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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.


Pope condemns anti-Semitism in every form

Pope Francis in  Auschwitz-Birkenau 2016

Pope Francis received a delegation from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre on Monday.

During the meeting the Pope recalled his visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and condemned antisemitism in every form.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has maintained contacts with the Holy See for decades, said the Pope, "in a shared desire to make the world a better place in respect for human...

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Letter: The time is right to recognise Palestine

Sir Vincent Fean, Chair of trustees of the Balfour Project writes:

The Balfour Project drafted the letter below, appearing in the Times today, signed by Parliamentarians from the four biggest British parties.

Last week a group of Catholic Bishops and the Anglican Bishop of Southwark issued a communique at the end of their latest visit to Palestine. The Bis...

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Nigeria: Released hostage reports that Leah Sharibu is alive and well

One of five aid workers released by the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) faction of Boko Haram on 15 January has said that Leah Sharibu, the 16 year-old schoolgirl abducted from her school in northeast Nigeria in February 2018, is alive and well.

Jennifer Ukambong Samuel, who works for Action for International Medical Alliance (ALIMA), was abducted on 22 December 2019 while tra...

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Christian Aid remembers legacy of Nigeria civil war + video

Brian Sheen with medical team in Nigeria 1968

People in Nigeria and Britain "must take time for reflection and remembrance of the Biafran War", historian David Olusoga has said at a Christian Aid reception marking 50 years since the end of Nigerian's deadly civil conflict.

David Olusoga OBE -- a British-Nigerian historian, writer and broadcaster - made these remarks at a reception in Lambeth Palace, London, which took place on Januar...

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Special Mass in St Peters Basilica for Shrine of Knock

Ireland's National Marian Shrine will be participating at a special Mass in St Peters Basilica to celebrate the 'Sunday of the Word of God' on Sunday, 26 January.

In the Apostolic Letter 'Aperuit Illis' of September 2019, Pope Francis announced his desire to devote the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time as a day of reflection to highlight the importance of the Word of God for all Christians. H...

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South Africa: Belgian Oblate priest killed

South African police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the alleged murder of a Belgian priest, found dead inside his home.a village west of Johannesburg.

Oblate Father Joseph Hollander, aged 83, was found dead in his house in the village of Bodibe, some 200 kilometres west of Johannesburg.

The Flemish priest's body was reportedly found tied up, but with no signs of ...

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Burkina Faso: Sisters offer mercy amid the madness

l-r: Sister Pauline and Sister Marie Bernadette  - Image ACN

Religious Sisters in Burkina Faso have described how they are risking their lives to provide food and sanctuary to hundreds of people - women, the elderly and children - fleeing the violence engulfing the country.

Sister Pauline and Sister Marie Bernadette, current and former General Superior of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, gave Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) a dramatic acco...

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Australia: Catholic Bishops support Climate Change Bill

injured koala

The Catholic Bishops of Australia have announced that they will support a proposed Bill on a National Framework for Adaptation and Action on climate change.

A statement by Catholic Earthcare Australia, the ecological agency established by the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference said that the bishops give their support "in principle" to the Private members Bill that is to be submitted ...

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Bishops insist on application of international law in Holy Land

Mass at Latin Patriarchate School, Ramallah

Bishops from across Europe and North America have called on their governments today, to insist on the application of international law in Israel and Palestine, following their visit to the Holy Land this week.

The bishops of the Holy Land Coordination, who visit the region every year in support of the local Church to promote dialogue and peace, said they were inspired by the enduring resi...

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Philippines: Church offers practical help, prayers for volcano evacuees

Evacuees in emergency shelter - imabe CBCP

One of the most active volcanoes of the Philippines, Taal Volcano, in the middle of a lake about 70 km south of the capital, Manila, has been spewing smoke and ash since Sunday. The government has ordered about half million people to evacuate from within a 14-km radius of the volcano.

Catholic churches in the Philippines have joined their fellow citizens in providing much-needed disaster ...

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Pope appoints first woman to senior Vatican role

Dr Francesca Di Giovanni at UN

Pope Francis has appointed Dr Francesca Di Giovanni as under-secretary for the Section for Relations with States. She will be responsible for the multilateral sector.

Born in Palermo in 1953, Dr Di Giovanni is currently an official of the Secretariat of State, where she has worked for 27 years.

Dr Di Giovanni holds a law degree. After completing practicum as a notary, she worked in ...

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Bishops from Europe and North America visit Gaza

Gaza border crossing. When open, it can take hours to pass through - image: ICHD

Bishops from across Europe and North America are currently on their annual visit to the Holy Land in support of the Christian community there. As part of their itinerary, the group visited Gaza at the weekend to see for themselves the political and socio-economic realities for the people that live there.

In 2012, the United Nations published a report which found that by the year 2020 Gaza...

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Stella Maris port chaplain directory 2020 launched

Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) has launched a brand new version of its global port chaplains' directory which helps seafarers get quick access to pastoral and practical support wherever they are in the world.

The Stella Maris Port Chaplain Directory 2020 lists phone numbers and email addresses of the charity's 230 chaplains in over 300 ports and terminals across 41 countries.

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Book on priestly celibacy: A clarification by Archbishop Gänswein

Archbishop Georg Gänswein

The Prefect of the Papal Household and Personal Secretary of the Pope Emeritus says that Benedict XVI had not authorized the joint signature as co-author of Cardinal Sarah's essay on priestly celibacy. Vatican News reports that Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household and Personal Secretary of the Pope Emeritus has issued a statement to the KNA and Ansa news agencie...

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