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Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem retires, Apostolic Administrator appointed
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem retires, Apostolic Administrator appointed

Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM has been elevated to Archbishop and appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem upon retirement of Patriarch Fouad Twal. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem who reached the age of 75 for retirement last October. The Pope has elevated to Archbishop Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, former Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years, and appointed him as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin

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Armenia: Pope speaks of Armenian massacre and Christian persecution
Armenia: Pope speaks of Armenian massacre and Christian persecution

Pope Francis on Friday met with Armenia's political, diplomatic and civil society representatives,at the presidential palace in Yerevan. During his address he recalled both the genocide suffered by the nation a century ago and the suffering of Christians around the world today. As he greeted the Armenian president, Serzh Sargsyan, and the nation's political leaders, Pope Francis spoke of the rich history and natural beauty of Armenia, believed by some to be the location of the biblical garden of Eden.

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#Pope Francis in Armenia - arrival, meeting with Church leaders
#Pope Francis in Armenia - arrival, meeting with Church leaders

Pope Francis arrived in Armenia's capital Yerevan at 12.55 pm Rome time on Friday 24th June to begin his 14th apostolic journey abroad. Before his visit he paid a private visit to the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome to pray, leaving a bouquet of flowers, in the colours of the Armenian flag, before the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known as 'Salus Populi Romani'. The Holy Father was warmly welcomed by the President of the nation's Republic Serzh Sargsyn and the Catholicos of All Armenia Karekin II. Also present were the Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Armenia

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Pope on Brexit: 'the will of the people is to be respected'
Pope on Brexit: 'the will of the people is to be respected'

Pope Francis commented on Britain's decision to leave the European Union today, saying it must be followed by "guarantees" for the good of both Britain and countries on the continent. Speaking to journalists aboard the Papal plane during his journey to the Armenian capital, Yerevan, the Pope said the referendum result must be respected because it was wanted by the people. "It was the will expressed by the people and this requires a great responsibility on the part of all of us to guarantee the good of the people of the United Kingdom,

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Holy Land: West Bank faces severe water shortage as Israel cuts supplies
Holy Land: West Bank faces severe water shortage as Israel cuts supplies

Israel stands accused of using 'water as a weapon' as water supplies to the West Bank have been drastically cut, and some West Bank homes have gone without water for a week, news services and aid agencies report. The crisis began on the first day of Ramadan, when water supplies were cut completely for 24 hours. While summer temperatures are well over 30 degrees centigrade and rising, families across the West Bank now have barely enough to drink, let alone wash. Agriculture is particularly under stress and dairy farmers face the prospect of

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 Pope sends video message to people of Armenia ahead of his visit
Pope sends video message to people of Armenia ahead of his visit

Francis has sent a video message to the people of Armenia, ahead of his visit to the country this weekend. In the message, delivered in Italian, the Holy Father said: "It is as a servant of the Gospel and a messenger of peace that I desire to come among you, to support your every effort towards peace - and I would share our steps on the pathway of reconciliation, which generates hope." ... I invite you to pray for this Apostolic journey. With the help of God, I come among you to fulfil, as the motto of the trip says, a "visit to the first Christian country".

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Rome: International Disability Symposium opens
Rome: International Disability Symposium opens



The international disability event: 'Living Fully 2016' began with an academic Symposium in Rome today. The event was officially opened by Cardinal Ravasi. The four days will be a celebration of disability, culture and faith. Theologians and practitioners in the field of disability - both physical and intellectual, are gathering from the four corners of the globe to share their knowledge, insights and experience to foster greater engagement in Church communities far and wide. 

The event has been pioneered by The Kairos Forum, a Caritas member disability

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Pakistan:  Five Christians acquitted from blasphemy charges
Pakistan: Five Christians acquitted from blasphemy charges

An anti-terrorism court in Lahore has acquitted five Christians accused of blasphemy. The case was registered on August 16, 2015 against 16 persons accused of having published material considered offensive to Islam. The court had also added charges of "inciting sectarian hatred". Among the victims there was a Protestant Christian pastor Aftab Gill of Gujrat, who published a poster with the word "rasool" for his late father Fazal Masih, founder of his community. The Muslims were offended because the term "rasool" is an attribute of the Prophet Muhammad.

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Caritas on refugee situation - its all about European core values!
Caritas on refugee situation - its all about European core values!

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day, Caritas Europa reminded the European Union and its Member States that there are solutions to Europe's current solidarity crisis. There is no need to put the lives of migrants and refugees at risk and to unnecessarily prolong their suffering. Caritas continues to believe that Europe's founding values of dignity, equality and respect for human rights are not just hollow words, but make more sense now than ever. "Our older brother was kidnapped by ISIS and we have no news from him.

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Cardinal: Abuse survivors must be central to any safeguarding policy
Cardinal: Abuse survivors must be central to any safeguarding policy

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has sent a message to the annual Anglophone Safeguarding Conference currently underway in Rome. He stresses that although much has been done, there's much more to do "in both the prevention and response to this crime." The Rt Revd Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds and Vice Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, delivered the message to delegates at the event that runs from 20 - 23 June and is jointly hosted by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Kenya's Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Viewpoint: Does religion breed homophobia?
Viewpoint: Does religion breed homophobia?

"Sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people," Bishop Robert Lynch of St Petersburg, Florida, said on his blog after the mass shooting of 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando. We have to face the fact that gay-bashing is often encouraged, perpetrated and justified by believers. In the aftermath of the heinous crime committed at Pulse nightclub, many so-called religious people took to social media suggesting that this was a punishment from God. I was shocked to read

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Pope reaffirms Church rejection of death penalty
Pope reaffirms Church rejection of death penalty

In a video message to participants of the Sixth World Conference Against the Death Penalty, taking place this week in Oslo, Norway Pope Francis has strongly reaffirmed the Catholic Church's rejection of the death penalty. The Holy Father said: "The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is an auspicious occasion for promoting worldwide ever more evolved forms of respect for the life and dignity of each person. It must not be forgotten that the inviolable and God-given right to life also belongs to the criminal."

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Fr Tomáš Halík on Brexit - A voice from the heart of Europe
Fr Tomáš Halík on Brexit - A voice from the heart of Europe

Templeton Prize winner, Czech Roman Catholic priest Fr Tomáš Halík writes: I am writing this open letter as one of many Europeans who are deeply concerned about the fate of Britain and the whole of Europe, our common homeland. I was born in Czechoslovakia, I teach at Charles University in Prague, and have been an admirer and lover of British culture since my youth. My first acquaintance with Britain was as a student in 1968. After the fall of communism I lectured in Oxford and Cambridge and received the prestigious Templeton Prize in London in 2014.

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Egypt: Coptic homes, property attacked over rumours of church building
Egypt: Coptic homes, property attacked over rumours of church building

Homes and property belonging to the Coptic community of Qarayat al Bayda village near Alexandria were attacked on 17 June by angry crowds protesting at rumours that a house under construction was being turned into a church. According to Daily News Egypt, the house owner, Naeem Aziz, also known as Maurice Aziz, stated he was building the new house for his son. However, after Friday prayers on 17 June, a large crowd attacked the house and the building materials being used in its construction. In addition Mr Aziz and his brother were assaulted

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Sisters of St Joseph of Peace World Refugee Day Message
Sisters of St Joseph of Peace World Refugee Day Message

The Catholic Sisters of St Joseph of Peace in the UK and US united to denounce divisive political rhetoric and to welcome immigrants and refugees as sisters and brothers in a statement released in time for World Refugee Day on June 20. Their formal congregational statement entitled: Welcome Immigrants and Refugees also urges governments to look to the causes of forced migration such as economic inequality, war, arms sales, and excessive use of fossil fuels that are causing seas to rise, forcing island peoples out of their homes.

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World Refugee Day - resettled refugees tell their stories
World Refugee Day - resettled refugees tell their stories

To commemorate World Refugee Day, the International Catholic Migration Commission is launching a public call to share messages and stories of support and solidarity towards refugees worldwide. With more than 60 million people fleeing violence, conflicts or persecutions, a lack of legal channels to allow people to migrate safely, and insufficient support for successful integration of refugees into host countries, there is an urgent need to show solidarity towards refugees and to share messages of hope and mercy with them.

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Syria: Three killed in suicide attack on meeting attended by  Patriarch
Syria: Three killed in suicide attack on meeting attended by Patriarch

Three people were killed by a suicide attack yesterday during a religious meeting organized in Qamishli in northern Syria, to commemorate the 'Assyrian genocide' of 1915, by the Ottoman army. No organisation has claimed responsibility yet. According to local sources the suicide bomber tried to enter the hall where people were gathered but was stopped by security forces, and he detonated himself among them. The meeting had been called to commemorate the massacre of 1915, also known as the 'Sayfo massacre',

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'Let us join in prayer with our Orthodox brothers and sisters'
'Let us join in prayer with our Orthodox brothers and sisters'

'Let us join in prayer with our Orthodox brothers and sisters for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church opening today in Crete' - Pope Francis said on his Twitter feed last night. Speaking after the Angelus prayer to thousands of pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter's Square, yesterday, the Holy Fathe also urged Catholics to pray for the Orthodox leaders from around the world who are holding their 'Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church' on the Greek island of Crete.

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India: 'Dialogue-Plus' with Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
India: 'Dialogue-Plus' with Islamic scholar Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

Together with the Jesuit scholar Father Victor Edwin (who teaches Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Vidyajyoti College of Theology, a Jesuit centre in Delhi) I met Maulana Wahiduddin Khan twice in March 2016, in New Delhi. In this article I would like to present a portrait of this great Islamic scholar who is internationally recognized for his engagement in efforts for peace and interfaith understanding. He has been awarded many peace prizes, including the Demiurgus Peace International Award (under the patronage of the former Soviet President Mikhail

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Pope Francis: 'Refugees are just like us'
Pope Francis: 'Refugees are just like us'

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for solidarity with refugees as he noted that Monday marks the annual United Nations World Refugee Day. Addressing thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square after the Angelus, the Pope recalled that the theme for this year's event is: 'We stand together #With Refugees' and with all those forced to flee their lands. Refugees, he insisted, are people like everyone else, who have been deprived by war of their homes, their jobs, their parents and their friends.

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Walking a mile in the shoes of a child
Walking a mile in the shoes of a child

In "To Kill a Mocking Bird" Atticus Finch advises his daughter to "walk a mile in another person's shoes" before she passes judgment on them. What follows is drawn from young people we have met in the course of our work at Article 1, a small charity supporting asylum seekers from Sudan. As churches across the world mark Refuge Week, please spend a moment walking in the shoes of a child refugee: Imagine you are fourteen years old, living in Sudan. One day the air force bombs your town, and then sends in government soldiers and their proxy militia

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Bethlehem: Icon of Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls
Bethlehem: Icon of Our Lady Who Brings Down Walls

Graffiti painted along the Separation Wall, between Bethlehem and Jerusalem - from Banksy's Peace Dove to poems and inscriptions - is increasingly becoming a form of protest against Israel's occupation - similar to the art which burgeoned on the Berlin Wall in the 1970s and 80s. Near the Emmanuel Monastery in Bethlehem, an icon of the Mother of God can be seen on the eight-metre high concrete wall - revealing with its beauty the failure of communities to love one another. Made at the request of local Christians and some internationals, the

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Vatican helps nine more Syrian refugees come to Rome
Vatican helps nine more Syrian refugees come to Rome

A group of nine Syrian refugees, including two Christians, arrived in Rome on Thursday from the Kara Tepe refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Earlier this year, on 16 April, Pope Francis visited the camp himself to meet some of the refugees and see the conditions in which they were living. During that visit he brought three families back to Rome with him on the papal plane. The Vatican Gendarmeria, with the help of Interior Ministry of Greece, the Greek Asylum Service, and the Community of Sant'Egidio, accompanied this new group of refugees from Athens to

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 Watch: Pope's video message for 'Be God's Mercy' project
Watch: Pope's video message for 'Be God's Mercy' project

A video message by Pope Francis was released on Friday to highlight an awareness and fund-raising initiative by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). The charity's 'Be God's Mercy' initiative marking the Jubilee Year of Mercy was formally launched at a press conference in the offices of Vatican Radio. In his film, the Pope urged people to "carry out works of mercy together with ACN in every corner of the world, in order to meet the many, many needs of today."

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Pope renews criticism of  today's 'throwaway culture'
Pope renews criticism of today's 'throwaway culture'

Pope Francis opened the annual Ecclesial Convention of the Rome Diocese last night at Rome's cathedral: the Papal Archbasilica of St John Lateran. During the course of the event, the Holy Father responded to questions from several participants, each centered on specific aspects of the over-arching theme of the three-day event: the family and the joy of love. In one response in particular, Pope Francis renewed his criticism of our "provisional" and "throw-away" culture, which has largely become incapable of thinking that any good - even one's word - could possibly

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