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Jewish authorities concerned about pope’s comments at general audience

During the general audience of August 11, the Pope provoked the incomprehension of certain Jewish authorities by explaining in particular that “The Law does not give life”. In a letter to the Vatican, Rabbi Ratzon Arusi, chairman of the Chief Rabbinate’s Commission for Dialogue with the Holy See, expressed his “Concerns” while, according to him, the pope’s words would imply “That the practice of the Jewish religion (…) would be made obsolete”.

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The number

200

This is the number of churches destroyed by the earthquake that hit southern Haiti on Saturday August 14. To this figure are added more than 150 damaged churches, announced the Haitian Church in a first assessment, on August 24. Two priests also lost their lives. The reconstruction effort in the country promises to be difficult, only eleven years after the earthquake of January 10, 2010, followed by Hurricane Matthew, in October 2016, which devastated the country. After the announcement, Pope Francis decided to allocate € 200,000 to Haiti, the Vatican reported on August 24.

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Vatican

Pope receives Nadia Murad, Yazidi activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner

On August 26, Pope Francis received Nadia Murad, laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. During a previous meeting, in 2018, she gave the Pope her book So that I am the last. This Yazidi activist, enslaved by the jihadists in 2014, has become a symbol for all women victims of violence and for the Yazidis, a persecuted minority in northern Iraq, where President Emmanuel Macron will visit on August 28 and 29 .

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