Category Archives: Middle East

Muslim MP to build a Church in honor of Coptic Pope

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A Muslim MP in Egypt has submitted the first request to build a new church under a controversial law passed last week by the country’s parliament. The law aimed at liberalising church building and renovation was hotly debated and received Church support only at the last minute amid fears it conceded too much to local

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Pope announces new Vatican department and will lead work on refugees

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will merge Vatican departments responsible for justice and peace, migration, charity and health Pope Francis has created a new Vatican department, The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the Vatican has announced. The dicastery will merge four existing Vatican departments; justice and peace, migration, charity and health. In

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Vatican introduces sex education for teens

The Vatican recently rolled out a new sex education course designed to help parents and educators talk to teens about sex and counter messages on social media. The course, published by the Vatican Council for the Family, and called “The Meeting Point: The Adventure of Love,” aims to promote a dialogue between young people and

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Christian persecution is real – emotional exhibit opens in Rome

Christian persecution happens far away from us. We may complain about the atheists or the satanists and their displays, or a lack of public prayer, but this isn’t the hard persecution many Christians face. For most of us, Christian persecution is a remote possibility. However, for many millions of others, persecution is a daily reality.

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Islamic leader wants to legalise polygamy in Italy

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The leader of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy has said there is “no reason” for polygamy not to be legalised after the Italian government passed a law to recognise the union of same-sex civil unions. In a Facebook status, Hamza Piccardo wrote: “There’s no reason for Italy not to accept polygamous marriages of

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New Iraqi priests bring ‘power, hope, and courage’

Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned the dreary mood of displaced Christians into one of joy, which he hopes will give them the strength to stay in their homeland. “My feeling is happy, happy!” Fr. Momika told CNA after his Aug.

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