#PopeFrancis "Jesus Christ leads sinners into the area of grace and forgiveness" #Audience FULL TEXT - Video
Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was found. Pope Francis' pregnant receptionist has been found dead This receptionist of Pope Francis was been found dead in her apartment on the outskirts of the city. Miriam Wuolou, a 34-year-old of Eritrean origin, was seven-months pregnant when her body was found. She was a worker at Pope Francis' home and the priests' guesthouse called Santa Marta for years. The Italian press further reports she worked as a kind of gatekeeper for the Pontiff, as well as for the bishops and cardinals. The Pope chose to live at the Santa Marta guesthouse after his appointment in 2013, refusing the grand papal apartments because he found them too elaborate.
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#BreakingNews New President Elected in Central African Republic - #CAR #Elects - Faustin-Archange Touadera
(CISA) – Central African Republic’s newly elected president plans to focus on peace and disarmament following years of war in the country, his campaign director has said.
“The priority will be peace, social cohesion and security,” President-elect Faustin-Archange Touadera’s campaign director Simplice Sarandji told Reuters on February 23.
“The emphasis will be put on the DDRR (disarmament, demobilization, reintegration and repatriation) program, then on the restructuring of the armed forces,” he added.
Former Prime Minister Touadera won a presidential run-off on February 20 according to preliminary results, setting the stage for the first elected government in three years.
According to the National Elections Authority, Touadéra received nearly 63 percent of the votes in an election that is expected to be a step towards reconciliation after years of violent.
Touadéra, 58 is a former mathematics professor and a former rector of the University of Bangui. He was prime minister under former President François Bozizé from 2008 until 2013, and quit just before Mr. Bozizé was overthrown by mainly Muslim rebels known as the Seleka.
Soon after CAR descended into turmoil a mostly Christian militia known as the anti-Balaka launched counterattacks against the Seleka thousands of people were killed, and nearly a quarter of the population was displaced according to the UN.
The president will focus on disarming the Seleka and anti-Balaka fighters with help from the international community, Sarandji said.
Elsewhere voting in Niger’s presidential and legislative elections extended for second day on Monday February 22 in areas where logistical problems prevented polling the previous day, delaying the preliminary election results.
President Mahamadou Issoufou is running against 14 other candidates, including Seyni Oumaru, leader of an opposition coalition. Shared from CISA News
Confirmation in an official note of Acero, the Assyrian association that oversaw the negotiations for the release. Freed, for a fee, also the last 43 community members. To date there are more hostages in the hands of jihadists. In recent months three people had been executed.
Damascus (AsiaNews) - The militias of the Islamic State (IS) have released the last group of Christians (pictured), still in their hands, part of a community of at least 200 worshipers seized last year in the northeast of Syria . 42 people were released yesterday morning, thanks to the mediation of leaders of the Assyrian Church, which has worked for the release of all prisoners.
In a statement the members of Acero (Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization, which focused first on the release of the Assyrian Christians) "confirm" the liberation "of the last group of hostages kidnapped in February 2015," still in the hands of IS.
The group was met by the Assyrian bishop Mar Afram Athneil, who negotiated the terms of the release. To date, the statement continued, "there are no longer hostage" in the hands of militias and "any word contrary is without foundation."
Thanking those who "worked in these 12 months" for the release of hundreds of faithful and "rejoicing" for the happy outcome of the case, the organization's " we mourn the tremendous losses, both human and material, suffered by the indigenous Assyrians of Syria".
Some sources close to the Assyrian community, say that their release came after 18 million dollars was paid in ransom; others speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the payment of a large sum of money, "but not 18 million. less than half "was paid. One community member reports that, to date, the fate of five Assyrians, also seized last year by jihadists remains unknown and they are still untraceable.
A year ago, 23 February 2015, hundreds of Assyrian Christians of the villages along the Khabur River, near Tal Tamr, in the governorate of Al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria, were abducted by the Islamic State (IS). These included women, children and elderly. In the days following the collective seizure, the terrorists freed a first group of 19 Christians, following the payment of a ransom of about 1,700 US dollars each.
Later, through contacts with negotiators and spokesmen, an agreement had been reached for the delivery of all prisoners. However, an ambush – probably carried out by Kurdish fighters - of the jihadist convoy that was about to release all prisoners,scuttled the operation.
The kidnapping of Christian families - at least 250 people, but the exact numbers have always been uncertain, three of whomwere summarily executed - happened during the offensive launched by jihadists against majority Assyrian villages in the northeast . This is an area of strategic importance, because it represents a kind of bridge between the lands of the Caliphate in Syria and Iraq and allows the opening of a corridor with Turkey for weapons, supplies and fighters.
Local witnesses reported that, following the offensive of Daesh militias [Arabic acronym of the Islamic state, IS], more than 5 thousand Assyrians - of 30 thousand that made up one of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East - decided to leave the country, choosing exodus in search of a safety and shelter.
Until March 2011 up to 40 thousand Assyrian Christians lived in Syria, when the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began, before being transformed over time into a bloody war that has caused 260 thousand deaths and over 11 million displaced people. There were at least 1.2 million Christians of varying denominations. Today the number, as in neighboring Iraq, has been halved. Shared from Asia News IT
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King of Kent; b. 552; d. 24 February, 616; son of Eormenric, through whom he was descended from Hengest. He succeeded his father, in 560, as King of Kent and made an unsuccessful attempt to win from Ceawlin of Wessex the overlordship of Britain. His political importance was doubtless advanced by his marriage with Bertha, daughter of Charibert, King of the Franks (see BERTHA I). A noble disposition to fair dealing is argued by his giving her the old Roman church of St. Martin in his capital of Cantwaraburh (Canterbury) and affording her every opportunity for the exercise of her religion, although he himself had been reared, and remained, a worshipper of Odin. The same natural virtue, combined with a quaint spiritual caution and, on the other hand, a large instinct of hospitality, appears in his message to St. Augustine when, in 597, the Apostle of England landed on the Kentish coast
In the interval between Ethelbert's defeat by Ceawlin and the arrival of the Roman missionaries, the death of the Wessex king had left Ethelbert, at least virtually, supreme in southern Britain, and his baptism, which took place on Whitsunday next following the landing of Augustine (2 June, 597) had such an effect in deciding the minds of his wavering countrymen that as many as 10,000 are said to have followed his example within a few months. Thenceforward Ethelbert became the watchful father of the infant Anglo-Saxon Church. He founded the church which in after-ages was to be the primatial cathedral of all England, besides other churches at Rochester and Canterbury. But, although he permitted, and even helped, Augustine to convert a heathen temple into the church of St. Pancras (Canterbury), he never compelled his heathen subjects to accept baptism. Moreover, as the lawgiver who issued their first written laws to the English people (the ninety "Dooms of Ethelbert", A.D. 604) he holds in English history a place thoroughly consistent with his character as the temporal founder of that see which did more than any other for the upbuilding of free and orderly political institutions in Christendom. When St. Mellitus had converted Sæbert, King of the East Saxons, whose capital was London, and it was proposed to make that see the metropolitan, Ethelbert, supported by Augustine, successfully resisted the attempt, and thus fixed for more than nine centuries the individual character of the English church. He left three children, of whom the only son, Eadbald, lived and died a pagan.(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)