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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...
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 ‘...
The theme of Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of Sick being celebrated on 11 February 11, 2015 is “I was eyes to the blind and feet to the lame,” taken from the book of Job. Following is the...
Vatican Radio reports that 26 Catholic priests, religious, seminarians, and lay catechists have been killed in 2014. Most of the victims (14) died in the Americas, marking the 6th consecutive year...
When a Vatican official suggested that Pope Francis was contemplating an encyclical on the environment a year ago, he signaled that climate change and environmental degradation were such pressing...
The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ prayer intentions for January 2015. The Holy Father’s universal prayer intention for this month is: “That those from diverse religious traditions and all...
Islamic State (ISIS) militants blew up a Catholic church in the al-Arabi district of Mosul on Friday, December 26. “Members of the extremist organization (ISIS) cleared the Church of Virgin Mary of...
The Church confirms the visit, but there are still doubts, even among bishops, about President Rajapaksa’s moves. Preparations continue, and the Papal visit twill take place, despite the doubts that...
In a communique published on Monday, the Prefecture of the Papal Household reports that during the year 2014, more than 5,900,000 faithful participated in the various encounters with Pope Francis:...
The "Arena" theater in Amman was full of people who braved the rainy weather of a cold December evening to attend a concert by Majida Al-Roumi after a 14-year absence from Jordan theaters. On that...
Father Federico Lombardi SJ highlights some of the events that have made 2014 an extremely busy and significant year for Pope Francis. In a long interview with Vatican Radio, the Director of the...
Pope Francis likened the plight of Iraqi refugees to that of Jesus, in a telephone call made shortly before he celebrated midnight mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, where he called for...
The birth of Jesus – a light that shattered the world's darkness on Christmas night – witnesses to God's love for mankind amid a history marked by “violence, wars, hatred and oppression,” Pope...
During the Midnight Mass service Pope Francis said the most important thing is to let the Lord find us. The light of the Child Jesus was seen by “the unassuming”, “not ... by the arrogant, the proud...