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''Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'' (Mt 25:40) At Sunday's Angelus, September 6, Pope Francis invited every parish, religious house and monastery in Europe...
Really? Is the recent death of a popular lion in Africa a much greater news story than the violent persecution of millions of Christians in recent years? After all, the lion is a species ranked most...
Catholic annulments look to many to be a simple Catholic divorce. Divorce says that the reality of marriage was there in the beginning and that now the reality is broken. “Annulment” means a ruling...
Francis states in his preface, on September 8, 2015, to the Latin-rite decree that he is partly making the changes to the annulment process on the suggestion of the bishops at the 2014 synod, who he...
In his homily for Monday, September 7, Mass at St. Martha’s House, concelebrated with the Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, Francis spoke again about the Armenian massacre which took place a...
Pope Francis made an extraordinary appeal on Sunday, September 6, asking every parish and Catholic community across Europe to house one of the tens of thousands of refugee families crossing the...
Since the publication of the photo of Aylan Kurdi, the dead Syrian refugee toddler found on the beach in Turkey, the world has directed its attention to the refugee crisis in Europe. What has been...
In a virtual audience aired on US television network ABC on September 4, Pope Francis explained the spirit in which he is preparing for his Apostolic Visit to America from 22 to 27 September. The...
The time has come for His Holiness Pope Francis to hold an extraordinary emergency meeting in the Vatican with invitees from all the Middle East heads of Christian communities–church a and laity–...
The death of a child from a sinking boat off the Turkish coast has moved the whole world, but lest we forget, thousands more have already died in Syria’s war. The refugee problem must be addressed...
Reuven Rivlin was received in an audience in the Vatican today, during which, Francis said “the challenge is to unite”. The two also discussed the role of religious leaders and the problem faced by...
"Dear passengers, our plane has touched down in Amman, you are safe." That's what happened a year ago when a Royal Jordanian airliner landed at Amman International Airport, carrying the first batch...
With the sun rising on Wednesday, August 27, 2015, marking the birth of a new day, the abouna.org site celebrates its 12th anniversary--with this site taking a prominent place among numerous...
The Holy See has issued a communiqué acknowledging that it is not entitled to oppose the tabling of a draft resolution by a Member State but pointing out “the long established praxis and tradition...
We are a happy family. We live in a small tent. We came from Syria to Jordan seeking safety and a happy life. We thank the Lord all the time for what He has offered us. We watch television programs...
Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh describes his experience in Aleppo at the Rimini Meeting in Italy. Small daily gestures that can change a person and the world. If there is one image that captures the essence of...
The monastery of Mar Elian, destroyed by ISIS, was a beacon of inter-faith cooperation. When I first moved to Dayr Mar Elian in the summer of 2001 I was slightly disconcerted when the Qurwani, as the...
From pastoral care in prisons to the courtroom: this is the story of Sister Teresia Joyce, who combines two vocations: consecrated life and legal defence. In ten years of service she has helped 350...
Over the past two years, countless stories of church demolitions and cross removals have come out of China. Estimates vary, but the total figure of churches affected is believed to be somewhere...
On August 25, Christians celebrate the “Day of Remembrance”, in commemoration of the ethnic cleansing that was carried out by Hindu extremists in Orissa in 2008. And they express their gratitude to...