Stories from parishes, dioceses, religious orders and community groups all over the world. It also includes stories on specific topics such as the Vatican, the Pope, missionaries, aid projects, aid agencies, health & natural disasters.

CAFOD joins DEC Coronavirus Appeal

CAFOD has joined forces with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help millions of vulnerable people in the global south whose lives are at risk as the coronavirus pandemic spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched a Coronavirus Appeal on Tuesday to help fragile states - particularly Yemen, Syria, Somalia, South S...

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Indian nuns aid migrant labourers stranded on way home during lockdown

Mothers and children wait at Kaushambi Bus Terminal image: Jessy Joseph

Sr Sujata Jena could not sleep after seeing a picture of a young girl with a heavy load on her head in a WhatsApp message. "Her stained face, wet with tears, haunted me," the member of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary told Jessy Joseph writing for Global Sisters Report.

The photo was being circulated to illustrate the plight of hundreds of thousands of people who hit India's h...

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CTE presidents statement on Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

'The Presidents of Churches Together in England, representing the full breadth of Christian traditions in England, are saddened at the decision of the Turkish Government to change the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

For a long period of time Hagia Sophia has been a unique centre symbolising a co-existence of people of faith. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, as a place where the...

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Sudan abolishes apostasy law

Meriam Ibrahim meets Pope Francis  2014

Sudan has abolished apostasy, the law that punishes Muslims who change their religion. The new laws passed in April came into effect last week. They overturn laws that were in direct violation of the Sudanese constitution, which allows freedom of religion and worship.

Justice Minister Nasr al-Din Abdel-Bari declared: "We will drop all laws violating human rights in Sudan."

'This is ...

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Brazil: Pope Francis Hospital Ship treats Covid patients in Amazonia

Bishop Bernardo Bahlmann distributes medical supplies from the ship

The Pope Francis Hospital Ship is bringing medical equipment and assistance to coronavirus-hit communities along the Amazon river, the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM) reports.

Brother Joel Sousa, from the ship's medical team said: "This ship has already worked miracles, bringing healing and hope to river populations." With the current emergency, he said there is even more need fo...

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Accompanying those addicted to gambling

Leela M Ramdeen

"We pray for those suffering from addiction may be properly helped and accompanied." - Pope Francis

In Pope Francis' prayer intention for April 2020, he asked everyone to pray for those who suffer from addiction, especially addiction to gambling, pornography, and the internet.

If we are to journey with our Domestic Church on Mission; if we are to be leaven in our neighbourh...

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Hagia Sophia to become a mosque

Hagia Sophia - Nserrano Wiki image

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree on Friday ordering the historic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul to be opened for Muslim prayers as of 24 July. The decree followed a ruling from Turkey's top administrative court which revoked Hagia Sophia's status as a museum, saying the ancient building's conversion was illegal.

Since 1934, the building has been a living example of religi...

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Urgent appeal for Bethlehem, from Anthony Bailey OBE

Anthony Bailey OBE with his Bethlehem passport

Anthony Bailey OBE, Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, writes:

Some years ago, on what was my first visit to the Holy Land, I made that all important pilgrimage to the birthplace of Jesus Christ - the holy city of Bethlehem.

Since childhood I had dreamt of visiting this city, for it represented the birthplace of ...

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Parliamentarians: Cut remittance fees to help poor, defend religious minorities

Houses of Parliament - JS/ICN

Each year, Diaspora workers send three times more money back to their families in the developing world than poor nations receive in overseas aid. In Nigeria alone, $25 billion is remitted, slightly more than the federal budget. Yet, on average, Diaspora workers pay more than 9% of the value of their remittance to the financial institutions performing cash transfers at the stroke of a computer k...

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WCC urges Turkey to keep Hagia Sophia as shared heritage of humanity

SW entrance, Hagia Sophia. Wiki image

In a letter to HE Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Turkey, the World Council of Churches interim general secretary Rev Prof Dr Ioan Sauca is expressing his fervent hope and prayer that Hagia Sophia will not become once again a focus of confrontation and conflict, but will be restored to the emblematic unifying role that it has served since 1934.

Dr Sauca writes:

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Jerusalem: Official Statement of Church leaders on protection of Christian properties

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, together with Church leaders in Jerusalem, have accused Israel of undermining Christianity in the Holy Land. The Heads of Jerusalem's major churches-including its Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Lutheran donominations, among others-made an urgent appeal for the protection of the property of Christians, against the unjust decision of the Israel...

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Pakistan: Kidnapped Christian girl now pregnant from rape

Huma Younus © Aid to the Church in Need

A kidnapped Christian girl in Pakistan has phoned her parents to say she is pregnant after being raped by her abductor, who has imprisoned her in one room of his house.

Tabassum Yousaf, the lawyer fighting for the freedom of 15-year-old Catholic girl Huma Younus who was kidnapped in October 2019 and forced to convert to Islam, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the...

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Constantinian Covid-19 appeal raises over €232,000 for Italian hospitals

The Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, HRH Prince Charles of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro, has expressed his thanks and appreciation to members of the British and Irish Delegation for their generous support and donations to the Order's Grand Magistry Covid-19 appeal. More than €232,368 has been raised in recent weeks for hospitals and hea...

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Meet a Columban Missionary - Fr Liam in Pakistan

If you're interested in finding out more about the what, where and who of Columban mission, then the 'Meet a Columban Missionary' (webinar) with Fr Liam O'Callaghan in Pakistan is the zoom meeting for you!

The hour-long call will include prayer, a short introduction and a question and answer session. The Columbans hope this will be a real encounter, not just an event to watch, so number...

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