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Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Accept Invitation for Peace Meeting at Vatican
Last edited 25th May 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that they have accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join him at the Vatican for an encounter of prayer. Pope Francis issued his invitation at the close of a papal mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square on May 25, asking both men “to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer.”

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Common Declaration signed by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Last edited 25th May 2014

Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, on Sunday held private talks in Jerusalem and signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to continue on the path towards unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Their encounter marked the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras in 1964.

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Site for the Pope's Ecumenical Gathering
Last edited 22nd May 2014

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is the chosen location for the ecumenical meeting on Sunday between Pope Francis and Bartholomew. The basilica sits atop the historical sites of the Crucifixion, and Christ's tomb. The building's architecture is very complex, influenced greatly by the Crusaders, which conquered Jerusalem in 1099.

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'Walking The Camino' Documentary Offers A Glimpse At Real Life On The Road To Santiago
Last edited 22nd May 2014

"500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury."

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Pope Francis' Holy Land Schedule: A Tour Of The Sacred Sites The Pope Will Visit
Last edited 22nd May 2014

Pope Francis sets out for the Holy Land on May 24, and not a minute of his three-day trip will be wasted. The pope will visit some of the most sacred sites in the Holy Land and meet with Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders.

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UK Catholics, Anglicans to Pray for Pope's Visit to Bethlehem
Last edited 22nd May 2014

Anglicans and Catholics in the United Kingdom will together pray for Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to the Christians of Bethlehem.

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Hispanics in the Catholic Church
Last edited 19th May 2014

The growing number of Hispanics in the Catholic Church in America has brought many new members, but also poses significant challenges, according to two recent studies. The first study, published by Boston College, noted that already Hispanics make up 31.2 million of America’s 71.8 million Catholics. There are 4,368 Catholic parishes, nearly one in four of the national total, with some form of ministry to Hispanics. Visit this article by Fr. John Flynn to read more.


A look at the Pope's coming visit to Palestine
Last edited 19th May 2014

The three day trip to the Holy Land is so packed, that Pope Francis will spend only nine hours on the ground in Palestine. Still his Sunday visit to Bethlehem on May 25 is full of symbolism.

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Report: Intolerance Against Christians Rising in Europe
Last edited 19th May 2014

An organisation monitoring attacks on Christians in Europe has revealed that 241 cases of intolerance were aimed at Christians in 2013, and it warns that the number of incidents is increasing.

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Inter-religious conference demands release of Nigerian kidnap victims
Last edited 18th May 2014

Yesterday afternoon the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (Amman, Jordan) and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue concluded their Third Colloquium in the Jordanian capital. Held under the joint patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal and His Eminence Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Vatican dicastery, the theme chosen this year was “Meeting current challenges through education”. At the end of the meeting which, as mentioned by the participants, took place on the eve of Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land, considered a source of hope for all the populations in this region – a communique was issued, beginning with a strong condemnation of “all forms of violence, and most recently the kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls”, calling for “their immediate release, so that they can return to their families and their schools”. They also advocated peaceful resolutions to all ongoing conflicts.

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