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Fifty Years of Catholic Church Dialogue with Other Religions
Last edited 12th November 2013

"The Catholic Church is conscious of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions," said Pope Francis at the beginning of his pontificate to the representatives of the Churches and ecclesial communities and other religions.

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Pakistan: Life of Christian Pastor Accused of Blasphemy in Danger
Last edited 11th November 2013

Adnan Masih, a Christian clergyman in Lahore, has been accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad. After charges were laid against him, an Islamic extremist group began making death threats. The prosecutor in charge of the case ordered police to launch a thorough investigation, as well as protect the accused and his family until the matter is cleared up. A radical organisation, Jamat-ul-Dawa, said however that it could kill the man "even if he is in custody."


The Vatican in the World Community
Last edited 11th November 2013

With Pope Francis and the Vatican very much in the news two recent books by former ambassadors to the Holy See contain some interesting insights into the Church.

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Remembrance Day Ceremonies to Mark 95 Years Since End of World War I
Last edited 10th November 2013

The sacrifice of diggers in past and present conflicts is set to be commemorated today at hundreds of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Australia. A minute's silence will be observed at 11:00am to mark 95 years since the guns fell silent in 1918.


Legal Status of Church in Republic of Chad Established
Last edited 7th November 2013

The Holy See and the Republic of Chad have signed an agreement regarding the legal status of the Catholic Church in Chad. The agreement, made yesterday in the seat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country’s capital city of Yamena, was signed on behalf of the Holy See by Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, apostolic nuncio in Chad, and for the Republic of Chad by Moussa Faki Mahamat, minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration.


A group of Muslims restores the Basilica of Gethsemane
Last edited 6th November 2013

It took 18 months work and €600,000 to restore the Basilica of Gethsemane back to its original splendour. Restoration work on the precious mosaics has finished and the 5000 pilgrims that visit the Basilica of Agony in Jerusalem every year will once more be able to linger amid the Church’s ancient aisles, their heads tilted backwards, immersed in a nocturnal atmosphere, intensified by the dark blue starry sky depicted on the mosaics which is framed by olive branches.

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Vatican Directs Faithful not to Host Medjugorje 'Seers'
Last edited 6th November 2013

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has instructed the Catholic faithful not to participate in events in which the "seers" of Medjugorje promise apparitions of the Virgin Mary. For years, the group of people who have reported visions of the Blessed Mother at Medjugorje have made public appearances in churches, announcing in advance that "apparitions" will take place. Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the CDF, has called for an end to church sponsorships of these events.


Muslims & Christians Lobby to Exonerate a Woman Accused of Blasphemy
Last edited 5th November 2013

The active collaboration between Muslim religious leaders and Pakistani Christian activists has allowed, once again, the peaceful resolution of an alleged case of blasphemy against a poor (and innocent) woman, belonging to a religious minority. The incident occurred in recent days in Faisalabad, Punjab, the province with the largest Christian community.


Arab Unrest Sparks Vocation Crisis for Eastern Catholic Churches
Last edited 3rd November 2013

November 2, 2013 (Romereports.com) The most recent report from Catholic NGO Aid to the Church in Need nicknamed the Arab Spring movement as a “Christian Winter,” a period of oppression for Middle East Christians.

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Chinese Bishop Under House Arrest Makes Rare Public Appearance
Last edited 4th November 2013

Shanghai’s Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who has been under house arrest since July 2012, made a rare public appearance last week, the UCANews service reports.

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