Catholic Priest Shot by Police Braamfontein,Joh

Fr Graham Pugin after being shot

Fr Graham Pugin after being shot

A Catholic Priest was today shot on the face by police as #fees must fall gains momentum.It is believed the Priest Fr Graham Pugin had given sanctuary to the students who who were running away from the police.

Fr Graham was standing at the gate of the church raising his hands.The police fired shots from a nyala hitting him on the face tearing his lips.Police continued to fire rubber bullet to the peaceful lay man.Fr Graham was taken to hospital for treatment.The South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has showed reacted with concern following the priest’s shooting.

Violence erupted at Wits University as police blocked students from entering the Great Hall.This follows demonstrations by university students calling for free education.

Vatican to undertake ecological initiatives during Easter season

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — During Holy Week and in the Easter season, the Vatican will take part in several initiatives highlighting the importance of ecology and the care for creation.

The Governorate of Vatican City State announced March 18 that the thousands of floral arrangements for the Easter morning Mass and the pope’s solemn blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and to the world), will be repurposed after the celebrations.

Thousands of bushes, flowering trees, tulips and other flowering bulbs, which are a gift of growers in the Netherlands, will be replanted in the Vatican gardens. The plants also will be distributed to various pontifical colleges and institutions “so that they may bloom in the coming years,” the governorate said.

Charles van der Voot, who has designed the Vatican Easter floral arrangements for the past 15 years, will arrange the flowers for the last time in 2016, the Vatican said. He will be succeeded by another Dutch florist, Paul Deckers, who has assisted van der Voot.

Heeding the pope’s call to care for the environment, the governorate also announced the inauguration of an “ecological island,” a recycling center for the separate disposal of waste and compost.

The cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica and Bernini’s famed colonnade will also go dark March 19 for one hour in an effort to promote climate change awareness.

The Vatican announced it will join countries around the world in turning off non-essential lights for “Earth Hour 2016,” an event promoted by the World Wildlife Fund International. The initiative, according to the fund’s website, is meant as “a symbol of their commitment to the planet.”

Roman catholics celebrate Palm Sunday

Catholics from Kuwadzana Parish celebrate Palm Sunday, which falls on the penultimate Sunday before Easter. The procession commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem
MonsignoR Kizito Mhembere yesterday led hundreds of Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish worshippers in a march to celebrate Palm Sunday in Harare.
The procession, led by priests, which is also known as Passion Sunday, saw worshippers march along Herbert Chitepo Avenue and Sam Nujoma Street, while waving palm branches as part of the celebration to mark the beginning of Easter. In an interview, one of the priests, Father Joseph Dandiro, said during Palm Sunday, Catholics celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

“Jesus entered Jerusalem as king and liberator of humanity. It is about the agony Jesus went through before he met his death.

“Palm Sunday, often referred to as Passion Sunday, marks the beginning of the holy week as Jesus begins his journey to the cross, which ends on Easter Sunday.

“This day is important, as you can see Christians waving palm branches the same way the crowds greeted Jesus when he entered Jerusalem by waving palm branches and covering his path with palm branches,” he said.

Father Dandiro added that the day was also meant to celebrate the life of Jesus.

“We are also celebrating his leadership because Jesus was Lord and King sent by God which many did not understand as they took him for the son of Joseph and Mary,” he said.

A girl who was part of the procession said she had no idea what the day symbolised but was merely following her mother’s instructions to attend church.

Pope has over 7million Twitter fans

POPE Francis has amassed more than 7million Twitter followers
-but he’s still a bit behind Lady Gaga and Beyonce Knowles.
The Argentinian Pope inherited the @pontifex account when he was chosen by his cardinals to succeed Benedict XVI in March.
Benedict attracted 2.5million followers after the papal Twitter account was launched in December last year.But the subsequent growth in numbers under Francis ,from 2.5million to 7million ,has been dramatic.
He has only tweeted on only 76 occasions – meaning that each tweet has,on average earned him 59000 new followers.
The Vatican has said the tweets are approved by Francis but not written by him.
He still lags stars such as Lady Gaga who has nearly 39million followers,and Beyance’s 9.5million .And he is a long way behind Barack Obama -the US preident has 33milion followers.
Francis like his predecesor,tweets in 9 languages,including English,Italian,Latin,Arabic and French.
Unlike celebrities or many ordinary people on Twitter,the pope does not give insights into his daily routine but insted sends oout snippets of religious instructions.

The Telegraph