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Holy Father's Bosnia Trip Aims to Build Bridges in Divided Nation

Last edited 5th June 2015

Pope Francis' concern for those suffering on the margins and for small Catholic communities that have kept the faith alive through war or repression will take him to Bosnia-Herzegovina in early June. By making a one-day trip June 6 to Sarajevo, he said he hoped he could "be an encouragement for the Catholic faithful, give rise to the development of the good and contribute to strengthening fraternity, peace, interreligious dialogue and friendship."


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Persecuted Christians in Iraq Plead 'Don’t Forget Us'

Last edited 26th May 2015

Don’t forget us,” said bishops, priests and faithful from Mosul, Iraq, earlier this year. After being subjected to violence and threats from the Islamic State group and forced to choose conversion to Islam or death, they had abandoned the life they had built. Running into the deserts for days, they reached, exhausted and penniless, refugee camps the Iraqi Church had set up for them.


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What is Pentecost? Why Does It Matter?

Last edited 22nd May 2015

For Christians, Pentecost is a holiday on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday.

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Pope Francis: Pray that China’s Catholics will be United to the Pope

Last edited 20th May 2015

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai,” Pope Francis said. “In the statue overlooking the shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy.”

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Kenyan Bishop on International Indifference after Massacre of 150 Christian Students

Last edited 17th May 2015

When Pope Francis met with Bishops from Kenya, one of the main issues they talked about was the recent massacre of 150 Christian students in the University of Garissa. It's an attack that was carried out by Muslim extremists. On Holy Thursday, Christian students were separated for Muslims and were then shot. Visibly shaken, Bishop Anthony Muheria says he was disappointed by the international reaction, which didn't pay much attention to the tragedy.


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Christians May be Facing Worst Persecution in Millenia

Last edited 10th May 2015

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recently released a report that describes violations of religious freedom in more than 30 countries throughout the world. The chair of the Commission said that Christians are facing some of the worst persecution in the history of the religion.

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Vatican Approves Statutes for Papal Commission for Protecting Minors

Last edited 10th May 2015

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors received temporary approval of its first set of statutes. U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston -- one of the pope's top cardinal advisers and president of the pontifical commission, had submitted a draft of the statutes, which were approved "by mandate of the supreme pontiff" April 21 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.


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Pope to Lutherans: In Christian Unity, Don't Be Afraid of the Tough Issues

Last edited 5th May 2015

Christians in pursuit of unity should not be afraid to broach potential areas of disagreement such as marriage, family, and sexuality, Pope Francis said in a meeting with the head of Sweden's Lutheran church.


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Who Would Dare to Love ISIS? (A Letter from the People of the Cross)

Last edited 24th April 2015

As the world responds to the Islamic State with hatred and vengeance, there is one group that is responding differently. They are not allies with ISIS but enemies. And they have been slain by the thousands in the hands of ISIS. ISIS calls them The Nation of the Cross - The ones they have killed are bringing a message of forgiveness and hope. Declaring a love that they do not know - A love that reconciles even the worst of us and can make enemies into brothers.

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Pope Expresses Sorrow Over Execution of 30 Christians by the Islamic State

Last edited 21st April 2015

The Pope has sent his condolences to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abuna Matthias, over the murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State terrorists. On Sunday, the terrorist organization released a video depicting the execution of 30 men. Half were beheaded and half were shot. In his message, Pope Francis expresses sorrow and dismay at the latest murder of Christians.

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