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 Pope: Today's migration crisis is the greatest tragedy since WW2
Pope: Today's migration crisis is the greatest tragedy since WW2

Pope Francis has called for an ongoing commitment to welcome and integrate migrants and refugees and described the current migration crisis as the world's greatest tragedy after the Second World War. Speaking during Wednesday's General Audience in St Peter's Square, which was attended by members of the Migrantes Foundation, an arm of the Italian Bishops' Conference which

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Columbans report on devastating floods in Peru
Columbans report on devastating floods in Peru

"The floods in Peru are flash floods. With the lashing downpours we have seen in recent weeks, dry river beds have become torrential rivers of water mixed with soil and rocks and whatever else they bring with it. Three of the Dioceses in which we work have been affected: Carabayllo, Chosica and Chimbote. Fr Kevin McDonagh in Samanco, Chimbote, is cut off from the

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US Bishops: Living as a people of God in unsettled times
US Bishops: Living as a people of God in unsettled times

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops Administrative Committee has issued a pastoral reflection today in solidarity with those who have been forced to flee their homes due to violence, conflict or fear in their native lands. In the statement, the bishops encourage each of us to do what we can to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States...

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Malta: Catholics offer support to Anglican Cathedral
Malta: Catholics offer support to Anglican Cathedral

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Gozo, Bishop Mario Grech, in a gesture urging for more unity between Catholics and Anglicans , announced earlier this month that all collections from one Sunday's Masses in Gozo would be donated to the St Paul's Anglican Cathedral's Restoration Appeal - 'Save Valletta's Skyline'. Towering 200 feet over the seaward

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Egypt: Tour operators plan 'Way of the Holy Family'
Egypt: Tour operators plan 'Way of the Holy Family'

News that Pope Francis is visiting Egypt next month is encouraging tour operators to promote the country as a destination for Christian pilgrims. Two years ago, a pilgrimage route: the 'Way of the Holy Family' was identified, following in the footsteps of Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus on their journey back to Palestine from Egypt. This starts from the town of Al-Arish -

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China: Two-child policy has not ended forced abortions
China: Two-child policy has not ended forced abortions

You may have heard reports that China has moved to a two-child policy for all couples, "abandoning its decades-long one-child policy." Characterizing this latest modification as "abandoning" the One-Child Policy is misleading. A two-child policy has not ended any of the human rights abuses caused by the One Child Policy, including forced abortion, involuntary

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US Bishops fear Trump healthcare plan will hurt poor and vulnerable
US Bishops fear Trump healthcare plan will hurt poor and vulnerable

In a letter sent to the US House of Representatives, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida notes that, while the recently introduced American Health Care Act (AHCA) commendably contains key provisions in defense of life, the proposed legislation also creates "grave challenges for poor and vulnerable people that must be addressed" by Congress before passage.

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Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive death penalty
Philippine Jesuits join bishops in opposing efforts to revive death penalty

The Philippine Jesuits have joined the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in condemning efforts to revive the death penalty. "The Philippine Jesuits stand behind our bishops in condemning the wanton disregard for life that capital punishment represents, something made even more repulsive in a context where rampant killing has been taking place with apparent

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Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery
Kenya: Parish caretaker killed in robbery

The guardian of Nyalenda parish, a slum in the city of Kisumu, in the center-west of Kenya, on Lake Victoria, was killed in a robbery in the night between 18 and 19 March. George Omondi, 47, father of five, was shot several times in the head and neck by bandits who were trying to enter Fr George Kraakman's house, a Dutch Mill Hill missionary. Fr George woke up due to the noise, and f

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West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections
West Bank: Seats reserved for Christians in local elections

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) has confirmed the number of seats reserved for each city to Christian candidates with a presidential decree, ahead of the municipal elections scheduled for 13 May. According to the decree, dated 15 March, eight seats out of 15 will be reserved to Christian candidates in the municipal councils in Ramallah and Bethlehem, and

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 Pope: Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ
Pope: Lent is an opportunity to draw near to Christ

In his Angelus address with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the day's Gospel about the meeting of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well. "Perhaps we have not yet encountered Jesus personally. Perhaps we have not recognised Him as our Saviour." Because of the great respect Jesus shows the woman - and despite her being a Samaritan,

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Calais: Things have never been so tough
Calais: Things have never been so tough

News from those working in Calais is that things have never been so tough. The French 'welcome centres' distributed across the country may have provided a solution for some people, but for those where it didn't, conditions are worse than the Jungle ever was. There are hundreds of refugees, mostly minors, sleeping rough on the streets of Calais and Paris with no access to

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Pope to visit Egypt
Pope to visit Egypt

Pope Francis will travel to Egypt at the end of next month. Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said in a statement today (Saturday 18 March); "In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip

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Mali: No news of kidnapped nun
Mali: No news of kidnapped nun

A Colombian missionary nun, kidnapped in Mali more than six weeks ago is still missing. Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, was abducted by a group of armed men by armed men who broke into the church in Sikasso in southern Mali where she was working in the morning on 9 February. No groups have claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.

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US  Christian leaders urge administration not to cut overseas aid
US Christian leaders urge administration not to cut overseas aid

106 US Christian leaders wrote to the government on Thursday, supporting America's International Affairs Budget - "that every day brings hope to poor, hungry, vulnerable and displaced men, women and children around the world", and urging the government not to cut it in the future. Signatories include: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, Bishop Gregory J Mansour, Chairman of

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Pope Francis: Three characteristics of a good confessor
Pope Francis: Three characteristics of a good confessor

Pope Francis met today (Friday) with participants at an annual course on the internal forum, organised by the Apostolic Penitentiary. In his words to the group, the Pope spoke about the formation of good confessors, focusing on three characteristics which should guide their work. Firstly, Pope Francis said, a good confessor is a true friend of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and a person dedicated to prayer. A Ministry of Reconciliation

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Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service
Pope to lead '24 Hours for the Lord' Penitential Service

Pope Francis will preside over a penitential service at the Vatican on Friday, in anticipation of the '24 Hours for the Lord' initiative. The service will take place on Friday 17 March, one week before all churches around the world are asked to offer the sacrament of Reconciliation, a request made by the Pontifical Council for the Promoting of the New Evangelization. The theme of the initiative this year comes from the Gospel according to Saint Matthew: 'I desire Mercy'

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Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal
Caritas on 'bitter 1st anniversary' of EU-Turkey deal

Caritas Europa says the organisation finds it shameful that last year's EU-Turkey deal has left thousands of people stranded in inhumane and degrading conditions in Greece, inevitably resulting in others taking more dangerous routes to seek protection in the EU. "The EU cannot continue externalising the management of migration. Focusing on internal security and deterrence is not the solution. We need a paradigm shift and must stop criminalising migration.

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Argentina: Priest transferred after receiving death threats from drug dealers
Argentina: Priest transferred after receiving death threats from drug dealers

A priest who worked with young people, helping them to overcome drug addiction, has been moved from his parish after receiving repeated death threats. In a letter, the Bishop of the diocese of Merlo-Moreno, His Exc Mgr Fernando Carlos Maletti, announced that Fr Eduardo Farrell will be transferred from Sagrado Corazon parish elsewhere, for his own safety. The Bishop said the illicit drug trade in the neighbourhoods is increasing more and more among the young.

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Pope: closing firms without protecting workers is a grave sin
Pope: closing firms without protecting workers is a grave sin

Pope Francis said on Wednesday that it is a "very grave sin" to fire employees "as a result of economic operations and unclear negotiations." Speaking at the end of his General Audience which was attended by a group of employees from the TV network Sky Italia, who could be facing redundancy as the company undergoes change and downsizing, Pope Francis expressed his hope for a rapid solution that "takes into account the respect for the rights of all, especially for families."

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'EU headscarf ruling media storm is much ado about nothing'
'EU headscarf ruling media storm is much ado about nothing'

Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, commented on the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling on religious symbols today. She said: "Much has been made, in the last 24 hours, of the Court of Justice of the European Union's ruling in the G4S Secure Solutions case. The case sought a preliminary ruling on the question of whether a blanket ban on the wearing of religious symbols by a private employer would amount to direct

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Syria: Pope's donation brings hope to young families
Syria: Pope's donation brings hope to young families

Franciscan Fr Ibrahim Alsabagh, pastor of the Latin rite St Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Aleppo, says a recent donation from Pope Francis and the Roman Curia of €100,000 will go to couples and young families in need. "When I heard about the Pope's donation I immediately thought about the hundreds of couples and young families who have decided to get married despite the crisis in Syria," Fr Ibrahim told the Italian Catholic radio station, InBlu.

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Booking now: Romero Centenary Pilgrimage to El Salvador
Booking now: Romero Centenary Pilgrimage to El Salvador

The Archbishop Romero Trust has organized a third pilgrimage to El Salvador to coincide with the Centenary of Blessed Oscar Romero's birth which is being celebrated throughout 2017. It will take place from 13-25 November 2017 and bookings are now open. Over eleven days the pilgrimage will give the opportunity to visit the "holy places" associated with Blessed Oscar Romero and the martyrs of El Salvador and to meet with people who lived through the troubled times

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Friends of the Holy Land urged 'to engage in hope-filled action'
Friends of the Holy Land urged 'to engage in hope-filled action'

More than 60 Anglican and Roman Catholic representatives gathered at Lambeth Palace last week for FHL's second national Diocesan Coordinators conference. With 25 Catholic and Anglican dioceses represented, it reflected FHL's ecumenical and apolitical credentials. Dean Hosam Naoum of St Georges Cathedral in Jerusalem urged those attending to engage in "hope filled action" by working together through FHL to support vulnerable Christians living in

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CAFOD joins  DEC crisis appeal as famine threatens East Africa
CAFOD joins DEC crisis appeal as famine threatens East Africa

Millions of families across East Africa are on the brink of starvation because drought and civil war have hit food supplies. The UN is warning that the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. With life-saving assistance urgently needed, CAFOD has joined forces with Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to tackle the threat of famine. The spotlight was thrown on the growing crisis last month when the UN officially declared

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