The state of Israel was created in 1948 as a homeland for Jews. It has fought 5 wars since against Arab forces.  Its population is drawn from 100 countries, making Israeli society rich in cultural diversity and artistic creativity.  Israel has several dance companies, theater groups, active artist colonies, chamber orchestras and 120 museums.

Joyful Mysteries:  Intentions for Israel

1.  That the Chosen People may come to live in peace with their neighbors

2.  That the Jewish people whom God bound to himself in a holy Covenant, may be faithful to the one God

3.  That the defense forces may succeed in keeping the peace

4.  That refugees and minorities be treated with dignity

5.  That political dialogue be conducted with civility and charity

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Extravagant displays of devotion to Mary gets curtailed as world culture emphasizes the rational, scientific and technological aspects of life. There seems to be no more time for the more affective expressions of religion.

  Then, after a while, people get fed up with the absolutely rational and logical culture, and rediscover religion and the affective part of the human soul and its needs.

  And Mary is one of those.

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Love and support for Pope Francis
The Church is certainly a human and historical institution with all that entails, yet her nature is not essentially political but spiritual: the Church is the People of God, Holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ. Only from this perspective can a satisfactory account be given of the Church's life and activity.

  Christ is the Church's Pastor, but his presence in history passes through the freedom of human beings; from their midst one is chosen to serve as his Vicar, the successor of the Apostle Peter.

  Yet Christ remains the center, not the Sucessor of Peter: Christ, Christ is the centre.

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A Million Roses for the World
A gift of love, faith and goodwill from the people of the Philippines. Pope Pius IX once said: “Give me an army praying a million rosaries a day and we will conquer the world.” We are not out to conquer the world…but to save it for God to whom it rightly belongs.

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