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"Urbi et Orbi" Christmas Message and Blessing of Pope Francis

On Christmas Day Pope Francis prays for world peace and gives his "Urbi et Orbi" blessing Pope Francis has appealed for peace and for a world in which children across the globe may be able to hope for a future of justice, security and joy. The Pope's words came on Christmas Day as he addressed the city and the world during his traditional [...]

Vatican, Russia agree visa-free diplomatic travel, need for dialogue in Venezuela

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov for talks on Tuesday, during which they discussed issues of international concern and agreed to visa-free diplomatic travel. During the press conference following their talks, the Holy See and the Russian Federation signed an Agreement waiving visa requirements for holders of diplomatic passports. [...]

Unity is possible

· ​“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 Lord’s [...]

By |2017-01-18T18:05:56+00:00Jan 18th, 2017|Categories: Wednesday Audience|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pope Francis in Georgia: prayer for peace

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 the [...]

6. Father Dhiya Azziz, OFM

Father Dhiya Azziz, OFM - The human face of Christianity in a region dominated by chaos, Fr. Azziz, abducted twice by Islamic Jihaists in Syria, symbolizes the crisis of the region The story of the Iraqi Franciscan friar Dhiya Azziz, OFM, the parish priest of the Syrian village of Yacoubieh, with whom all contact [...]

By |2016-02-02T15:46:10+00:00Feb 2nd, 2016|Categories: People|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Seven Points… and an Eighth

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 wall [...]

By |2014-10-01T19:32:43+00:00Oct 1st, 2014|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Christian Capital of Northern Iraq Falls

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 of [...]

By |2014-08-01T17:29:59+00:00Aug 1st, 2014|Categories: Editorial|Tags: , , , , , , |