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UK’s Supreme Court Makes Unprecedented Advances to Legalize Assisted Suicide

By Robert Clarke of Alliance Defending Freedom The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court handed down a landmark decision at the end of June concerning assisted suicide. In R (Nicklinson & Anor) v. Ministry of Justice; R (AM) v. DPP, the court ruled that Britain’s law, which criminalizes assisted suicide, should not …

Vatican releases schedule for Pope’s trip to Albania

Vatican City, Jul 31, 2014 / 07:46 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will make a one-day trip to Albania in September, during which he is slated to meet with local authorities, priests and religious as well as children from charitable institutions.

Taking place Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, the Pope’s visit was announced earlier this summer, and marks the second time a Roman Pontiff will visit the country, the first being Pope Saint John Paul II in 1993.

Upon his arrival to the Albanian capital of Tirana’s international “Mother Teresa” airport, Pope Francis will be greeted by the country’s Prime Minister Edi Rama.

After the initial welcome ceremony and greeting, the pontiff will travel to the presidential palace where he will pay a courtesy visit to Albania’s president, Bujar Nishani. He will then met with and give an address to representatives of the local civil authorities.

The Bishop of Rome will then offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Mother Teresa Square, which will be followed by the recitation of the traditional Angelus prayer. Pope Francis will then meet the bishops of Albania for lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Following the morning’s events, Pope Francis will meet with leaders of other religions and other Christian denominations in the afternoon at the Catholic university “Our Lady of Good Council.”

He will then celebrate vespers that evening in the Cathedral of St. Paul with priests, religious brothers and sisters, seminarians and members of different lay movements from the diocese.

Afterward the Roman Pontiff will meet with children from the “Centro Betania,” or “Bethany Center,” and representatives from other charitable institutions as a final event to his busy day.

The Pope will then participate in a farewell ceremony before departing Tirana’s international “Mother Teresa” airport and returning to Rome.

Please see below for the Pope’s full schedule:

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

7:30a.m. Depart by plane from Rome’s Fiumicino airport for Tirana

9:00a.m. Arrive at the International “Mother Theresa” airport of Tirana; official welcome by Prime Minister Edi Rama

9:30a.m. Welcome ceremony in the square of the presidential palace and courtesy visit to the president of the republic in the Green Room of the presidential palace

10:00a.m. Encounter with civil authorities in the reception room of the presidential palace

11:00a.m. Holy Mass in Mother Theresa Square, where the Pope will give a homily and pray the traditional Angelus prayer

1:30p.m. Encounter and lunch with Albanian bishops and with the papal entourage at the Apostolic Nunciature

4:00p.m. Encounter with leaders of other faiths and Christian denominations in the Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Council”

5:00p.m. Celebration of Vespers with priests, religious, seminarians and lay movements in the Tirana cathedral

6:30p.m. Encounter with children from the Bethany Center and representatives from other charitable institutions of Albania

7:45p.m. Farewell ceremony at Tirana’s International “Mother Theresa” airport

8:00p.m. Departure from Tirana by plane to Rome’s Ciampino airport

9:30p.m. Arrive to Rome’s Ciampino airport

 

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Peo…

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Vatican publishes the Pope’s schedule for his visit to Albania (Video)

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Christians a fundamental part of Iraq, ambassador observes

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Daily Homily: The Priests and Prophets Laid Hold of Jeremiah


Jeremiah 26:1-9 Psalm 69:5,8-10,14 Matthew 13:54-58
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