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To the bishops of Guinea: Discord between christians is the greatest obstacle to evangelisation
Last edited 25th March 2014

Vatican City, 24 March 2014 (VIS) – Gratitude for the great work of evangelisation that is taking place in Guinea, despite a lack of material resources, and invitations to unity, reconciliation and dialogue with members of other religions were the key points of the Pope's address to the bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Guinea, whom he received in audience this morning, at the end of their “ad limina” visit.


Vanier: 'still work to do' in Church re people with disabilities
Last edited 25th March 2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met on Friday with Jean Vanier, founder of the International Federation of L’Arche, where people with and without disabilities live and work together in community.

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Boston Cardinal, Abuse Survivor Among Members of Vatican Commission
Last edited 24th March 2014

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, four women -- including a survivor of clerical sex abuse -- two Jesuit priests and an Italian lawyer are the first eight members of the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Pope Francis established the commission in December; announcing the first members March 22, the Vatican said they would help define the tasks and competencies of the commission and help identify other potential members.

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The Separation of Church and State - Christopher Stefanick
Last edited 23rd March 2014

The "wall of separation between church and state" doesn't mean the public square should be free from the presence or influence of faith. It means our faith is free from the strong arming influence of the state, and we can express it ANYWHERE and let it influence every activity we engage in (not just the way we worship behind closed doors...but, for example, even the kind of health care we people of faith provide our employees). I'm not pushing for theocracy.

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What is the relation between the Church and the Jews?
Last edited 21st March 2014

Jews are the "older brethren" of Christians, because God loved them first and spoke to them first. Jesus Christ as man is a Jew, and this fact unites us. The Church recognizes in him the Son of the living God, and this fact separates us. In awaiting the final coming of the Messiah we are one.The Jewish faith is the root of our faith. The Sacred Scripture of the Jews, which we call the Old Testament, is the first part of our Sacred Scripture.

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Worldwide Christian Persecution a Growing Trend, Report Shows
Last edited 19th March 2014

In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency. The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces, unfortunately, and many places.” Visit this article by Catholic News Agency to read more.


Our Lady of Arabia
Last edited 19th March 2014

Bishop Camillo Ballin of the Catholic Vicariate of Northern Arabia travels to the U.S. to find funds to build the first Catholic cathedral in Bahrain.

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The Reality of Christian Persecution in Our Modern World
Last edited 19th March 2014

After the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the first Christians literally risked their lives in order to practice their faith. 2,000 years later, has anything changed? In this interview for Xt3's 2014 Lent Calendar, Dr John Rees explores the reality of Christian persecution in our modern world.

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Should Christianity Still Have a Voice in the Public Square?
Last edited 19th March 2014

Hardly a day goes by without mention in the press of an apparent collision between Christianity and today’s so-called ‘secular culture.’So should Christianity still have a voice in the public square?’ Bishop Philip Egan from the Diocese of Portsmouth gave an address on this topic recently at Kings College London.

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Ukrainian Catholics Fear 'New Oppression' after Russian Takeover
Last edited 16th March 2014

A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent.

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