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Jerusalem church leaders remember Armenian genocide
Jerusalem church leaders remember Armenian genocide

An ecumenical delegation of bishops and priests of the different Churches of Jerusalem visited the Armenian Patriarchate on Wednesday, to extend Easter wishes to the Patriarch and his community. Led by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, the delegation was composed of the main leaders of the Churches of Jerusalem and the priests and pastors accompanying them. Anglican, Lutheran, Ethiopian, Coptic, Syriac, Melkite, Roman Catholics and others gathered at the Armenian Patriarchate.

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 Pakistan: Christians protest against churches demolitions
Pakistan: Christians protest against churches demolitions

Pakistani Christians protested in front of the Lahore High Court on May 3, against the Punjab government's plans to takeover the land of four churches in order to build the Orange Line Metro Train project. The demonstrators demanded that the government review its plans, saying they would not give up their holy places. They waved placards, and were holding crosses, while chanting slogans such as: "we won't give an inch of our holy places", and "we want our rights."

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Pakistan sees boom in vocations to priesthood
Pakistan sees boom in vocations to priesthood

Although Christians in Pakistan are suffering frequent persecution, the 95 per cent country has seen a great increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life in recent years. Fr Inayat Bernard, Rector of the Santa Maria Minor Seminary in Lahore said the increase was "a sign of God's blessing" who is "always close to his people." Fr Bernard, who leads 26 young seminarians, said there were 23 priestly ordinations, including diocesan and religious priests, since the beginning of 2015 to date, and 15 new deacons who are preparing to be

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Yemen:  Negotiations continue for release of kidnapped priest
Yemen: Negotiations continue for release of kidnapped priest

Two months after a rebel group burst into a care home in Aden, killing four Missionaries of Charity and 12 staff, there is still no certain news as to the whereabouts of the Salesian priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who is believed to have been kidnapped during the incident. Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia told Fides news service: "The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly about ten days ago. I was told that Father Tom is alive, and that his return to freedom could be imminent. But since

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NGOs, faith groups urge Obama and Putin to save Syria's ceasefire
NGOs, faith groups urge Obama and Putin to save Syria's ceasefire

Ninety seven faith groups and NGOs from around the world, including CAFOD, Christian Aid and Pax Christi, have written a letter to Presidents Obama and Putin urging them to use all influence they have to save the ceasefire in Syria. They write: "Violence across Syria has escalated alarmingly, reportedly claiming a life on average every 25 minutes in the past 48 hours. We cannot stand by in the face of this catastrophe". Global NGOs and faith groups demand that President Obama and President Putin immediately use their

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Pope Francis prayer intentions for May: respect for women
Pope Francis prayer intentions for May: respect for women

Pope Francis' prayer intention for May is for the Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed. The Apostleship of Prayer has produced the Pope's Video on this prayer intention. The full text of the Pope's video is below.. The contribution of women in all areas of human activity is undeniable, beginning with the family. But only to recognize it...Is that enough?

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Pope to receive 6,000 homeless pilgrims
Pope to receive 6,000 homeless pilgrims

Pope Francis is to receive 6,000 homeless people from all over Europe, who will be making a pilgrimage to Rome from November 11th to 13th, at the close of the Year of Mercy. Organised by the FRATELLO Association - an initiative born in the wake of the 2014 pilgrimage of 150 people then living on the streets in France - the 2016 pilgrimage is one in which organizations throughout Europe aiding the poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters in society are invited to participate.

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Visit to leprosy hospital in Nepal  was 'life-changing' for volunteers
Visit to leprosy hospital in Nepal was 'life-changing' for volunteers

A group of volunteers who visited a leprosy hospital in Nepal say the experienced has been 'life-changing'. They were all aware that it is one of the poorest countries in the world, nevertheless, they admit to being shocked by the extent of the poverty they witnessed. A volunteer speaker for The Leprosy Mission England and Wales Christine Sugden, from the Isle of Man said: "I knew I would see poverty, patients who have leprosy and the devastation caused by last April's earthquake. But, knowing it and seeing it are different:

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Cardinal Nichols leads Mass celebrating 1050th anniversary of arrival of Christianity in Poland
Cardinal Nichols leads Mass celebrating 1050th anniversary of arrival of Christianity in Poland

Cardinal Vincent Nichols was principal celebrant at a special Mass in Ealing Abbey on Sunday, 1 May, to mark 1,050 anniversary of Christianity in Poland. During this year, the baptism of Mieszko I, the first ruler of the Polish State, in 966, is marked. In his homily Cardinal Vincent noted that 50 years ago 'would not have been a good time for such celebrations' and that 'they had caused considerable conflict'. He prayed that 'the Catholic faith may continue to inspire' Poland and that 'the strength, generosity and sense of sacrifice which springs from

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Pope Francis: 'We are never alone, Jesus is with us always'
Pope Francis: 'We are never alone, Jesus is with us always'

Before the Regina Coeli with pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday, Pope Francis reflected on the days' Gospel reading that describes the Last Supper and Jesus' promise to the Apostles. The Lord tells the apostles their mission is to take the Gospel message into the world and that they will not be alone. "The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I have said to you: teach and remember."

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Pope sends Easter greetings to faithful of the Eastern Churches
Pope sends Easter greetings to faithful of the Eastern Churches

Pope Francis sent greetings to the faithful of the Eastern Churches who began their Easter celebrations yesterday, according to the Julian calendar. In his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Regina Coeli prayer, he said: "May the Risen Lord bring to our brothers of the Eastern Churches all the gifts of His light and His peace. Christos anesti!" Earlier, in a message through his @Pontifex Twitter account, the Pope said "I address a cordial greeting to the faithful of the Eastern Churches who are celebrating Holy Pascha today.

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Pope addresses conference on regenerative medicine
Pope addresses conference on regenerative medicine

Pope Francis addressed participants of an International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact on Friday. The Conference was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, the Stem for Life Foundation, and the STOQ Foundation. The 2016 conference focused on children's cancers and rare diseases, as well as diseases that occur with aging. It featured talks and discussions with leading cell therapy scientists, physicians, patient advocates, ethicists, philanthropists, leaders of faith and government

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Appeal to the Council of Europe for Peace in Turkey
Appeal to the Council of Europe for Peace in Turkey

Six members of the Imrali Peace Delegation visited Strasbourg from 18 - 22 April to call upon the Council of Europe to persuade its member Turkey to resume the peace talks with Abdullah Ocalan, the imprisoned leader of the PKK. During a previous visit to Istanbul in February 2016 the delegation had sought an audience with the Turkish minister of Justice to engage him on the question of the resumption of the peace talks and seek his permission to visit Imrali prison to engage with Abdullah Ocalan on the same issue. Until

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Egypt: Coptic priests proclaim Easter in cafes and streets
Egypt: Coptic priests proclaim Easter in cafes and streets

In Egypt, Coptic churches, who follow the Julian calendar, are celebrating Holy Week, during which, traditionally, greetings and good wishes are expressed to the Copts by representatives of various institutions. Ahmed al Tayyeb, great Imam of Al Azhar, went to the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo to personally express his Easter greetings to Orthodox Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II. Some Coptic Orthodox priests of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Minya, Upper Egypt, decided to leave their parishes to go to celebrate moments of prayer in the streets, in cafes

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Vatican hosts conference on Regenerative Medicine
Vatican hosts conference on Regenerative Medicine

Advances in regenerative medicine will top the agenda of an international conference opening in the Vatican today. 'Cellular Horizons: How Science, Technology, Information and Communication will Impact Society' 28-30 April is the third in a series of conferences (2011 and 2013) organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture's office for Science and Faith and The Stem For Life Foundation on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact.

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Pakistan: Appeal filed for Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy
Pakistan: Appeal filed for Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy

An appeal has been filed to the Court of Appeal in Pakistan regarding a Christian couple Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar sentence to death for blasphemy. The two were of accused of sending blasphemous text messages and sentenced to death in 2014. A team of lawyers from the Farrukh Saif Foundation, Pakistani organization has taken on the legal defense of the couple On July 20 2013, the couple, from Gojra, in Punjab, were accused of sending blasphemous text messages and were later arrested.

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Pope confirms decrees for Causes of Saints
Pope confirms decrees for Causes of Saints

A number of causes for canonization were advanced on Tuesday, including an Italian diocesan priest. A miracle attributed to Blessed Alfonso Maria Fusco clears the way for his canonization. Another miracle, attributed to the intercession of the Venerable John Sullivan, an Irish Jesuit, was also recognized. María Montserrat Grases García, a girl who died at the age of 17 was one of those named for their heroic virtue. The decrees also recognize the martyrdom of several victims of Communism, including the Servants of God Fr José Antón Gómez, OSB,

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Pope Francis: We cannot stand by as onlookers
Pope Francis: We cannot stand by as onlookers

Pope Francis focussed on the story of the Good Samaritan in his catechesis during the General Audience in pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. Let us never forget: we cannot stand by as onlookers when we see so many people worn out by hunger, violence and injustice - the Pope said, calling all Christians to become Good Samaritans in their everyday lives. "To ignore man's suffering means to ignore God," he said, recalling how, in the parable, the Levite and the priest walked by the man who had been attacked by thieves and

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Cardinal Turkson: 'Pope Francis is not anti-business'
Cardinal Turkson: 'Pope Francis is not anti-business'

Pope Francis is not "anti-business' Cardinal Turkson President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said yesterday. In an address to a conference on 'Care for our Common Home in the context of Large Scale Investments in Mining and Agriculture' the Cardinal said: "What he decries is an obsession with profit and the deification of the market...Profit has its role in sustaining an enterprise and allowing it to improve and innovate. Pope Francis calls upon business to lead by harnessing its creativity to solve pressing human needs."

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India:  Jesuits discuss Christology in Bangalore
India: Jesuits discuss Christology in Bangalore

Twenty-seven South Asian Jesuit theologians met at Ashirvad, Bangalore for the First Seminar of the South Asian Jesuit Theologians' Forum from 23rd to 25th April 2016. They explored 'South Asian (Indian) Christology' in the three day seminar. P.R. John SJ, professor of Systematic Theology at Vidyajyoti, the convener of the forum, organized this seminar. The key to the dynamics of the Seminar can be traced to the First South Asian Jesuit Theologians' Colloquium that was convened by Father Michael Amaladoss in Delhi, 2014.

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Vatican events to focus on living fully with disability
Vatican events to focus on living fully with disability

People with disabilities will be the focus of two events at the Vatican in June, organised by the Kairos Forum with the blessing of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Bishop Paul Hendricks, Bishop for Disability for Catholic Church in England and Wales and Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche movement. An academic symposium, Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith, will take place on Thursday 23 June. 
Following that, on the weekend of 24-26 June a conference: Living Fully 2016: Disability, Culture and Faith: A Celebration will take

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Holy Land: How the Separation Barrier came to the Cremisan Valley
Holy Land: How the Separation Barrier came to the Cremisan Valley

The 2nd of April 2015 seemed like a good day for Palestinians and for Christians in the Holy Land after a two-year court battle reached a resolution. The Israeli Supreme Court ordered the defence ministry to reconsider the route of the Barrier. This ruling halted the Israeli militaries plans to take 75% of a convent's land in the Cremisan Valley, surround it on three sides by a 12 meter high separation barrier, divide it from the neighbouring monastery, deprive 58 Palestinian Christians of their land and prevent over 400 families from accessing their

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Dorothy Day a step nearer sainthood
Dorothy Day a step nearer sainthood

The Cause for Dorothy Day's possible eventual beatification and canonisation has moved into a new phase on Tuesday as Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, opened the canonical Inquiry on the life of the Catholic Worker movement founder, gathering evidence to determine if Dorothy Day lived a life of "heroic virtue" in the eyes of the Church. The Archdiocese, which is sponsoring her cause, will gather the evidence and present it to the Vatican's Congregation for the Saints and Pope Francis.

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Pope: Clericalism distorts the Church
Pope: Clericalism distorts the Church

Clericalism is one of the greatest distortions affecting the Church in Latin America Pope Francis said on Tuesday. The clergy should serve lay people and not make use of them, he said . His comments came in a wide-ranging letter reflecting on the role of the laity that was addressed to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. The letter was a follow-up to the commission's recent Plenary Assembly on the theme: 'the indispensable role of the lay faithful in the public life of Latin American

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Catholic agencies shocked at government refusal to take in unaccompanied child refugees
Catholic agencies shocked at government refusal to take in unaccompanied child refugees

Just weeks after Pope Francis visited Lesbos and returned to Rome with three refugee families, the British government has refused to take in 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children - some as young as five. The amendment to the Immigration Bill, proposed by Lord Alfred Dubs, who came to England as a child refugee himself during World War Two, was defeated last night by 294 to 276 votes. The news has been greeted with shock by many Catholic organisations.

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