Christians in Kurdish controlled Syria fear for their safety

Afrin - Wiki image Bertramz

The city of Afrin in northern Syria is under attack by the Turkish military and its allies. A church in Afrin has issued a plea for protection from the international community. The Church of the Good Shepherd, one of the local churches in the Afrin, asked today for prayer for an end to the attacks on their city and urged the international community to stop the bombings and protect the citizens...

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WCC: Beyond national borders, we are one humanity

Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

Speaking at a reception hosted by UNICEF yesterday, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveitoffered an ecumenical vision on migration, inclusion and justice. "In a situation of historical crises it is important to make decisions that show our shared human values," he said. "It is critically important to take care of human dignity in developing sustainable, ...

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Pope's in-flight press conference on return from Lima

Pope Francis returned to Rome today, concluding his 22nd Apostolic Journey outside Italy. During the press conference on the flight back from Lima, the Holy Father spoke about the warmth of the people of Chile and Peru and addressed the subject of his defence of a bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse, the in-flight wedding he presided over, and the liberal policies of some South American ...

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Pope leaves Peru with message of hope


An immense crowd gathered at Las Palmas Air Base, Lima, for Pope Francis' final Mass in Peru yesterday. Reflecting on the day's readimgs, the Pope said: "The Lord sets out on a journey: to Nineveh, to Galilee, to Lima, to Trujillo and Puerto Maldonado… the Lord comes here.. He sets out to enter into our individual, concrete histories."

Pope Francis said God wants "to be with us always....

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South Africa: AoS supports unpaid seafarers in Durban

Fr  Giraldo on board the stranded vessel

A group of seafarers were left in limbo in the port of Durban, South Africa, after their ship was detained following the non-payment of wages. The crew from tug/supply ship PSD2 had not been paid for up to 15 months. They also needed food and fresh water, and two crewmembers were in need of immediate medical attention. The Tanzanian-flagged vessel, which arrived in Durban on December...

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Text: Pope's address to Peruvian Bishops

On his last day in Peru, Pope Francis met with the country's bishops, in the Archbishop's Palace in Lima. He encouraged them to follow the example of their predecessor Saint Toribio, who - rather than stay in the relative comfort of the bishop's residence - spent 18 years of his 22 years as a bishops traveling around his diocese, ministering to the people..

"He knew that this was the one ...

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Pope Francis tells young people: Jesus is never discouraged with us

Pope Francis was greeted by exhuberant crowds gathered in Plaza de Armas Square, Lima for the Angelus yesterday. The official text of his address, follows:

Dear young people, I am pleased to be here with you. These meetings are very important for me, especially in this year of preparation for the Synod on young people. Your faces, your questions and your lives are important for...

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Pope advises Contemplative Sisters: Be beacons through your lives

Pope Francis visited the Contemplative Sisters at the Lord of the Miracles Shrine in Lima yesterday for Morning Prayer. *** Dear Sisters from different monasteries of contemplative life:

How good it is to be here in this Shrine of the Lord of Miracles, visited so often by Peruvians, to ask his grace so that he will show us his closeness and mercy! He is "the light that gu...

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Peru: Pope crowns Virgen De La Puerta


Pope Francis declared and crowned the Immaculate Virgin of the Gate of Otuzco: Our Lady of the Gate, 'Mother of Mercy and Hope' on Saturday. Addressing the crowds at the Marian Celebration of Virgen De La Puerta in Plaza de Armas, in Trujillo. the Holy Father assured the people of Peru that Mary is a mother who does not abandon her children. "She is a mother who knows the heart of her Peruvian ...

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Peru: Pope encourages children to get an education

Pope Francis visited the Hogar El Principito - the Home of the Little Prince - a home for young and abandoned children on his first day in Peru. Hundreds gathered to greet him as he arrived and the children gave a short performance of singing and dancing. During his address the Holy Father encouraged the children to get an education, to be proud of their own culture and to work for a better fut...

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Peru: Pope voices environmental concerns in address to authorities, diplomats

Pope Francis expressed his concern over the destruction of the eco-system of the Amazon, and the impact on communities and the environment, during his address to Peruvian authorities and the diplomatic corps on his arrival in Lima, Peru on Friday. The full text of his address follows:

Mr President, Members of the Government and the Diplomatic Corps, Disting...

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Boston Cardinal reaffirms Pope Francis' commitment to abuse victims

In a statement today, Cardinal Seán Patrick O'Malley Archbishop of Boston, said: "Pope Francis fully recognises the egrarious failures of the Church and its clergy who abused children. He said: "It is understandable that Pope Francis' statements yesterday in Santiago, Chile were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy or any other perpetrator. Words ...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts today. This year's resources were developed by churches in the Caribbean, on the theme of 'victory over oppression, 'that all may be free' from Exodus 15

The daily material raise some of the contemporary issues addressed by the churches of the Caribbean. They write: "Abuses of human rights are found across the region and we are challeng...

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Pope Francis: Mary is with us always and knows all our troubles

Mary is always with us, in every moment of our daily lives, and she also is well aware of what burdens our hearts. Pope Francis stressed this during the huge outdoor Mass he presided over in Iquique yesterday, his last major event in Chile before heading off to Peru.

Recalling the day's Gospel according to St John, which tells of the Wedding at Cana, the Pope went on to say how Jesus work...

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