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Maithripala Sirisena could be set to introduce a new political season of national reconciliation. It will be Sri Lanka’s new president, the 63-year old Maithripala Sirisena, who will welcome Pope...
Here are the latest statistics relating to the composition of the College of Cardinals following the recent nominations: Of the 125 cardinals who have the right to vote in a future Conclave, 57 are...
An estimated 5,000 Yazidi women are being held as slaves by militants from the self-declared Islamic State, Pope Francis was told when he met a top-level delegation of Yazidi leaders at the Vatican...
Deep wounds have barely begun healing. Only a few years have passed since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended in May 2009. It is estimated that more than 100,000 people died in the conflict, most of them in...
Pope Francis has decried the deadly attack on a Paris-based journalistic outlet on Wednesday morning, January 7, expressing his “firm condemnation” of “the horrible attack” that saw a dozen people...
The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue issued the following declaration on Thursday, January 8, on 'Charlie Hebdo' attack: “As we reach the end of the meeting in Rome of the four Imams...
The number of persecuted Christians in the world has topped 100 million, according to a new report that says even non-violent persecution of Christians has increased, amid continuing violence. “Even...
Bishop Joseph Ponniah is Bishop of Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka and he says local Catholics are “thrilled” about Pope Francis’ 3-day visit to the island from January 13-15. At the same time, he...
The meeting - scheduled some time ago - between French cardinal Tauran and the French Muslim spiritual leaders took place in the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo: “May the media offer information...
Pope Francis thanked all mothers for their precious role in society and for what they give to the Church and to the world. Speaking on Wednesday morning, January 7, at the General Audience, Pope...
In light of the horrific attack on Charlie Hebdo many are quoting Benedict XVI’s lecture against violence committed in the name of the faith. But they forget that the speech was a critique of modern...
“Murderous violence can never be justified, the life and dignity of all must be guaranteed and protected with determination, any instigation of hatred must be rejected and respect for others must be...
Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Tuesday, January 6, in St. Peter’s Basilica, to mark the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. In his homily, Pope Francis focused on the three Wise Men of whose...
The Christian community of Gaza is again the focal point of this year’s visit to the Holy Land by Bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa in support of the local Christian...
At the Angelus on Sunday, January 4, Pope Francis announced the names of 15 archbishops and bishops whom he will raise to the dignity of the Cardinalate on February 14, 2015. In addition, the Holy...
Masked gunmen in central Libya kidnapped 13 Coptic Christians on Saturday,January 3, after seven were abducted days earlier, said a witness and a priest, in a new wave of assaults against Egypt's...
For the first time in over 90 years, Turkey has permitted the construction of a new Christian church. Since the end of the Ottoman empire in 1923, only renovations of existing churches had been...
In the first Angelus of 2015, Francis warns us against the ‘law that does not free, but imposes unbearable yokes’ ‘Brotherhood among peoples and no more wars’. The Pope, quoting the tolls of the ‘...
Recent days have witnessed the destruction of Christian symbols in Europe and the United States and the disruption of a Mass. On Christmas Day, a vandal entered a parish in Douai, France, and...
On January 1 each year the Church marks the World Day of Peace, a tradition begun by Pope Paul VI who held the first such observance in January 1968. This year Pope Francis has chosen to focus his...