Pope to attend World Youth Day 2019 in Panama

Pope Francis will attend the next World Youth Day event, set to take place in Panama on 22-27 January 2019, according to the Holy See Press Office.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, confirmed on Monday that Pope Francis will participate in the upcoming World Youth Day 2019 in Panama.

The Holy Father will arrive at the event a day after it begins and take part from the 23rd to the 27th of January.

A brief statement said the Pope had accepted an invitation from the government of Panama and from the country’s Catholic bishops.

This will be the third World Youth Day Pope Francis attends. His first took place in Brazil in 2013, just months after his election to the papacy, followed by Poland in 2016.

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Indian Church, Indonesian Muslims, Iran mourn Cardinal Tauran

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran died on July 5 and his funeral service is scheduled for Thursday morning in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica.

The Catholic Church of India, Indonesia’s Muslims and Iran have expressed their sorrow at the death of French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Vatican Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, who passed away last week.

The 74-year old cardinal died on July 5 at Hartford, United States, where he was undergoing treatment for Parkinson’s disease.

Cardinal Tauran’s funeral service was scheduled for July 12 in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinal will preside over the funeral Mass, at the end of which Pope Francis will preside over the valedictory ceremony.

The former Vatican Secretary for Relations with States (equivalent to foreign minister) under St. Pope John Paul II, was appointed by Pope Francis as Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, who takes charge of the affairs of the Catholic Church during the vacancy between pontificates.

The veteran diplomat who served under 3 popes, was the senior cardinal who announced the election of Pope Francis on March 13, 2013.

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Aid to the Church in Need: bringing hope to suffering Christians

The Pontifical Charity ‘Aid to the Church in Need’ (ACN) says it is financing more than 5300 projects in 149 countries to provide support to suffering and persecuted Christians.

Presenting ACN’s annual report for 2017, the charity’s Executive President, Thomas Heine-Geldern, said they received more than 124 million euros in donations from around 400,000 benefactors across the world.

Thanks to these donations, ACN said it was able to provide financial support for more than 40,000 priests and religious in poor areas of the world who receive no other form of assistance.

Among the projects financed by the charity during 2017 were many for the rebuilding of churches and convents, humanitarian aid, formation courses for the laity and help to Christian TV and radio stations.

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