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Fifty Years of Ecumenical Dialogue Since Vatican II
Last edited 29th October 2014

Catherine Clifford is professor of Systemic and Historical theology at Saint Paul University, Ottawa. During an interview with Catholic Communications, Archdiocese of Sydney on Tuesday 28 October 2014, Prof. Clifford explained that most Catholics see Vatican II as the moment the liturgy changed. Although this was the most visibly experience of the people in the pews, Prof. Clifford explained that the change in the Church was more profound than that, particularly in the area of ecumenical dialogue.

Asia Bibi to Pope Francis: Pray for Me, Your Daughter
Last edited 28th October 2014

A Catholic woman condemned to death in Pakistan for allegedly violating the country's blasphemy law has asked Pope Francis for his prayers, saying that she trusts in God’s plan for her life.


'Don’t Abandon Us' - Church in Mosul, Iraq 'No Longer Exists'
Last edited 23rd October 2014

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.


Church to Appeal Asia Bibi Death Penalty
Last edited 21st October 2014

Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country’s Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children.


Pakistan to Execute Christian Sentenced for Blasphemy
Last edited 21st October 2014

A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said Friday.


Vatican Publishes Synod Report. Includes List of Votes For and Against
Last edited 19th October 2014

With unprecedented transparency, the Pope called for the Synod's midterm report to be openly distributed. It includes a full list and the votes on the proposals being considered. The document is the edited and approved version of the midterm report presented by Cardinal Erdo, which had 470 proposals. As of now though, the votes don't have any weight as far as implementation.

Synod Important for "Desperate" Christian Families in Iraq
Last edited 13th October 2014

The solidarity expressed by Synod currently being held in Rome towards Christian families in the Middle East who are experiencing a period of great "difficulty", in particular Iraq, is a very positive signal because it is "important to talk about this situation... and it gives us the strength to go forward", says Msgr. Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, the first Iraqi city to fall into the hands of the militia of the Islamic State.


Catholic Priest and 20 Parishioners Kidnapped in Syria
Last edited 7th October 2014

A Catholic priest and about 20 of his parishioners have been abducted by Islamic extremists in Syria on the day that Pope Francis called for a summit on the Middle East.


Vatican's Abuse Panel Plans to Include More Experts, Another Survivor
Last edited 7th October 2014

A papal commission on child protection will be expanding its nine-member panel to include more experts and another survivor of clerical abuse. The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established last December, is now awaiting the pope's approval of members' latest efforts as they aim to lay out a pastoral approach to helping victims and prevent future abuse.

Laos: Christians Arrested for Prayer Service in Private Home
Last edited 6th October 2014

Police in Laos have released six Christians who were arrested for violating a local order against communal prayer services in homes, the Fides news service reports.


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