Unity is possible

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· ​“When things become dark, more prayer is needed! And there will be more hope”. · This lesson from the Book of Jonah was offered by Pope Francis. Dear Brothers and Sisters, Good morning. In Sacred Scripture, among the prophets of Israel, a rather anomalous figure stands out, a prophet who attempts to avoid the […]

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Pope Francis in Georgia: prayer for peace

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Pope Francis is currently on an Apostolic journey to Georgia. He flew into the nation’s capital Tbilisi on Friday 30th of September and his third and last appointment of the day took place at the Chaldean Catholic Church of Simon ‘Bar Sabbae’, dedicated to a tenth century Coptic Saint. There he met with representatives of […]

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6. Father Dhiya Azziz, OFM

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The story of the Iraqi Franciscan friar Dhiya Azziz, OFM, the parish priest of the Syrian village of Yacoubieh, with whom all contact was lost on December 23 when he was abducted (he was released in early January), is, characteristically for that area of the world, filled with uncertainty. Fr. Azziz, 41, a native of […]

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Seven Points… and an Eighth

Pope Francis in prayer.

In Rome, prelates prepare to debate the nature of the marital bond, the nature of the family in an age of “familylessness,” at the same time that the family of the faith, the Church, remains divided. The wisdom of Simone. “Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The […]

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The Christian Capital of Northern Iraq Falls

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon.

Qaroqosh, the Christian capital of Northern Iraq, the largest Christian city in the country, fell to an advancing Islamic terror army, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), during the night of August 6 to August 7. The Kurdish fighters (the Peshmerga) and Assyrian allies defending the city decided they could not assure the safety […]

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