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Pope Francis Auctions Off Custom-made Lamborghini To Raise Money For Iraqi Christians 

Pope Francis Auctions Off Custom-made Lamborghini To Raise Money For Iraqi Christians 

Pope Francis has auctioned off his custom made Lamborghini, raising nearly $1million for charity at an auction in Monaco on Saturday.

Painted in the Vatican City flag colours of white and gold, the pope signed and blessed the supercar which was gifted to him last November.

Complete with 5.2-litre V10 engine that can power the car to achieve 0-62mph in 3.4 seconds, the car can reach a top speed of 198mph. But with the speed limit restricted to 9mph inside the Vatican, the pontiff was unlikely to get much use from it.

The one-off Huracan model was sold for more than four times its original value of £200,000 and most of the proceeds will be used to help Iraqi Christians who were besieged by ISIS on the Nineveh Plain.

Of the eye-watering final sale price of €715,000 (£630,000), £415,000 will go to help rebuild the city of Nineveh and the remainder will be split between three Catholic groups — the Pope John XXIII Community, which helps victims of human trafficking, and two Italian associations that provide aid for women and children in Africa.

Augustin Sabatié-Garat, auction manager at RM Sotheby’s Europe, who hosted the auction, said: ‘We are honoured to have hosted such a hotly contested bidding war for this unique Lamborghini Huracan.

‘We give thanks to His Holiness Pope Francis for donating the sale fee to charity, and for Automobili Lamborghini for gifting the car, as we are pleased to have played a part in sourcing money for good causes.

‘The fact that this car sold for nearly three times’ worth its estimate, and much higher than the model’s standard retail price, is telling of how much interest it attracted.’

Start Giving Today! Through MISSIO, You Can Donate To Poor Countries In Need Of Clean Water 

Start Giving Today! Through MISSIO, You Can Donate To Poor Countries In Need Of Clean Water 

Access to clean and safe drinking water is one of the most urgent needs for nearly 1/3 of the world’s population. Every single day, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feaces and other pollutants, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio.

Our Lord told a parable in the Gospel of Luke about the Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus. The rich man lived his life in luxury, wearing fine purple linens and eating abundantly, while at his gate there was a poor man who ate scraps while dogs licked his sores. When both men died, the angels carried the poor Lazarus to the side of the Patriarch Abraham where he was finally in sweet comfort. The rich man, however, was sent to fiery torment where he pleaded “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire!”

But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.”

The rich man who ignored the thirsty beggar now called out for just a drop of cooling water, but could not receive it because he did not in his life do the same for the poor.

Right now, in this world, there are nearly two billion people calling out to YOU for just a drop of clean, cooling water… how will you respond?

In developed countries, far removed from this devastating scenario, it can be hard to imagine and put into perspective how dire this situation is. We just marked World Water Day during this Lent, why not skip the Latte and give the gift of water. And you can do that with MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies that allows you to donate directly to those in the most need.

MISSIO allows you to search through vital charity projects like these for water, donate directly to them, and share them on social media so others can support the projects also.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “front lines” making a difference for the poor and marginalized through direct, daily service.

Some example of the types of projects you can support on MISSIO are a number of projects that will provide access to clean and safe drinking water in the poorest of nations.

There are opportunities to provide clean drinking water to build a water purification system in Vietnam, drill water wells in Tanzania, help a priest in Kenya purchase water tanks for his parish, or help a priest construct a solar powered water pump in Burkina Faso. With MISSIO you can give directly to the people running projects to bring clean water to those in urgent need!

MISSIO is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe.

Check out MISSIO today and start giving!

Muslim Woman Attends Church Service… Donates Dozens Of Beverages To Christian Widows In Solidarity With Lent

Muslim Woman Attends Church Service… Donates Dozens Of Beverages To Christian Widows In Solidarity With Lent

A Muslim woman, attended a church service in southern Kaduna, Northern Nigeria last Sunday with the aim of sharing some cartons of Tea-break Items to the church widows and orphans, in other to encourage them, while calling on them to pray for peace and stability of the country. This is In solidarity with the 40 days fasting and prayers which is embacked by Christians world –wide.

Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani who is a peace builder and interfaith promoter in Nigeria west Africa, says she came to the church with some package of Tea break Items which include Cartons of Three crown and liptons Yellow Lebel Tea, to share for the widows and orphans, to strengthening them and support them in the daily fasting and prayers.

She pointed out that, last year during the 6 weeks Lenten period, she bailed out 10 Christian youths in kaduna convict prison, so as to enable them go back home and do their fasting at home with friends, family, and other relatives, with joy and happiness like every other Christian around the world, and according to her this is a method of promoting peace building, inter-religious Tolerance and better understanding among different faith based organization in Nigeria.

Ramatu added that supporting the widows and orphans with beverages and other Gifts will give them more strength in devoting their total time in praying to Almighty God for the peace and unity of the country, because the purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial.

Gift-giving is one of the good manners that maintains and strengthens relations between the giver and the recipient, and The importance of fasting cannot be over emphasized. 

She said that, Muslims around the world cannot forget how Pastor Yohanna Buru do always help Muslim Destitutes & the prison inmates with Food to eat during the 30 Days of the holy month of Ramadan, Bailing large number of Muslim youth prisoners out for the sake of Ramadan.

Ramatu said: “we are worshipping One God Allah, and both muslims and Christians are from one Family (brothers and sisters), and both have their holy Books which are Bibles and Qur’an, both believes in paradise and hell, therefore, we are all one family under One God. Christians are my brothers and sisters and as a Muslim, I love visiting them, because both religions preach peace, tolerance and Harmony. Attending the church service doesn’t make me become a Christian. As a Muslim I have several Bibles at home and I read them to enable me know how to relate with my brothers and sisters that are Christians.”

She says, the impact of the previous ethno-religious and political crises in the state that claimed hundreds of lives and properties was a serious setback to peaceful co-existence in Kaduna and northern Nigeria at large, hence the need for clerics from both religions to preach sermons that foster unity and peaceful co-existence.

She further indicated that, she is also going to distribute the same gift to some Christian inmates in kaduna, and some parts of Northern Nigeria, so as to enable them devote their total time, in praying for peace and stability of the country.

She then called for the creation of institutes of comparative studies in the country, saying the institutes would promote better understanding, religious tolerance, forgiveness, reduce blasphemy tendencies and continuously preach peace and harmony between Muslims and Christians.

Additionally, She noted that there were more than 6,000 religions in the world, most of which were different from the literate Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) that many people think of when they hear the word “religion.” “In order to make statements or generalisations about religion, the concept of religion, rather than a specific religion or group of religions, we need to engage in comparative study of religions so as to reduce ethno-religious attacks and blasphemy,” she added.

We need to change from Theoretical approach of peace to practical peace, we need more conference on interfaith in Nigeria and Africa”.

She concluded by saying,

‘Some Nigerian Muslims have stood in solidarity with Christians on social media Platforms by Twitting and posting on Facebook, Instagram, YOUTUBE, LinkedIn, Google+, Vimeo, Live-Streaming, Microblogging, Periscope, Blogging on what they will give-up until the completion of the 40 days fasting, as a sign of total solidarity with Christians round the world which is aimed at boosting mutual respect, love, forgiveness, and encouraging peaceful co-existence in all African countries”.

According to the Muslims on social media #NigerianMuslims4Lent. This is just to let Christians know that Muslims are their best friends and brothers.

Receiving the Gifts, the General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, Pastor Yohanna Buru, thanked Hajiya Tijjani for the gesture and urged other Nigerians to learn how to tolerate, accommodate and live in peace with one another irrespective of religious background.

Pastor Buru also called on all citizens to shun all issues that lead to ethno-religious and political crisis.

According to him, the church cannot forget the donation of 50 copies of Bible it received from a group of Muslim women in February 2016 during the international Inter-faith week; saying, this is geared towards promoting religious tolerance.

Buru said: ‘the same woman donated dozens of chairs to the church and other utensils which are used for cleaning the environment of the church, with the aims of promoting peace and Tolerance among Muslims and Christians. The Muslims are our brothers and neighbors not enemies; we must join hands together to live in peace, and harmony because we all have Holy books (Qur’an and Bible) that teach us love and peace.”

He stressed that it is time all preachers redoubled their efforts in teaching their followers the right ways and obey the teaching of the holy books so as to end the activities of extremists and terrorists hiding under religion.

Adding also that every year, hundreds of Muslims join Christians in breaking the fast of lent in his house with other Christians and other traditional believers, according to him, the aim is just to promote religious tolerance and better understanding.

Also responding, Reverend Titus Asiyaku said: ‘It was surprising seeing a Muslim woman “performing miracle” through peace mission,’ while encouraging on every Nigerian to also find means of forgiving one another, in order to live in peace and harmony.

​Pope Francis Proposes These 15 Simple Acts of Charity As Concrete Manifestations of Love:

​Pope Francis Proposes These 15 Simple Acts of Charity As Concrete Manifestations of Love:

 1. SMILE. A Christian is always cheerful

 2. Say THANK YOU for little things (even if you don’t have to).

 3. Remind others how much you LOVE them.

 4. GREET with joy the persons you see every day.

 5. LISTEN to other people’s stories without prejudice, and with love.

6. STOP to help. Pay attention to whoever needs you. 

7. Try to RAISE the spirits of people around you.

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