Nigeria: Catholic Church Suspends Sign of Peace

Due to ebola: Nigeria Catholic churches in Lagos have suspended the ‘sign of peace’ where the congregations shake hands during mass. While some Anglican churches have suspended handshakes during communion due to the spread of Ebola. The Archbishop of Lagos Adewale Martins released a statement on Sunday saying that while the handshakes have been suspended,…

Tone Down The Peace

In an effort to insure a more sober ritual, the Vatican has urged bishops to clamp down on singing, moving around and other casual expressions of affection when the sign of peace is exchanged during Mass. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments led by Spanish Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, has…

Praying for Peace, Prepared for War

In light of the collapsed truce in Gaza, and Hamas’ kidnapping of an IDF soldier, Rabbi Eckstein recalls Psalm 120 when he looks at the reality of an enemy committed to war, even while Israel longs and prays for peace: While the collapse of yet another ceasefire agreement is a bitter blow to war-weary Israel,…

Pope’s Doves Mauled

Viciously by a gull and a crow. This must be some sort of a sign. The two doves were set upon straight after being released by children standing next to Pope Francis at the Vatican. Two white doves released by children as a peace gesture from a window of the Apostolic Palace, the Pope’s official residence…

There’s No Appeasing These People…

Abbas: Will Not Recognize Israel as Jewish State; Palestine Capital Must Be E. Jerusalem for Peace: Mahmoud Abbas said in a speech to supporters this past weekend that he will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state and he will not sign a peace deal that does not include eastern Jerusalem as the capital of…