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As World Celebrates Easter Anti-Christian Violence Continues to Escalate
Last edited 17th April 2014

Easter is the most holy week of the Christian calendar but as millions prepare to mark the crucifixion of Christ followed by the joy of His resurrection, the persecution of Christians worldwide continues to escalate.

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Archbishop Chaput Extends Passover Greeting to Jewish Community
Last edited 14th April 2014

Ahead of the Jewish observance of Passover, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has written to Philadelphia’s Jewish community to extend “the prayerful best wishes” of the Catholics of his archdiocese.

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Catholic Convent & Maronite Village Targets of Vandals in Israel
Last edited 9th April 2014

A Catholic convent near Jerusalem and a largely Maronite village in Galilee were damaged in recent weeks as a two-year wave of vandalism directed at Christians and Muslims in Israel and the West Bank continued.

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Married Man’s Ordination Reveals Unusual Prohibition on Eastern Catholics
Last edited 9th April 2014

ST. LOUIS — Surrounded by his wife, daughter and the bishops of his Church, Father Wissam Akiki made history in February as the first married man in 90 years to enter the priesthood for the Maronite Catholic Church in the U.S.

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Launch of "Jesus and the Dreaming" Celebrates Late Priest's Commitment to Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue
Last edited 8th April 2014

Father Frank Fletcher MSC was a well-known theological scholar and one of Sydney's most well-loved priests, and his ground-breaking book "Jesus and the Dreaming: Discovering Australian Spirituality through Aboriginal-Christian Dialogue," will be officially launched in Sydney in coming days.

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Official Web Site Launched for Pope's Visit to Holy Land
Last edited 8th April 2014

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (the bishops of the different Catholic rites), have created a “Media Commission” in anticipation of Pope Francis' May 24-26 pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

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Pope meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan
Last edited 8th April 2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received His Majesty the King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday afternoon. The meeting which lasted 40 minutes took place over tea at the Pope’s residence, the Santa Marta guesthouse.

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A pontificate that is stirring the hearts of all Christians
Last edited 8th April 2014

‘Among Christians, unity is always greater than conflict” was the title the Vatican News Service gave the conclusion of the 47th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. I had the unforgettable privilege of attending the second vespers office for this week at St Paul’s Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome, with about 4,000 people. I accompanied Pope Francis and the Metropolitan Gennadios, the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, and many other denominational representatives. Pope Francis said that “perfect union among brothers and sisters can only come from looking to the mind and heart of Christ, who cannot be divided, who wants to draw us to himself, to the sentiments of his heart … to his radical self-emptying for love of humanity. Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force for our unity.”


Holy Land Bishops Urge Christian-Muslim Unity Against Extremism
Last edited 6th April 2014

The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk.

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The Queen is in Rome!
Last edited 4th April 2014

Queen Elizabeth II has probably met more Popes than any other queen. She met Pius XII back in 1951 when she was still a princess. Then John XXIII in 1961. John Paul II met her twice at the Vatican and once in the UK, followed by Benedict XVI's visit in 2010. Thursday marks the first meeting between Pope Francis and the Queen. NIGEL BAKERBritish Ambassador to the Holy See"It will be an unusual visit, in one sense, at the Vatican because unlike her previous visits to Rome, protocol will be very light. This is a mutual preference.” Despite the casual and informal atmosphere, the meeting is quite symbolic. 2014, marks 100 years since the UK and the Holy See established diplomatic relations.


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