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By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: Marking the advent of the month of Ramadan and the upcoming celebration of ‘Id Al-Fitr, the...More
By Dale Gavlak/ Catholic News Service
: In the aftermath of Iraq's elections, Christians want to see a government formed that is free from the sectarianism that has torn apart the country, and they want Iran's influence to diminish. Both issues have played a huge role in politics since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Fr. Emanuel Youkhana, a priest, or archimandrite, of the Assyrian Church...More
By Andrea Tornielli/ lastampa.it
: Pope Bergoglio’s interview shows an approach in tune with that of his predecessor, an indispensable gaze for understanding the Holy See’s approach from China to Cuba. In a dialogue with the director of the Echo of Bergamo, Pope Francis said that at global level he was concerned about “the imbalances that are always tied to reckless exploitation:...More
By Francis Njuguna/ Catholic News Service
: An Italian Consolata sister murdered in Somalia in 2006 will be beatified in Piacenza, Italy, May 26. Sister Leonella Sgorbati and her bodyguard were gunned down as they left the children’s hospital where she worked in Mogadishu. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, will be the main celebrant at the beatification...More
By Cindy Wooden/ Catholic News Service
: As the Catholic Church celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a French bishop announced the 70th officially recognized miraculous cure of a pilgrim to the Lourdes grotto where Mary appeared 160 years ago. Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonnin of Beauvais formally declared February 11 “the prodigious, miraculous character” of the healing of Sister...More
By Doreen Abi Raad/ncregister.com
: Blessing himself as he settles in the driver’s seat of his small car, which serves as a makeshift office, Father Majdi Allawi sets out to visit and serve at several initiatives of Bonheur du Ciel, the charity he founded. Each day, he covers a different area of Lebanon. It’s 7:00am. “I pray the Rosary so Mary holds my hand,” he says of his one-...More

World

Pope Francis receives invitation to visit Bulgaria

By Deborah Lubov/ zenit.org
: Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov met Pope Francis in the Vatican on, May 25, 2018, and invited the Holy Father to visit the nation. According to the press pool which gave details of the encounter to journalists in the Holy See Press Office, the Prime Minister made the invitation. According to Novinite.com (Sofia News Agency), Bulgaria’s largest English-language news provider, the Holy Father seemed receptive to visit Bulgaria, Romania and another Balkan country. In his Facebook profile after his audience with the Pope, the prime minister also confirmed the invitation. During the encounter, there was the usual exchange of gifts. At the end of the audience, the prime minister presented the Bulgarian delegation. Afterward, the Macedonian delegation went to see the Pope. Prime...

Arab World

Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, a prophet to serve Iraq

Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner/ la-croix.com
: Several times during the past few years, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako’s name has been circulated as one of those who may be selected to become cardinal. Then on May 20, Pope Francis finally named Sako, the Baghdad-based Chaldean patriarch of Babylon, to the College of Cardinals, which will be responsible for electing his successor. The 69-year-old Iraqi is one of the most prominent Eastern patriarchs. He is a tireless advocate of dialogue, justice and citizenship in a country that has been at war for more than 15 years, devastated by the invasion of the United States and then by ISIS in the summer of 2014 — a country that is still eroded by ethnic and religious divisions. On May 20, the day the Pope announced a new consistory, Sako published--in his capacity as the leader of the most...

Holy Land

Jordan marks 72nd independence anniversary

The Jordan Times
: His Majesty King Abdullah on Thursday, May 25, attended the official national celebration marking Jordan’s 72nd Independence Day with Her Majesty Queen Rania and HRH Crown Prince Hussein, a Royal Court statement said. The country won its full independence on May 25, 1946, following the end of the British mandate. The national anthem was played upon the King’s arrival at Al Husseiniya Palace, where the ceremony was held, and the artillery fired a 21-gun salute, while His Majesty reviewed guards of honour who queued to salute him. During the celebration, which was attended by several Royal family members and senior civil and military officials, Prime Minister Hani Mulki, Senate President Faisal Fayez, Lower House Speaker Atef Tarawneh and Judicial Council President Mohammad Ghazo,...