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Pope delivers EASTER sermon in empty Basilica. Urges peace during pandemic.

https://www.prensa.com/mundo/el-papa-francisco-insta-a-una-tregua-mundial-y-a-perdonar-la-deuda-de-los-paises-pobres/ The Pope Francis urged Sunday in his Easter message to establish a “comprehensive and immediate cease-fire” to address the pandemic of the new coronavirus and urged to reduce or cancel the debt of the poorest countries. In a world “overwhelmed by the pandemic, which is putting our great human family to severe test,” …

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Indigenous of Panama: Native inhabitants fall victim to religious “Bubba Miseh”

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson- As my readers know, I am not a member of the Jewish faith, yet my granddaughter is being raised between two faiths, as her father is Jewish. That is how I first learned of the Yiddish term of Slavic origin above. “Bubba Miseh”, as I …

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Pope arrives Wednesday: Speaks of hypocrisy of Religion vs Vanity. IMO- Varela

OP ED: James “JB” Bryson Please read this article about how the Pope feels, in anticipation of his monumental visit to Panama, of how he feels there is a conflict between those that espouse the virtues of Faith, while not practicing them. Those that succumb to Vanity. I “personally” wrote …

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Venezuela and Nicaragua tumult reach all the way to Vatican for Papal plea at Christmas

In St. Peter’s Square, in the Vatican, before tens of thousands of pilgrims, dressed in a white dagger that held a cincture at waist height, Pope Francis held yesterday the message Urbi et Orbi (at the city ​​and the world), which did not let escape the difficult situation that exists …

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Panamanian Catholic Dioceses preparing for WYD and Papal Visit

Jackeline Morales, director of Days in the Dioceses of the Local Organizing Committee for the World Youth Day (WYD), explains to The Star of Panama what the Days of the Diocese are about and the significance of the symbols of WYD for the Christian meeting, which will take place from …

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Upcoming World Youth Day something to be proud of for Panama

Israel Ramos V., parish priest of the church San Antonio María Claret, from the capital town of Pueblo Nuevo, was on a formative visit to the city of Madrid (Spain) when he learned the good news: Panama would be the headquarters of World Youth Day (WYD) The voice of Christ …

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Pope affirms Church disagreement with Capital Punishment

Pope Francis has modified the teaching of the Church on the death penalty and said in a text published on Thursday that it is always “inadmissible” because it “undermines” the inherent dignity of every human being. The Vatican announced on Thursday that the pontiff approved a change in the Catechism …

Local Culture

Zulay Rodrigues- Deputy for PRD speaks on Religion and Choosing of Gender

Tuesday, at around 2:00 p.m. and with the threat of heavy rain, Zulay Rodríguez Lu arrived at the newsroom of La Estrella de Panamá, dressed in a blue miniskirt and bluish gray blazer, revealing a slender body, then of having lowered more than 20 pounds, as he confessed. He attended the …

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Church chimes in for it’s opinion on Martinelli case

Cardinal José Luis Lacunza warned that the process followed by former President Ricardo Martinelli “is an emblematic case for the justice of the country and it is necessary for justice to put on the trousers of legal age, to face something that may be decisive for the future of Justice”. …

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Panama coordinating with Mexico for Papal visit on World Youth Day

A little more than seven months before the World Youth Day (JMJ) 2019, details related to this religious event are finalized. Recently, as part of an official visit to Mexico, Vice Chancellor Luis Miguel Hincapié held meetings with the main authorities linked to security, customs and migration issues. The purpose …

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Vatican sounds off on Tax Havens for the wealthy

Tax havens and financial tools such as derivatives and credit default swaps are seriously immoral and unfair, the Vatican said Thursday, May 17, describing them as ” activated time bombs” that will especially harm the world’s poorest. The Vatican Doctrine Office collaborated with the Department of Social Justice in a …

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Pope ponders his time to say “Farewell”

Pope Francis said Tuesday May 15 that he has been thinking about when it would be time to “say goodbye” to his flock. The pontiff made this reflection during his homily this Tuesday. The Holy See did not disclose the full text. Just as Saint Paul thought at the time …

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Prayer approach to Pope and World Youth Day

The person in charge of creating the original text of the official prayer of the World Youth Day Panama 2019 was the priest Miguel Ángel Keller, of the Order of San Agustín, who had to comply with specific parameters for this task. The cult to the Virgin Maria and the hope …

Local Culture

Growing Rastafari faith emerging in Panama

In the twenties the Reverend Barbadian Charles Goodridge found in the City of Columbus, ‘The Holy Piby’ or bible of the black man, sacred text for the Rastafarian movement. The Rastafarian ideas are based, in their political plan, on the postulates of the black leader Marcus Garvey, which had an …