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First Interreligious Match for Peace is a success

The first Interreligious Match for Peace, which took place in Rome, saw the participation of many soccer legends. Players from all over the world and from different religions did not want to miss the chance to play this unique event, which had many special moments. 
 
-Pope Francis, which one is Heaven's team?
-I don't know.
 
The emotion from meeting the Pope before the game was an energy boost for the players. Many of them couldn't contain their excitement. 
 
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Church Leaders Condemn Acts of Evil in Middle East

The on-going persecution and killing of thousands of Christians in the Middle East, horrific and barbaric acts including beheadings - most recently that of an American journalist videoed live by the terrorist extremist Islamic state army- does not have its roots in religion.

It is an ideology; an evil ideology and church leaders have clearly and forcefully condemned the actions of the extremists.

"This evil and horrendous action taking place in the Middle East is not in the name of religion," the Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of Sydney, Bishop Peter A. Comensoli said.

"It is an ideology and the actions of these people are evil.

"We must find the ways to confront their actions, to speak the truth, not falsehoods or lies, and challenge those who attempt to turn religion into ideology.

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Papal Envoy shares what he saw in Iraq, with Pope Francis

Cardinal Fernando Filoni personally saw what minorities are facing under the persecution of the Islamic State. Now back in Rome, the Pope's personal envoy shared what he saw and what can be done to help. 
 
CARDINAL FERNANDO FILONI
Papal Envoy to Iraq
"They told me what they felt in their hearts and I shared those accounts with Pope Francis. I was able to see what they saw, from the challenges to the suffering.” 
 
As the Pope's personal envoy to Iraq, Filoni says the Pope didn't want his visit to be a diplomatic mission, but rather a humanitarian and spiritual one. 
 
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Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to openly condemn attacks against minorities in Iraq

The Vatican is calling on Muslims leaders to condemn the violence andpersecution of minorities in Iraq, including Christians, Yezidis and other ethnic minorities. 
 
Through a written statement, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-religiuos Dialogue calls on all religious leaders, especially Muslims to directly condemn the attacks and take a stance against jihadists and their 'unspeakable criminal acts.' Failing to do so, reads the statement, would undermine the credibility of religion, their followers and their leaders. 
 
The statement highlights that 'no cause and no religion can justify such barbarity.'  It also lists some of the crimes committed by jihadists as they try to establish an 'Islamic State.' 
 
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In Commemoration of the life of Archbishop Edward Bede Clancy from the NSW Council of Christians and Jews

It is with sadness and great reverence that the NSW Council of Christians and Jews 

acknowledges the life of NSW Archbishop Edward Bede Clancy, OAM, the “peoples’ 

Pastor”, who has passed away at the age of 90. Archbishop Ted Clancy gained great 

respect for many initiatives he brought to the Catholic community of Sydney and for his 

ability to make pragmatic decisions that have made a difference for individuals in the Church 

and in the broader community'.  

Visit here to read the commemorative statement in full.