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Iraq: Jihadists used church as a shooting range
Iraq: Jihadists used church as a shooting range

Iraqi Christians returning to their homelands trashed by Daesh (ISIS) have described the horror of finding their houses burnt and their churches desecrated. Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, eye witnesses reported the destruction caused by the jihadists and how church statues were beheaded and mannequins from a clothes shop were used for shooting practice. Manal Matti used to run a beauty salon near the now fire-damaged Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town in the Nineveh Plains.

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Viewpoint: Who's showing whose true colours?
Viewpoint: Who's showing whose true colours?

Confused about the recent discussions over Cardinal Burke, Amoris Laetitia and the Knights of Malta? In her latest column for the National Catholic Reporter, Phyllis Sagano offers a very helpful summary. Sagano writes: Every seagoing ship flies its colours - its flag - so other vessels can identify friend or foe. Pirates often displayed false flags, only showing their true colours - black and white skull and bones - when they were close enough to attack. Remind you of the gang of four cardinals stirring a hornet's nest about Amoris Laetitia?

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Pope Francis on President Trump - We must wait and see
Pope Francis on President Trump - We must wait and see

In a wide-ranging interview published by Spanish newspaper El País, Pope Francis warned against forming an opinion about the new US President Donald Trump. "I think we must wait and see," he said. "I don't like to get ahead of myself nor judge people prematurely. We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will have an opinion." He warned against premature reactions. "Being afraid or rejoicing beforehand, because of something that might happen, is, in my view, unwise," he said. Speaking about other world issues Pope Francis again expressed his concern over the "world war

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Pope: All areas of human life are ground in which to sow seed of the Gospel
Pope: All areas of human life are ground in which to sow seed of the Gospel

During the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on the early days of Jesus ministry, in Galilee. This region, the Holy Father noted, was a kind of crossroads between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian lands. Because of the presence of large numbers of pagans, for the Jews Galilee was seen as a geographical periphery. Little was expected from Galilee in terms of the story of salvation - but it was precisely here that the light of the Gospel began to be diffused throughout the world, not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles. Here, following St John the Baptist, Jesus preached the coming of the

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 Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

How can life go on? is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2017, which will be marked this coming Friday, 27 January. The aftermath of the Holocaust and of subsequent genocides continues to raise challenging questions for individuals, communities and nations. HMD 2017 asks audiences to think about what happens after genocide and of our own responsibilities in the wake of such a crime. This year's theme is broad and open ended, there are few known answers.

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Pope celebrates Mass for Dominicans 800th anniversary
Pope celebrates Mass for Dominicans 800th anniversary

.."we give thanks to the Father for the work that Saint Dominic, full of the light and the salt of Christ, accomplished 800 years ago; a work at the service of the Gospel, preached with words and with his life; a work that, with the grace of the Holy Spirit, has helped so many men and women to not lose themselves in the midst of the 'carnival' of worldly curiosity, but rather sense the taste of sound doctrine, the taste of the Gospel; who, in their turn, have become light and salt, doers of good works... and true brothers and sisters who glorify God, and teach others to glorify God, by the good works of their

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 Pope advises Roman Rota on legal and sacramental marriage preparation
Pope advises Roman Rota on legal and sacramental marriage preparation

Pope Francis received members of the Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota on Saturdya, for the inauguration of the judicial year In his address the Holy Father spoke about the relationship between faith and marriage. Quoting from his predecessors including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, he noted the importance of Love and Truth. "Love needs truth", Pope Francis said. "Just as it is based on truth, love can last over time, overcome the ephemeral moment and stand firm to support a common path.

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Text: Pope's Inauguration Day Message to President Trump
Text: Pope's Inauguration Day Message to President Trump

Pope Francis has sent his good wishes to United States President Donald Trump on the day of his inauguration. "At a time when our human family is beset by grave humanitarian crises demanding far-sighted and united political responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation's commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide" ... "Under your leadership, may America's stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need

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Irish Bishops meet Pope, discuss possible visit to Ireland
Irish Bishops meet Pope, discuss possible visit to Ireland

Pope Francis met with the Irish bishops on Friday, during their ad limina visit to Rome. Less than half of the bishops had been on an ad limina visit before, and they were all impressed by the level of openness and dialogue they discovered in all the offices of the Roman Curia and particularly in their closed door, informal and unscripted conversation with the Pope. Archbishop Eamon Martin, president of the Irish bishops conference, said: "He (Pope Francis) said at the beginning, 'I'll throw in the ball and let's see what happens',

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Egypt: Extremists committing 'horrific acts every day' against Christians
Egypt: Extremists committing 'horrific acts every day' against Christians

Aid to the Church in Need has received reports that extremist Islamists are carrying out daily atrocities against Christians - including kidnapping and murder. A source, who asked to remain anonymous for security reasons said: "There are many extremists Muslims who commit horrific acts every day - every day we hear about another Christian being murdered... Every day we hear about a fight, a revenge... Al Saed is full of these extremists." Al Saed is a region in southern Egypt, covering the south of Cairo, the Suez Canal area and the Sinai Peninsula.

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Pope Francis: Luther's intention was to renew not divide the Church
Pope Francis: Luther's intention was to renew not divide the Church

The intention of Martin Luther five hundred years ago "was to renew the Church, not divide her", Pope Francis said on Thursday, when he met an Ecumenical Delegation from Finland, in the Vatican to take part in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Pope recalled his visit to Sweden last October and said that the "gathering there gave us the courage and strength, in our Lord Jesus Christ, to look ahead to the ecumenical journey that we are called to walk together." The Pope ended his speech with off-the-cuff remarks thanking the bishop leading the delegation for having brought his

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Prayers and protests planned for Trump Inauguration
Prayers and protests planned for Trump Inauguration

Thousands have signed a petition objecting to Washington's Episcopalian National Cathedral, hosting the traditional interfaith prayer service on Saturday morning, as part of the presidential inauguration for Donald Trump and Mike Pence. The service will feature prayers, readings and musical performances. Fr Gary Hall, who served as dean of the Cathedral from 2012 to 2015, said: "I think the faith community should be a centre of resistance against Donald Trump's vision in America." He said that he felt that the service "legitimizes Trump." But the current Dean,

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European Church leaders issue joint message for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
European Church leaders issue joint message for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The history of Christianity in Europe is marked by sorrowful periods of division, mutual condemnation, and even violence. As a number of churches prepare to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, we are reminded anew of our difficult past. Recalling these events and confronting our history is a precious opportunity to renew our commitment to the healing of wounds and overcoming divisions. We turn to Christ, who reconciles all people and all creation to God, to guide us in this work. In humble gratitude for this gift,

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 Poland marks 300th anniversary of Coronation of Our Lady of Czestochowa
Poland marks 300th anniversary of Coronation of Our Lady of Czestochowa

Many events are being planned throughout this year in Poland to celebrate the Jubilee of the crowning of the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Last month (15 December) the Polish Parliament adopted a resolution declaring 2017 a Jubilee year. Pope Clement XI canonically crowned the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa on September 8, 1717. The Jubilee began with a special Mass at Jasna Góra monastery, where the Icon is kept, celebrated by Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki on 8 September 2016. On December 8, a plenary indulgence was granted by Pope Francis which can be

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Bishops call for action after fifty years of occupation in the Holy Land
Bishops call for action after fifty years of occupation in the Holy Land

Fifty years of occupation demands action, is the call of the Holy Land Coordination bishops at the end of this year's meeting. Describing the occupation as a scandal that violates the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, the bishops called for an end to the suffering on both sides. While many people in the Holy Land strive for reconciliation, most have now lived their entire lives under occupation, with its polarising social segregation. The bishops implored Christians in their respective countries to recognise their own responsibility for prayer, awareness and action.

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Bishops delegation ends pilgrimage to Holy Land with call for action
Bishops delegation ends pilgrimage to Holy Land with call for action

For fifty years the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza have languished under occupation. An occupation - reads the final communiqué of the Holy Land Coordination 2017 - that violates the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis. As the group of Catholic Bishops who make up the 'Holy Land Coordination' finish this year's pilgrimage in support of those enduring the occupation, it is calling for justice and peace in the Holy Land and reminding the rest of us that "it is a scandal to which we must never become accustomed."

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Pope Francis: We look with hope to unity not division
Pope Francis: We look with hope to unity not division

Christian Unity and reconciliation are possible, Pope Francis said, when he greeted an Ecumenical delegation from Germany, during his weekly General Audience with pilgrims in the Paul the VI Hall. Recalling this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Holy Father said we look to "that which unites us - rather than that which divide," and he invited Christians to pray for this week. The Pope also recalled his visit to Lund in Sweden to commemorate the Reformation, saying: "we continue the journey together to deepen our communion and to give it more and more a 'visible form."

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US Bishops urge Congress to 'preserve gains in healthcare coverage'


US Bishops urge Congress to 'preserve gains in healthcare coverage'



As Congress discusses a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, the Chair of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, is urging members of the House and Senate to provide a replacement plan concurrently so that millions of Americans will continue to have access to vital health care. In a letter sent to members of the US House of Representatives and US Senate on January 18, 2017, Bishop Dewane wrote that repealing the ACA should not be undertaken without simultaneous passage of a replacement plan

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Egypt: Prosecutors drop investigation of attack on elderly Christian woman
Egypt: Prosecutors drop investigation of attack on elderly Christian woman

Prosecutors in Egypt's central governorate of Minya have suspended investigations into the assault on a 70-year-old Coptic Christian woman, Suan Thabet, who was stripped naked and paraded in the streets by a Muslim mob last May. After the attack, President Abdel Fattah al Sisi promised a speedy investigation, and at least eight people were arrested among 14 suspects of having taken part in sectarian violence. But the woman's lawyer announced that on Saturday, January 14 the prosecutors were dropping the case due to "lack of sufficient evidence".

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America: Sisters launch prayer resource for Trump's first hundred days
America: Sisters launch prayer resource for Trump's first hundred days

The Sisters of St Joseph with The Sisters of St Joseph of Orange are launching a prayer resource on the day of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump. It will keep pace with the new administration's first 100 days. The content encourages unity and reconciliation and offers support to people who may be vulnerable to policy changes. They have gathered more than 100 daily prayers that are about 12 words long.

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America: Catholic politician states: Why I will not be at Inauguration
America: Catholic politician states: Why I will not be at Inauguration

Luis V Gutiérrez (District-Illinois) took to the House floor on Tuesday morning to explain why he is not going to attend the inaugural ceremonies on January 20. "The reason I am not going is that I cannot bring myself to justify morally or intellectually the immense power we are placing in that man's hands," he said of Donald Trump. Rep Gutiérrez said he would join his wife Soraida in participating in the Women's March on January 21 in Washington. Standing next to a large photograph of the president-elect, the Congressman cited Trump's caustic rhetoric and outrageous past behaviour, saying:

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Opus Dei begins election process for new prelate
Opus Dei begins election process for new prelate

The process planned for the election and appointment of the prelate of Opus Dei will begin in Rome on January 21. Once he has been confirmed by the Pope, the new prelate will become the third successor of Saint Josemaría Escrivá (1902- 1975), and will take over the position held by Bishop Javier Echevarría, who died in Rome on December 12. The auxiliary vicar of the prelature, Monsignor Fernando Ocáriz, stated: "We are living this period in an attitude of prayer, going especially to the Holy Spirit."

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Caritas Europa: Lone child migrants need all of our support!
Caritas Europa: Lone child migrants need all of our support!

On the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Caritas Europa joins Pope Francis in calling everyone to pay attention to the reality of child migrants, "especially the ones who are alone... who in a threefold way are defenceless: they are children, they are foreigners, and they have no means to protect themselves". We urge European Member States to fully comply with the best interests of the child when responding to cases of unaccompanied children seeking protection. "Our older brother was kidnapped by ISIS and we have no news from him.

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Bishop Declan Lang discusses Holy Land Coordination visit - podcast
Bishop Declan Lang discusses Holy Land Coordination visit - podcast

Bishop Declan Lang is leading this year's Holy Land Coordination visit, which began on Saturday, with the aim of meeting and supporting the Holy Land's local Christian communities. The international delegation of bishops started by visiting the small Christian community in Gaza, then took part in the traditional Mass of the Peoples in Jaffa, hosted by the various national communities present in Israel. They will also go to Hebron and East Jerusalem, and delegation members will meet local bishops, students of Bethlehem University and the Mayors of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit

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Greece: Refugees freeze in sub-zero temperatures
Greece: Refugees freeze in sub-zero temperatures

CAFOD is working with its local Greek partner, Caritas Hellas to respond to the deteriorating situation of refugees stranded in the country who are facing life-threatening low temperatures. Thousands of refugees and migrants are sleeping either outside, in camps or abandoned buildings, where the temperatures are well below freezing. "The worst conditions in Greece are in the north," explained Maristella Tsamatropoulou. "There is no heating. People are giving refugees wood to start fires or electric stoves. They burn anything they can to stay warm. It's really dangerous as it could

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