Ivory Coast: More than 20 die in severe floods

At least 20 deaths have been reported due to flooding caused by torrential rain overnight, between 18 and 19 June, in Abidjan. Among the worst hit areas of the Ivorian economic capital is the municipality of Cocody, where many residents perched on the roofs of their homes, while dozens of people were welcomed in the local 'Holy Family' parish. Many other parishes are accommodating fl...

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Retired US Cardinal removed from ministry over abuse allegation

Cardinal speaks at Davos 2008

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, 87, former archbishop of Washington, DC, has been removed from all public ministry following an allegation that he sexually abused a teenager when he was a priest in New York nearly 50 years ago. In a statement the Cardinal Emeritus said: "Some months ago, I was advised by the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, that an allegation of sexual ab...

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Geneva: Pope urges Christians to walk together

In his address at an ecumenical prayer service in Geneva today, Pope Francis urges Christians to walk together in the Spirit even though ecumenism is often seen in the eyes of the world as "a great enterprise operating at a loss."

Reflecting on the Apostle Paul's advice for Christians to walk in the Spirit, Pope Francis stressed that "for us Christians walking together is not a ploy to s...

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Pope Francis: Separating children from parents is immoral

In a wide-ranging interview with Philip Pullella, head of Reuter's Rome bureau, Pope Francis answered a series questions on various issues including the US policy of separating migrant families at the US/Mexican border, Holy See's talks with China, the position of women within the Church, populism, Chile's clerical sex abuse crisis and reform of the Roman Curia.

The Pope talked at length ...

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Pope makes ecumenical pilgrimage to WCC in Geneva

Pope Francis travels to Geneva today, 21 June, on a visit that has been described as an 'ecumenical pilgrimage' during which he will mark the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the World Council of Churches. During the day the Holy Father will participate in an ecumenical meeting at the WCC headquarters; he will lead an ecumenical prayer service and he will lunch at the WCC's Boss...

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WCC reaffirms Universal Declaration of Human Rights

This year marks the anniversary not only of the World Council of Churches but also of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Recalling the historic role of the WCC in formulating "this foundational instrument of modern international human rights law," the WCC issued a statement reasserting its "crucial, indeed indispensable character and import, especially at a time when huma...

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Bishop McAleenan on World Refugee Day


Statement from Bishop Paul McAleenan, lead bishop for migration and refugees of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, on the occasion UN World Refugee Day 20 June 2018:

"On this World Day for refugees, I call on our society as a whole to reflect on how we can better help refugees, both through welcoming them into our society and communities, and through supportin...

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Israel: Christian leaders protest at plan to confiscate Church property

Church of the Holy Sepulchre - Wiki

Christian jeaders responsible for the shared management of the Holy Sepulchre have written to Benjamin Netanyahu to protest at what they state are government plans to confiscate Church property.

The Israeli draft bill that aims at confiscating church property in Israel has not been blocked or filed: this bill, which continues its process towards approval, is configured as "a systematic an...

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Columbans adamantly oppose Administration's actions at US/Mexico border

Border fence

The Columban Centre For Advocacy and Outreach have issued the following statement today, in response to the US government's separating migrants families and 'caging' children. Family unity is sacred. Every person has the right to seek safety. These are some of the most basic tenets of Catholic Social Teaching. Separating families at the border and restricting access to asylu...

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Colombia: Christian Aid urges new President to implement 2016 peace agreement

President Duque

Christian Aid has called on the newly-elected President of Colombia to implement the peace agreement signed in 2016, amid concerns that changes may be made.

Colombia elected Ivan Duque from far-right wing party, Centro Democratico, as its new President, after going to the polls on Sunday, 17th June. Mr Duque pledged to make substantial adjustments to the peace agreement between the govern...

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US Bishops condemn separation of migrant children from parents

As harrowing pictures emerge from detention centres on the US-Mexican border, showing children as young as four, locked in cages. Catholic Church leaders across America have repeated their condemnation of the government's policy of separating migrant children from their parents.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo told the Spring General Assembly meeting in Fort Lauderdale on 14 June: "At its core, ...

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Pope warns against destructive power of slander

If you want to destroy institutions or people, you start by speaking ill of them - Pope Francis said in his homily, during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta.

Pope Francis exhorted Christians to watch out for "slanderous communication."

In the day's reading, from First Book of Kings, Jezebel, the cruel wife of King Ahab of Samaria, uses slander and falsehood to have Naboth killed, ...

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Pope makes Angelus appeal for Yemen, refugees

After praying the Angelus on Sunday with thousands gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis appealed for the people of Yemen and for refugees.

The Holy Father said: "I am following the dramatic circumstances of the people of Yemen"... "I urge the international community to do everything possible to bring all the parties involved to the nego...

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Ecumenical Patriarch praises 'common pilgrimage' of WCC

Representatives of churches worldwide gathered at Geneva's St Pierre Cathedral today (17 June) for a service of celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), at which His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urged continued efforts for unity, justice and peace. "We celebrate a long common pilgrimage on the path to unity, Christian witness, ...

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