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Pope venerates Our Lady on Feast of Immaculate Conception

Pope Francis visited the Piazza di Spagna in Rome on Saturday for the annual act of veneration of Our Lady, praying before the icon on Maria Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of St Mary Major and under the statue of Mary Immaculate in Piazza di Spagna.

An English translation the Holy Father's prayer at Piazza di Spagna follows: Immaculate Mother,on your feast day, so dear t...

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Pope: martyrs of Algeria sign of brotherhood for the world

Martyrs of Tibhirine icon written by Fr Dobromir Dimitrov

In a message to the people of Algeria on Saturday, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis urged them to go forward in healing the wounds of the past and nurturing a culture of encounter and coexistence.

The 19 martyrs were killed between 1994 and 1996 during the civil war in Algeria between the government and Islamist groups. All were religious and they all shared a love of ...

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Pope Francis: 'Here I am is the greatest praise we can give God'

On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square saying that we praise God when we say with Mary, "Here I am".

Pope Francis contrasted Adam's response to God "I hid myself", and Mary's response, "Here I am" during his reflections before leading the faithful in the recitation of the Angelus. Hiding from God "closes o...

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Martyrs of Tibhirine - Prayer

Martyrs of Tibhirine icon written by Fr Dobromir Dimitrov

The Beatification of the Martyrs of Tibhirine will take place tomorrow, 8 December, in Oran, Algeria. These were seven Trappist monks of the Monastery of Notre Dame de l'Atlas near Medea, Algeria, who were murdered in 1996 by the members of the Armed Islamic Group.

The monks' story was treated in the film 'Of Gods and Men' which won the grand prize at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festi...

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Australia: Court overturns conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson

Bishop Wilson - screen shot

A former Catholic archbishop in Australia has had his conviction for concealing child sexual abuse overturned.

Bishop Wilson, 68, a former President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, became the world's most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse at his trial in May this year. He was given a 12 month home detention sentence at the home of his sister...

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Ireland: Senate approval of Occupied Territories Bill 'a vote for peace', says Trocaire

Trocaire has welcomed the passing of the Occupied Territories Bill through the Irish Senate last night and has called on Assembly Delegates - Teachtaí Dála, (TDs) to support the legislation through the Dail (Irish Parliament). Under the Bill, Ireland will not allow the import or products produced in the illegal Israeli settlements in the Occuppied West Bank.

Trócaire CEO Caoimhe de Ba...

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Philippines: President says: 'kill those useless bishops'

President  Duterte-  Wiki image

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said his country's Catholic bishops are "useless fools" and should be "killed", in the latest attack by the controversial leader on the church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs. Ted Regencia reports on Aljazeera.

In a speech at the presidential palace yesterday, Duterte was quoted in local news reports as saying in a mix of Filipi...

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Central African Republic: Another Church-run refugee camp attacked, 60 killed

UPC fighters

Another displaced persons camp run by the local Church in Ippy south east Central African Republic, was attacked yesterday, 4 December by men of the UPC ( Unité pour la Paix en Centrafrique) led by Ali Darassa, the same group responsible for the massacre on 15 November in Alindao, which left 60 people dead, including two priests. See ICN 16 November 2018

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Text: Address by HRH The Prince of Wales at service to celebrate contribution of Christians in Middle East

image:  Andrew Dunsmuir

Time and again I have been deeply humbled and profoundly moved by the extraordinary grace and capacity for forgiveness that I have seen in those who have suffered so much. I find it hard to express what it means to me to join all of you here, in this sacred place, and in this special and holy season of Advent, to recognise the role that so many of you play as instruments of peace in ...

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Advent reflection: The Face of Hope

Community leader Maricela Jimenez by her home in El Guayabo

She was born in a town in Colombia located on the bank of the most beautiful river that your eyes could ever see. She has witnessed the greatest injustices. For many her face would not mean anything, but for others it is hope itself.

She is a peasant woman who, together with her family, live off what they cultivate on their land. She has three children, and every day she goes to her farm ...

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Bethlehem: Water shortages and trees of hope

Photo: Emma Halgren/WCC

This Christmas Season I will have concrete places in my mind when I listen to the story of the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem. I will think of the Bedouin community in Suyica, near Yatta, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. They live in tents and in caves because they are not allowed to build houses. Together with about 20 Methodists from around the globe representing the World Methodist...

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EU Bishops restate Catholic teaching on migration at UN

The President of COMECE, Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, Archbishop of Luxembourg issued the following statement today:

"You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God" (Leviticus 19:34). Following Pope Francis, the Catholic Church in...

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Pope lights Advent candle for peace in Syria

During the Angelus on Sunday with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of Advent and lit a candle for peace in Syria.

Advent is not just a time of preparation for Christmas, he said, We are also looking forward to the return of Christ at the end of time, as well as our own, personal encounter with Jesus at the end of our lives. In these four weeks of Adven...

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Holy Land: Muslim leader denounces Israeli army occupation of Church land

Sheikh Mohammad Ahmad Husayn

Sheikh Mohammad Ahmad Husayn, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem has publicly denounced the recent occupation of land belonging to the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, by the Israeli army describing it as an act of aggression aimed to increase the occupation of Palestinian territory by Israeli settlers. The Grand Mufti urged world political leaders to intervene to stop the "policy of the accomplished fact" ...

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