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Why this Bishop is Staying in Libya After the ISIS Massacre

Last edited 19th February 2015

“I should stay! How can I leave the Christians alone?” These are the words of Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, in response to the Islamic State’s threats that it plans to take over the country and continue beheading Christians, as it did this past weekend, killing 21 Coptic Christians.

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Lent Prayers Needed for Peace in Iraq

Last edited 18th February 2015

In a message sent to AsiaNews for the start of Lent, His Beatitude Mar Raphael I Louis Sako calls on fellow Chaldeans to work for the unity of the Church, and for peace in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. In it, he also urges his "Muslim brothers and sisters" to take part in the fast for "a few days" during this privileged period of reflection and prayer.

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World's Cardinals Talk Vatican Reform

Last edited 12th February 2015

The reform of the Roman Curia should promote "greater harmony" among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the church and strengthen its ability to evangelize, Pope Francis said. In this video by Catholic News Service, Cardinals-designate Arlindo Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde and Ricardo Perez of Valladolid, Spain, talk about their first impressions of the consistory.

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Curial Reform Aims to Unite Church, says Pope

Last edited 12th February 2015

Reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican Commission for Protection of Minors to Study Issue of Accountability

Last edited 9th February 2015

Making the Church a safe place for children and vulnerable adults means having proper protection procedures in place, making sure they are implemented and holding bishops accountable when they are not. In essence, these are the priorities before the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults which is holding its first full Plenary Assembly since it was set up by Pope Francis in 2013.

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Australian Religious Leaders’ Plea for Mercy for Bali-9 Pair

Last edited 9th March 2015

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad of the Australian National Imams Council have jointly called for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who are facing imminent execution by firing squad in Bali. Their statement, issued on 8 February 2015, is below:

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The Difference Between a Renaming and a Baptism

Last edited 26th January 2015

The Church does not rename pagan traditions as the secularist renames Christian holidays, seasons, symbols and so forth. The Church baptizes the world. The Church impudently gives pagan traditions new meanings, of which a new name is an icon and consequence.

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Latest Islamic State Video Threatens Lives of Two Japanese Hostages

Last edited 20th January 2015

Islamic State has released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages and demanding a $200m (£130m) ransom from their government.

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What It's Really Like to be Married to Jesus

Last edited 18th January 2015

I’m a nun. Technically, I’m a religious Sister, because “nun” refers to cloistered contemplatives. But no matter. We answer to “nun,” too, because it’s in common parlance and rhymes with a lot of words… like “fun.”

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Nigeria Named World's Most Violent Persecutor of Christians

Last edited 18th January 2015

Nigeria has been named as the world's most violent persecutor of Christians. In 2014 Boko Haram's militant Islamic extremists massacred more than 2484 men, women and children of faith. This was followed last week by even more atrocities when it is believed, but as yet unconfirmed, that as many as 2000 were slaughtered by Boko Haram in a bloody attack on Baga, a city in Nigeria's north.

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