Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine
Pope Francis on Sunday made another urgent appeal for an end to the conflicts in the Middle East, in Iraq and in Ukraine. Speaking after his regular Angleus address to thousands of people gathered in a hot and sunny St Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke of the victims of war, in particular the children who die or are injured and orphaned by the violence…
“….bambini morti, bambini feriti, bambini mutilate….”
I think especially, the Pope said, of the children whose hopes for a dignified future are taken from them, dead children, injured and mutilated children, orphans and children who have bits of weapons as toys, children who don’t know how to smile. Please stop, the Pope pleaded, I ask you with all my heart…..
“…..Ve lo chiedo con tutto il cuore….Fermatevi, per favore!”
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Relic of St. John Paul II at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
A major relic of St. John Paul II visited St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on July 12 and 13, 2014, it was the second stop on its East Coast tour.
Inauguration of the John Paul II place in Aulnay sous Bois
Polonia from Aulnay sous Bois and surrounding areas (the north-eastern suburb of Paris) waited for a long time for this event. Upon three years of efforts of the Polish community, the newly elected mayor Bruno Beschizza agreed and the city council approved a new name for the church’s square – John Paul II, thus honoring this great Pole and the great Pope.
On June 15, 2014 – that is one and a half month after the memorable canonization, the historic XII-century Saint Sulpice church was filled with worshipers, mostly Poles, many of whom dressed in regional costumes and ceremonial fire uniforms. They gathered for the Mass which was celebrated by Bishop Wiesław Lechowicz, delegate of the Polish Episcopate for pastoral emigrants’ matters who was accompanied by the delegate of the Saint Denis’ Bishop, Rev. Stanisław Jeż, Rector of the Polish Catholic Mission in France; Jan Ciągło Provincial of the Society of Christ in France and Spain and also the Pastor of the Polish parish in Aulnay sous Bois; as well as other Polish and French pastors. Beautiful musical setting was provided by the polish Piast Choir under the direction of Mr. Marian Blicharz.