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« Reply #35 on: Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 21:28:57 »
https://www.ncronline.org/news/quick-reads/pope-pence-meet-vatican

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Pope, Pence meet at the Vatican

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Jan 24, 2020

VATICAN CITY — After Pope Francis and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met privately for nearly an hour at the Vatican, Pence told the pope that his Roman Catholic mother will be pleased with the visit.

"Thank you, Your Holiness. You have made me a hero," said Pence, who was raised Catholic but became an evangelical Christian.

The vice president, along with his wife Karen and daughter-in-law Sarah, arrived 10 minutes early for the meeting with the pope Jan. 24. They were welcomed by Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza, regent of the papal household.

As the pope and Pence sat down in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, the vice president relayed greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump, who met with the pope in 2017.

"I wanted to extend the warmest greeting on behalf of President Donald Trump who so enjoyed his visit here," Pence told the pope before reporters were ushered from the room.

After speaking with Pence for 59 minutes, with interpreters present, the pope greeted those accompanying the vice president on his visit, including Callista Gingrich, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See; her husband, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; and Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Pence's national security adviser.

Pence then presented the pope with a wooden cross "made from a tree at the vice president's residence."

"Every other vice president since Walter Mondale has lived" at the residence, he told the pope.

The pope then presented a medallion, describing it as "angel of peace" conquering "the demon of war."

Additionally, he gave Pence copies of several of his documents, which he jokingly called "a Vatican library." The documents included "The Joy of the Gospel" on evangelization, "Amoris Laetitia" on the family, and "Laudato Si,'" on the environment.

Francis also gave the vice president a copy of his message for World Peace Day 2020.

"Here, I prepared for you the message for peace," the pope said. "I signed it personally for you."

Neither the Vatican nor the vice president's office were expected to issue a statement on the issues discussed in their private meeting.
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Re: Kings of the earth
« Reply #36 on: Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 21:54:48 »
https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2020/01/17/pope-francis-meets-congolese-president

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Pope Francis meets with Congolese president

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January 17, 2020

Pope Francis received the president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi, in a private audience on Jan. 17 and discussed the current situation in this conflict-ridden, mineral-rich country and, in particular, the “persistent armed conflict and the spread of the Ebola virus” in the eastern provinces, the Vatican said in a statement.

The two spoke in the private library of the Vatican’s apostolic palace with the aid of a translator. Afterward, the president presented his wife, Denise Nyakéru Tshisekedi, and a high-level delegation to the pope. During an exchange of gifts, the president gave Pope Francis a painting from the North Kivu region, which is highly affected by the violence caused by militias fighting for control of its rich natural resources. The pope gave Mr. Tshisekedi an engraving of an angel of peace, as well as his message for this year’s World Day of Peace.

As the president bade the pope farewell, Mr. Tshisekedi invited him to visit the D.R.C. “I hope so,” Francis replied with a smile.

It was their second meeting. They met briefly in St. Peter’s Basilica last October when Pope Francis gave the cardinal’s red hat to Friedolin Ambongo Besungu, the archbishop of Kinshasa. Mr. Tshisekedi came for the consistory together with a high-level government delegation in recognition of the major contribution the Catholic Church has made in recent decades to the democratic process in this land of 87 million people, some 50 percent of whom are Catholic.

Earlier this week, before coming to the Vatican, the president had a private meeting with the Cardinal Ambongo in Kinshasa. The cardinal had just returned from North Kivu and told the president he had encountered a people “traumatized by conflict” and in urgent need of protection by the government. The president promised to counteract what he called “the negative forces” in the region.

After his meeting with Pope Francis, the president, accompanied by the country’s foreign minister, Marie Tumba Nzeza, and other government officials, held talks with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states.

In a statement issued after the visit, the Vatican revealed that the pope and president discussed “the good existing bilateral relations” between the Holy See and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and expressed “satisfaction” at the ratification of the framework agreement between the two countries on matters of mutual interest.

Afterward, the president and Cardinal Parolin exchanged the instruments of ratification of the agreement that was signed on May 20, 2016. The agreement established the juridical framework for reciprocal relations between the two sides.

It recognized the freedom of the church in pastoral activity and, among other things, set out rules governing Catholic educational institutions, the teaching of religion in schools, the church’s charitable and assistance work, pastoral care in the armed forces, prisons and hospitals, the patrimonial and tax regime and the granting of visas for religious personnel to enter and work in the country.


The Vatican statement said the Congolese president, Pope Francis and the senior Vatican officials also spoke about “the contribution of the Catholic Church” to the democratic process in the country and in the promotion of “the common good and integral development of the nation, especially in the fields of education and health care.”

The Catholic Church has numerous schools and other educational institutes as well as hospitals and health care centers across the D.R.C., the second largest country in Africa—a quarter of the size of the United States.

In their respective conversations, the pope, the president and senior Vatican officials discussed “the country’s current situation, with particular reference to the sufferings of the population in the eastern provinces, due to persistent armed conflict and the spread of the Ebola virus.”

They also spoke about the urgent need for “collaboration and cooperation at national and international level, to protect human dignity and to promote civil coexistence, starting from the many refugees and displaced persons who are facing a grave humanitarian crisis.”

Mr. Tshisekedi took over as president in January 2019 from Joseph Kabila, who ruled for 18 years and delayed elections multiple times. It marked the first peaceful transfer of power in the D.R.C.’s history. But, according to the Council of Foreign Relations’ “Global Conflict Tracker,” the new president inherited a number of crises, including an Ebola outbreak in the east and ongoing violence across the country, particularly in the Ituri, Kasi and Kivu regions.

More than 100 armed groups are believed to operate in the eastern region of the D.R.C., where many rare minerals are found. Despite the presence of more than 16,000 U.N. peacekeepers, these groups continue to terrorize communities and control weakly governed areas. Millions of civilians have been forced to flee the fighting: The United Nations estimates there are currently four to five million displaced people in the D.R.C. and more than 800,000 refugees in other countries.

Over the past 20 years, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been afflicted by what has been called the biggest conflict since World War II. It has involved armed groups from nine nations and many ethnic groups, within the borders of a land that is rich in rare minerals but with a poverty-stricken population. Over three million people have been killed, and human rights violations and rape have been rampant.

The World Health Organization reports that as of Jan. 12, 2020, there have been a total of 3,398 Ebola virus cases, including 2,235 fatalities. Of the total confirmed and probable cases, 56 percent were female, 28 percent were children aged less than 18 years, and 5 percent were health care workers.

While Pope Francis would be keen to visit and express his closeness to the suffering people of the D.R.C., he already has plans to go to South Sudan, and a second visit to Africa is unlikely in the same year.

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Re: Kings of the earth
« Reply #37 on: Fri Jan 24, 2020 - 22:15:55 »
https://www.dailynews.com/2019/08/09/la-mayor-eric-garcetti-meets-with-pope-francis-at-the-vatican/

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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had a one-on-one meeting at the Vatican Friday with the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.

Garcetti’s office announced the private audience, and included photos of the mayor with the Pope with whom he talked climate change, youth, poverty and immigration.

Garcetti, who is Jewish, said he was “grateful to Pope Francis for the deep and humbling honor of meeting with me at the Vatican today.”

He said was moved by Francis’s “inspired words about matters that will shape the future of our world, and to have the chance to speak to him about our mutual work to save this planet and serve our fellow human beings.”

Pope Francis released an encyclical in 2015 calling for action on fighting climate change, and describing it as a moral duty.

Garcetti added that the Pope “shared greetings for the people of Los Angeles — and we are grateful for his grace, his prayers, and a message of faith, love, understanding, and cooperation that brings peace and comfort to people everywhere.”

According to a mayoral aide, Garcetti is traveling in Europe to attend meetings related to his participation on the C40 steering committee, which is made up of mayors from cities around the world working on the climate change issue.

The Pope and his lefty progressive minions will not save this planet. They will only bring about the global government or cooperation of governments guided by BABYLON THE GREAT, that will form the final beast of biblical prophecy and bring this present world to its end by the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. None will be saved but those saved in Christ alone. All other false claims of salvation for the inhabitants of this world are deception.

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Re: Kings of the earth
« Reply #38 on: Sat Apr 11, 2020 - 12:34:56 »
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-china-idUSKCN1M20H7

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Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

VILNIUS (Reuters) - The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled the deal a sellout to the Communist government.

The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on a four-day trip to the Baltic countries.

It gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in a country whose around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.

The Vatican said the accord, a breakthrough after years of negotiations, was “not political but pastoral”.

A Holy See statement did not mention Taiwan, which the Vatican recognizes diplomatically and which China sees as a renegade province.

However, diplomats have said the accord was a possible precursor to a resumption in diplomatic relations with Beijing after 70 years. Beijing does not allow countries to have diplomatic relations with both China and Taiwan.

Taiwan now has formal relations with only 17 states and the Vatican is the only one in Europe.


The Vatican said the pope hoped “a new process may begin that will allow the wounds of the past to be overcome, leading to the full communion of all Chinese Catholics”.

But prospects of such an agreement had divided communities of Catholics across China, some of whom fear greater suppression should the Vatican cede more control to Beijing. Others want to see rapprochement and avoid a potential schism.

“They’re giving the flock into the mouths of the wolves. It’s an incredible betrayal,” said Cardinal Joseph Zen, the feisty, 86-year-old former archbishop of Hong Kong who has led the opposition to the deal.

“The consequences will be tragic and long lasting, not only for the Church in China but for the whole Church because it damages the credibility. Maybe that’s why they might keep the agreement secret,” Zen told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

Vatican sources have said the deal will not be published and can be reviewed and fine-tuned in the future.

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The Vatican said that as part of the deal, Pope Francis had recognized the legitimacy of the seven remaining state-appointed Chinese bishops who had been named without papal approval and had re-admitted them into the Church.

“Today, for the first time all the bishops in China are in communion with the Bishop of Rome (the pope),” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State and one of the chief architects of the deal, said in a statement.

Vatican sources have said that a few bishops appointed by Rome will cede their places to bishops who had been appointed by Beijing.

In future, new bishops first will be proposed by members of local Catholic communities together with Chinese authorities. The names of candidates will be sent to the Vatican and the pope will make a final decision, the sources said.
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Re: Kings of the earth
« Reply #39 on: Sat Apr 11, 2020 - 12:49:34 »
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/197322

Vatican Signs First Accord with 'Palestine'

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« Reply #40 on: Sat Apr 11, 2020 - 12:52:26 »
https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=43380

Vatican signs legal accord with Angola

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