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Extracts - R.T.S. (Courtesy of the Catholic Times)Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY: Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and a key component in protecting human life, Pope Francis said. “The right to water is essential for the survival of persons and decisive for the future of humanity,” the Pope said during a meeting with 90 international experts participating in a Dialogue on Water at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Looking at all the conflicts around the globe, Pope Francis said: “I ask myself if we are not moving towards a great world war over water.” “Access to water is a basic and urgent matter,” he said. “Basic, because where there is water there is life, making it possible for societies to arise and advance. Urgent, because our common home needs to be protected.” Citing “troubling” statistics from the United Nations, the Pope said, “each day, each day! a thousand children die from water-related illnesses and millions of persons consume polluted water’.”

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis met last week with members of the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean (EUNAVFOR Med) - known as Operation Sophia - which has been tasked to stop people smuggling across the Mediterranean Sea. The delegation was accompanied by Bishop Domenico Sigalini, the secretary for the Commission on Migration for the Italian Bishops’ Conference. The officers gave Pope Francis a commemorative plate reading: ‘Operation Sophia - a message of hope in the central Mediterra- nean’. Pope Francis has often called for more action to save migrants attempting the dangerous crossing over the Mediterranean. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, said at least 5,000 people died last year attempting the journey.

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis recalled this year marks the centenary of the apparitions at Fatima. Speaking to German pilgrims during his general audience, the Pope said: “Let us entrust ourselves to Mary, Mother of hope, who invites us to turn our gaze towards salvation, towards a new world and a new humanity. God bless you all.” On 13th May, 1917, Lucia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto began seeing apparitions of Our Lady, which continued for months. Last December, the Vatican confirmed Pope Francis will go on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima from 12th- 13th May this year.

PARIS: Dominican Marie Bernardette the oldest Sister in her order died last Week at 110 years of age. Sr. Marie Bernardette had turned 110 on 5th January. She would have been a religious sister for 90 years on 18th April. The nun had spent 44 years at the Dax convent, near Bayonne, France. She lived through two World wars and was able to see ten Popes.

Published Tue 18th Apr 2017 23:24:12
Last Modified on Tue 18th Apr 2017 23:25:50

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