Chaldean Patriarch protests at US plan to deport Iraqi Christian refugees

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako

The United States is currently preparing to deport 114 Iraqi Chaldean Christian refugees, including families with young children, who live and work in the US. These people were arrested under new measures being enforced by the Trump administration designed to stop migration from Middle Eastern countries, considered at risk of terrorist infiltration.

In a letter sent to Chaldean Bishop Fra...

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Iraq: Church saddened by destruction of al Nuri Mosque in Mosul

Al Nuri Mosque 1930 (Wiki image)

The Chaldean Church has expressed sadness at the destruction of the 12th century al Nuri Mosque in Mosul, renowned for its leaning minaret. The Chaldean Patriarchate, also voices sadness for the victims of the bombings, and for all the people who continue to suffer from thirst, hunger and lack of medicine in Iraq.

In an official statement the Patriarchate expressed the hope that, in the ...

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Cardinal Grand Prior celebrates 60th anniversary

His Eminence Renato Raffaele Cardinal Martino, Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination on 20 June. To mark this special occasion, His Eminence celebrated Mass at the historic Almo College Capranica in Rome, where he was a student and later President

On behalf of the knights and dames of the Constantinian Orde...

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Pope urges all priests to 'step out of their comfort zone'

Pope Francis on Tuesday made a pilgrimage to northern Italy to honour two 20th-century parish priests whose commitment to the poor and powerless challenged many faithful - inside and outside the Vatican - to step outside their comfort zones.

The Pope flew by helicopter to Bozzolo, near Cremona in the region of Lombardy, to pray at the tomb of Don Primo Mazzolari, parish priest of a small ...

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Latin American bishops work together to save Amazon

Bishops of the Amazon region are working together to support new projects and initiatives that aim to safeguard and care for the Amazon biome.

The Amazon biome, which covers parts of Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana contains the Amazon rainforest, an area of tropical rainforest, and other ecoregions that cover most of the Amazon basin and some ...

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Holy See appeals for end to attacks on civilians in Congo

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič

The Holy See has expressed its concern for “the grave, widespread, and apparently planned attacks against the civilian population, religious institutions, and faith-based organizations” in the Democratic Republic of Congo, especially in the Kasai region.

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN in Geneva, made the comments to the Human Rights Council.

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Holy Land: 'The only remaining hope is in the churches’ prophetic voice and action'

Speaking in the Holy Land at a 'Consultation on 50 Years of Occupation and the Ecumenical Response,' World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said the best way to mark the tragedy of 50 years of occupation is to listen carefully to those witnesses of hope who live under occupation and who experience its grave consequences in their daily lives.

“No people...

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Bishop Joseph Absi elected new Greek Melkite Patriarch

Bishop Joseph Absi was elected on Wednsesday the new Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, one month after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Patriarch Gregory III Lahham.

The Melkite Greek Catholic Synod has been convening since Monday at the Patriarchate's summer seat in Aley in the Lebanon.

Absi was born on June 20, 1946, in Damascus, Syria. In 1973, he was ordai...

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Pope Francis: We are called to be saints

We are called to be saints, just like the multitude of witnesses before us, in order to be heralds of hope for the world. That was Pope Francis’ message during the General Audience with pilgrims in a very sunny and warm St Peter's Square today.

The Pope said the Saints who have gone before us show us the path of Christian hope and teach us to follow in their footsteps.


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Vatican envoy to UN speaks on crisis in Venezuela

Archbishop Bernardito Auza, United Nations Permanent Observer at the UN, has reiterated that the crisis in Venezuela must be answered with serious and sincere negotiations between the parties concerned.

In a statement to the General Assembly of the organization of American States taking place in Cancun, Mexico, the Archbishop said since the beginning of the crisis, the Pope, the Vatican ...

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US Bishops urge authorities not to deport Christian refugees fleeing persecution

The President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Cardinal Daniel N DiNardo of Galveston-Houston as well as the Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, Bishop Joe S Vásquez of Austin, and Chairman of the USCCB Committee on International Justice and Peace, Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, have sent a letter to US Secretary of Homeland Security, John F Kelly, urging him to ...

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US Christians across political spectrum oppose cuts to poor in Trump’s Budget

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Tomorrow, for the first time since the start of the Trump administration, leaders from Christian families across the theological and political spectrum will speak with one voice - to oppose budget cuts that would harm vulnerable people and devastate families living in poverty, Jim Wallis writes in Sojourners. We will be making this joint statement under the banner of the Ci...

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Watch: Graduation ceremony at Catholic centre in China

On behalf of UK-based Cultural Exchange with China, I attended the graduation from the 10-week Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Module at the YiShi Catholic Social Service Centre of China’s Tianjin Diocese on 26 May. CPE is the primary method of training hospital and hospice chaplains and spiritual care providers.

Video of the graduation celebration can be viewed here: https://www...

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UAE government minister reflects on Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque

Sheikha Lubna and Cardinal Tauran with UAE delegation on Vatican visit.  Image Emirates News Agency  WAM

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, United Arab Emirates, Minister of State for Tolerance writes: On June 14th, coinciding with the 19th day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it was announced that one of the best-known mosques in Abu Dhabi, capital city of the United Arab Emirates, had been given a new name. Formerly known as the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Mosque, after Abu Dhabi’s...

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