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Pakistan: Like Mary, Pakistani mothers are candles that burn for peace and for the future

In Faisalabad, Catholics organised a tribute to mothers with the participation of priests, young people, mothers and children. For a Catholic activist, mothers are called to play an important role in eliminating gender biases. For Fr Bonnie Mendes, Our Lady is an "example" for all mothers. Mothers ...

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Nepal: Nepali Catholics pray for peace and a just constitution

The Christian Life Programme gets underway, offering participants the possibility of renewing their life by following in the footsteps of Jesus, model of life for everyday needs. Hope remains that the new constitution may be promulgated in time and secularism "practiced well".

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Vietnam: Vietnamese pray for social peace and the Church in China during Marina month

The country's 26 dioceses organise events that include songs, poetry readings, traditional dancing and floral offerings to Mary. Former students at Don Bosco schools organise small groups to pray and read the Bible.

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South Sudan: UN official calls for Jonglei state to start new ?chapter of peace?

The state of Jonglei in South Sudan has the opportunity to start "a new chapter of peace," a United Nations envoy said today, during the signing of resolutions to end violence among the state?s six main communities.

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Philippines: Government, Muslim rebels move closer to peace deal

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Afghan Security Official Says Senior Taliban Member Killed For Seeking Peace Talks

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports that the head of the Afghan National Security Directorate, Rahmatulah Nabil has said a senior member of the Afghan Taliban has been captured and killed along with 25 other members of the militia.

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SUDAN-SOUTH SUDAN All we are tweeting is give peace a chance

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Iraq: Kirkuk, thanks to the Iraqi Church, which promotes "Bridges for Peace"

50 political and religious leaders gathered yesterday at the Archbishop’s residence signed a seven-point document for the harmony and coexistence. An appeal to the central government and the governor of Kurdistan, to solve problems "rather than complicate them." Mgr Sako: the value of diversity the ...

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Pakistan: Punjab: Muslim Christian tensions over a murder. Dialogue brings peace and harmony

Thanks to the intervention of religious and political leaders a raid on a Christian colony avoided. The tension sparked by a news reports of a Christian who killed two men during an attempted robbery. The minority pray for the victims and demand punishment for culprit. Vicar of Faisalabad social ...

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Iraq: "Building bridges of peace", a project that unites Christians and Muslims in Kirkuk

The Chaldean archbishopric holds a reconciliation forum today. Some 50 political, religious and cultural leaders attend the event. Mgr Sako presents a seven-point proposal, signed by participants, as a "joint commitment" to dialogue. A committee is set to see to its implementation.

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Security Council hears of need for more women in peace and security matters

The UN Security Council today held a meeting at which it heard of the need to strengthen the role of women in the area of peace and security, such as through increased participation in politics.

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Pakistan: No to forced conversions to Islam and marriage without consent, says Justice and Peace

Catholic activists urge the Supreme Court to stop violations and protect abuse victims. They appeal on behalf of three young Hindu women forced to marry three Muslim men against their will. In a "male dominated, violent and bigoted environment," women cannot truly exercise free will.

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Volatile Chechnya Marks Third Anniversary Of 'Peace'

The Chechen Republic in Russia's restive North Caucasus region is marking a Day of Peace, commemorating the third anniversary of the officially announced end of counterterrorist operations in the volatile republic.

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Vatican: Pope: May the Risen Christ give peace and hope to persecuted Christians and the Middle East

The Easter message, Benedict XVI: "If Jesus is risen, then – and only then – has something truly new happened, something that changes the state of humanity and the world". Last night, during the vigil "with regard to material things, our knowledge and our technical accomplishments are legion, but ...

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Pope Calls For Peace In Annual Easter Message

Pope Benedict XVI has delivered his traditional Easter message of peace in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square in Rome.

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Annan Spokesman Says Syria Accepts Peace Plan

A spokesman for Kofi Annan, the United Nations-Arab League special envoy for the Syrian crisis, has announced that the Syrian government has accepted Annan's plan for ending the conflict.

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Thailand: Religious mark Assisi praying for peace and reconciliation

The prayer meeting was scheduled for October to mark the anniversary of the first Prayer for World Peace but had to be postponed because of flooding. For Catholics, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs, faith is "an instrument of peace". Bangkok archbishop reiterates, "You must love your neighbour ...

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UN Chief: North Korean Rocket Launch Could Threaten Peace

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says North Korea's plan to launch a rocket could be a threat to regional peace.

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Can Indian Yogi Bring Peace To Afghanistan?

A well-known Indian guru appears to think he can help the Taliban by teaching the militants how to connect to their inner selves.

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UN and partners call on Israelis and Palestinians to stay engaged in search for peace

The United Nations and its diplomatic partners in the search for peace in the Middle East today called on Israeli and Palestinian authorities to remain engaged in negotiations and refrain from provocative actions.

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Syria: Kofi Annan: Syrian people tired of the violence and want peace

The UN envoy leaves Syria without any agreement between President Assad and the rebels, but is optimistic for the future. Over 120 dead in two days of clashes in the city Idblid, Homs and Hama.

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Un: Iraq: Women in Iraq, guarantors of peace and coexistence between Christians and Muslims

Christian, Shiites and Sunnis religious leaders met in Geneva during the 19th session of the Human Rights Council. The participants raised the role of women and the family as elements of primary education. A document in five points to end sectarian violence.

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Time for Israeli and Palestinian leaders to get serious about peace talks - UN official

The United Nations political chief today called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to get serious about overcoming the current impasse, noting that the talks begun last month have stalled and the situation on the ground in the West Bank and Gaza remains dangerous.

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Somalia: Could London Conference mark a turning point on road to peace?

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Afghan, Pakistani Leaders Discuss Peace Efforts

Pakistan's president has publicly backed efforts to seek reconciliation with the Taliban in a bid to end the war in Afghanistan, now in its 11th year.

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Nepal: Nepal: boom in Valentine's Day cards inspired by Pope's message of peace

Valentine's Day becomes an opportunity to recall sentiment for loved ones and instill hope for the future. Manufacturers of gift cards stress the demand for gifts with phrases and slogans in praise of peace, dialogue and solidarity between people.

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British singer and actress Sarah Brightman becomes UNESCO Artist for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that the renowned British singer and actress Sarah Brightman will join its roster of Artists for Peace who use their prestige and charisma to promote the agency?s programmes and messages.

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India: Young people, justice and peace according to Benedict XVI and Gandhi

For Jesuit Fr Cedric Prakash, director of a human rights centre, young people aware of the reality that surrounds them and want to “build a society with a more humane and fraternal face”. Today is ‘Peace Day’ in India, marking the anniversary of the death of the Mahatma.

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Holy Land: International Day of Prayer for Peace in Holy Land

Card. Turkson, Justice and Peace, and the Custodian of the Holy Land for the fourth edition of the Day. Prayers and Eucharistic adoration, Mass at Calvary in Jerusalem. Angelus with the Pope.

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Vatican: Pope invokes the gift of peace for the Holy Land

At the Angelus, Benedict XVI speaks of "the authority of God," which is not "possession, power, control, success", but "service, humility, love." Encouragement to all people affected by leprosy, "as well as their caregivers who, in many ways, are committed to eradicating poverty and ...

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Myanmar: Burmese Church: trust and time, the conditions for peace between government and Kachin

In recent days, representatives of ethnic minority and government officials met in China. New talks on the horizon for a durable ceasefire. Bishop of Bhamo: trust is a prerequisite. Head of Caritas: time for the displaced people to return to their homes.

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U.S. Envoy In Kabul For Peace Talks

U.S. envoy Marc Grossman has arrived in Kabul for talks with President Hamid Karzai on preliminary peace negotiations with Taliban insurgents.

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Vietnam: Vietnamese Church to promote justice and peace in the Year of the Dragon

Focusing on youth, the Church urges parents and children to further their understanding of justice and peace by looking at the example of Jesus and its social doctrine. Mgr Joseph Đinh Đ?c Đ?o cites the example of Card Van Thu?n who went to jail but lived a life of “forgiveness and charity for his ...

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Iraq: For Iraqi bishops, country’s reconstruction needs peace and security

The ongoing power struggle between Shias, Sunnis and Kurds is causing destruction and harming the Christian minority. In two days of meetings, the prelates iron out ideas for national reconciliation, urging emigrants to “come home”. Iraq’s provincial and federal governments have an obligation to ...

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Pakistan: Faisalabad: inspired by Benedict XVI, Christians and Muslims engage in dialogue for peace

The Faisalabad diocese organised a meeting that brought together priests, Muslim leaders and scholars. Mgr Coutts calls for the separation of state and religion and opposition to barriers that divide. Vicar general laments the fact that the constitution does not promote the principles inspired by ...

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Nepal: PEACE 2012 Catholic schools teaching pope’s values of peace for past 60 years

Jesuit superior talks about the pope’s message for the 45th World Peace Day. Catholic values taught in schools are the basis for the shift from a Hindu monarchy to a secular state in 2006.

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Sri Lanka: Bishops of Sri Lanka: Christmas among the displaced, for peace and reconciliation

The message of the Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka (Cbcsl) encourages people to commit to bringing the country back"to normal," almost three years after the Civil War. Like the shepherds of Bethlehem, to encounter Jesus among the poorest, without distinction of caste, creed or ethnicity.

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Vatican: Pope: God "appeared", may the birth of the Christ Child bring peace and reconciliation to the world

In the Christmas Vigil Mass Benedict XVI says that the birth of Jesus is God's answer to "come to the rescue" of men. "In our time, in our world, the rod of the oppressor, the footgear of battle, every cloak rolled in blood would be burned, so that your peace may triumph in this world of ours."

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In Christmas Message, Pope Urges Peace In Africa, Asia

In his traditional Christmas Day message, Pope Benedict XVI has urged the faithful to seek a "spiritual union" with the less fortunate around the world.

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Libya: Msgr Martinelli: Christmas, a sign of peace in a Libya still at war

The Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli states that revenge attacks are still in act in the country between rebels and loyalists to the Gaddafi family. For security reasons, Christmas celebrations will be held in the late afternoon. The visit to the Filipino Catholics of Misurata, the only foreigners in ...

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India: A Christmas of peace in a year of persecution

In 2011, 170 anti-Christian attacks at the hands of Hindu extremists. Murder, mutilation, destroyed churches, burned Bibles and desecrated graves the most common episodes. The President of the Global Council of Indian Christians: "The crib is the essence of Christmas, and all the houses are small ...

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Syria: Christian patriarchs call for peace in Syria as Moscow puts pressure in the United Nations

Catholic bishops issue a press release on the country’s situation that differs from previous statements of unconditional support for the regime. Syrian media ignore a proposed Russian resolution in the UN Security Council to solve the crisis.

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Syria: Catholic patriarchs call for peace in Syria as Moscow puts pressure in the United Nations

Catholic patriarchs issue a press release on the country’s situation that differs from previous statements of unconditional support for the regime. Syrian media ignore a proposed Russian resolution in the UN Security Council to solve the crisis.

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Vatican: PEACE 2012 Without God there is no peace. The end of relativism and the Christianity of "values"

In his Message for World Day of Peace 2012, Benedict XVI places the foundations for a new "earthly city" and a new social pact. The current crisis – in the economic sphere - first of all is rooted in a "cultural anthropology". Defeating relativism with the search for truth. The forgetfulness of ...

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Vatican: PEACE 2012 Pope: only by "raising our eyes to God” can we educate young people to justice and peace

Benedict XVI's message for peace World Day for Peace highlights the need to offer young people, who must also be heard, an integral human formation. The role and duties of the family, of educators, policy makers and media. Relativism is an "obstacle" that promotes a conception of freedom that ...

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Sri Lanka: Theatre, dance and the arts bring peace between Tamils and Sinhalese

The Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) celebrates its 46th anniversary. Founded in 1965 by a Catholic priest, it opened up nationally because of the civil war. Finding new talents is its goal.

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Pakistani Taliban Spokesman Denies Claim Of Government Peace Talks

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has denied claims by a fellow Taliban member that he is negotiating a peace deal with Pakistan's government.

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Pakistan: Faisalabad, Christians and Muslims for peace and interfaith harmony

NCJP organizes a meeting attended by leading Catholics, Muslims and politicians. In the city the scene of inter-religious violence in 2010, activists seek review of laws that promote hatred, such as the blasphemy laws. Muslim exponent: respect the faith of others.

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Palestinian pupils at UN schools form group image as dove of peace

Hundreds of children from United Nations-run schools in the Jericho area of the occupied Palestinian territory today created a massive aerial image jointly with the renowned artist John Quigley to send out a peace message to the world.

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UN officials urge global focus on new challenges to peace and security

Senior United Nations officials today cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as daunting challenges to the maintenance of international peace and security and called for regional and global multi-disciplinary cooperation to tackle the threats.

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Philosophy can benefit society, aid search for peace and development - UN official

Philosophy, the exercise of critical thought and freedom of expression are vital in the search for lasting responses to the challenges of peace and development, a top United Nations official stated as the world body marked this year?s World Philosophy Day.

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Russia: Syria: Lebanon: Patriarch Kirill on 'peace mission' to Middle East

After a visit to Syria, Lebanon is next. The head of the Russian Orthodox Church prays for the dialogue between churches and between Christians and Muslims and meets political leaders to "restore stability".

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Philippines: Government optimistic about peace talks, despite fighting

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Vatican: Holy Land: Pope: Religions must foster dialogue and understanding, for peace in Holy Land

Benedict XVI today received a delegation of leaders of various religions who are in Jerusalem. In the face of violence in the name of God and that which arises from the denial of God, religions are called to reaffirm that a just life relationship with God is a force for peace.

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Ban urges Liberians to maintain peace despite electoral disagreement

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the people of Liberia to refrain from violence despite political disagreement, and encouraged them to ensure that peace is maintained during the second round of presidential elections scheduled for Tuesday.

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Iraq: Forgiveness and prayers for peace one year on from Baghdad cathedral massacre

The words of Cardinal Sandri at a mass celebrated in Rome to commemorate the killing of over 40 people. Today in the Iraqi capital Archbishop of Baghdad leads celebration with patriarchs of the Maronite and Syrian Catholic Churches.

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Vatican: ASSISI 2011 Assisi 2011: 300 lights for peace and freedom

At the end of Assisi Day, each representative stated his decision and commitment in the square where the first meeting was held in 1986. Before the exchange of peace, Benedict XVI said, “Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again! In the name of God, may every religion bring upon ...

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Nepal: Hindu youths read papal message of peace for the Festival of Lights

Tihar is a five-day celebration that represents the victory of truth over falsehood. Benedict XVI’s message for World Peace Day has become a point of reference for young Nepalis of all religions. Prayers are said for the pilgrimage of peace underway in Assisi.

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Vatican: ASSISI 2011 The world's religions commitment to peace

The day of pilgrimage to Assisi begins with interventions, the representatives of various confessions that accompany Benedict XVI express their witness for peace between faiths, and towards creation.

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Nepal: ASSISI 2011 Nepal awaits a message of peace and harmony for the country from Assisi, 2011

The major Nepalese religious leaders are spiritually united with Benedict XVI during his pilgrimage to the city of San Francisco tomorrow. The Protestant Bishop: "While the Pope is praying for peace in the world and appeals to religious leaders for the love and harmony, Nepal should learn from him ...

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Vatican: Assisi 2011: religions to renew their commitment to peace and justice

Here are the numbers of the ‘Day of reflection, dialogue and prayer’, set for 27 October in Assisi, the 25th anniversary of the first historic meeting. In addition to other Christian denominations, the meeting will see the participation of Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Shinto, Jains, Sikhs, Baha’is, ...

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Somalia has best chance for peace in years, says UN envoy

Somalis currently have a rare opportunity to advance peace in their country and establish a fully functioning government, says the United Nations envoy to the Horn of Africa nation.

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