JPIC

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JPIC - Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission

«Laudato si’, mi’ Signore». Saint Francis of Assisi sang these words: «May you be praised, my Lord.» In this beautiful canticle we remember that our common house is also a sister, with whom we share our existence, and she is also like a beautiful mother who welcomes us in her embrace: «May you be blessed, my Lord, for our sister mother Earth, which nourishes us and governs us, by producing different fruits with colourful flowers and grass.»
This sister is protesting for all the evil that we are provoking to harm her, because of our irresponsible and abusive use of the good things that God has given us in her. We have grown thinking that we were here proprietors and lords, and that we were authorised to ruin her. The violence present in the human heart wounded by sin is also manifested in the symptoms of illness that we notice in the ground, in the water, in the air and in all living creatures. For this reason, among the most abandoned and downtrodden poor, there is also our oppressed and devastated earth, which «suffers and groans in the pains of childbirth» (Rm 8:22). We forget that we ourselves are made of earth (cfr Gen 2:7). Our own body is made up of the elements of our planet, and its air is that which makes us breathe and its water gives us life and restores us [...].

From the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home

As a response to the wishes of the Pope, the Discretorium of the Holy Land, meeting in Jerusalem on 16 March 2017, has established the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

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24/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers 16.00 Procession 23.30 Office - 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto

25/12/2017 CELEBRATIONS

Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage

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Feast St. Stephen, Protomartyr. St. Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage

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Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem: 10.00 Entrance (Vicar)

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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph. Nazareth: 10.00 Mass (Custos)

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