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How can the Church promote peace in the Holy Land?

As conflict has erupted once again between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarchal Vicar said that the Catholic Church has a unique role to play in bringing about justice and peace. “When two religious communities lay claim to the same area, we have a recipe for disaster, particular when members of the

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Bishops plea for two priests abducted in DRC

am (CNA).- Gunmen have abducted two Catholic priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the country’s bishops to plead that the captives not be harmed. “Priests are men of God who devote their lives to the good of the population without a political agenda. To hurt them is to harm the community they serve,”

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A priest SHOT his assistant in Nigeria. Pray for this troubled diocese

The Catholic Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Rt. Rev. Solomon Amatu, has sacked Rev. Father Christian Amusuo for allegedly shooting his assistant, Rev Father Precious Osuji , who is the  Parish priest of the Church, Eziama – Osuama, in the Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State. Our correspondent learnt on Saturday that his assistant was not also spared, as the prelate

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Mali’s first cardinal, Archbishop Jean Zerbo

Among those bishops who will be created cardinals at the June consistory is Archbishop Jean Zerbo of Bamako, a man who has already been called the “cardinal of peace.” In announcing the June 28 consistory at the Regina Coeli on May 21, Pope Francis expressed the desire to choose men who represent the “catholicity” of

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Christian leaders in Zambia warn against government abuses

The leaders of three major Christian groups in Zambia have issued a strongly worded letter on the political state of the country, calling on Zambians to “examine our conscience, seek the truth, and work towards bringing back hope to our people.” It also accuses the current administration of being a “dictatorship.” The June 16 letter

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How the Church is helping Christians return to Aleppo

Christians who fled Aleppo because of the four year battle for the city are now returning, and in the face of such challenges as poverty, destruction, and a shortages of basic goods, they persevere with the help of the local Church. Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh, a Franciscan priest in the city, told CNA that between January

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Youssef Absi elected Patriarch of Melkite Greek Catholic Church

The synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church elected on Wednesday Archbishop Youssef Absi as the Church’s new patriarch, who received ecclesiastical communion from Pope Francis the following day. Elected June 21, Patriarch Absi, 71, succeeds Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, who retired May 6 at the age of 83. The new patriarch was born in

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Pope Francis sends aid to a troubled South Sudan

After the Vatican stated last month the postponement of Pope Francis’ proposed trip to South Sudan, they announced Wednesday that the Pope will instead send aid to the people suffering from worsening conditions. The Vatican announced June 21 that Pope Francis will be aiding projects in the areas of education, healthcare, and agriculture, called the

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Southern DRC violence has left more than 3,000 dead

More than 3,300 people have been killed since October alone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region, said a report on recent violence by Catholic officials this week. The death toll includes civilians caught in the crossfire of a brutal fight between the Congolese army and an opposing militia group. A report was

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