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Chemist Fired After Rejecting Oral Contraceptives
Last edited 16th February 2014

The Thurgoona Soul Pattinson Chemist - the only pharmacy in an outer suburb of Albury - reignited controversy on social media this week after a photo of a note placed in a packet of oral contraceptive pills was posted on Facebook.


Why Jerusalem Renters are Wary of the Messiah's Arrival
Last edited 14th February 2014

Many Jerusalem residents believe not only that the Messiah will return, but that his arrival is imminent – so imminent they have taken legal precautions to ensure they can return to Jerusalem immediately upon his return.


Pope to American Jewish Committee: Let's work together, let's embrace fraternity
Last edited 14th February 2014

Just months before Pope Francis visits the Holy Land, he met with the American Jewish Committee for the very first time, at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. "We come here with a true feeling that you are our true friend.” The relationship between Catholics and Jews has a complicated history. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the 'Nostra Aetate' document, where the Second Vatican Council laid out the Church's relationship with non-Christian religions.


Christians and Jews Should Build "A More Just and Fraternal World"
Last edited 14th February 2014

Pope Francis on Thursday urged Christians and Jews to cooperate in constructing “a more just and fraternal world” during a meeting with members of the American Jewish Committee. "In this regard, I call to mind in a particular way our common efforts to serve the poor, the marginalized and those who suffer," said Pope Francis. Visit this article from to read more.

One Year Since Kidnapping of Armenian Priest in Syria
Last edited 12th February 2014

The Civil war in Syria has killed over 100,000 people, and displaced millions more, without any regard to age, gender, or religion. Once thriving Christian populations have been decimated. Among their flock, the shepherds also face uncertainty and danger. On February 9, 2013, Fr. Michael Kayal, a Armenian Catholic priest disappeared. He and a Greek-Orthodox colleague had been visiting with families displaced by violence in Aleppo. No one has heard from him since.

Ukrainian Church Leader Asks for Prayers to Resolve National Crisis
Last edited 11th February 2014

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, Ukraine, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, capped a weeklong visit to the United States by asking all people of goodwill to join Ukrainian Catholics in prayer to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Ukraine.


New Video of Abducted Syrian Nuns
Last edited 11th February 2014

A new video showing the religious sisters kidnapped from the Christian town of Ma'aloula 55 km north of Damascus, was released yesterday afternoon by Qatar based Al Jazeera television.


Bishop laments Western governments’ support of Syria’s Islamist rebels
Last edited 10th February 2014

An Armenian Catholic bishop who lived in Syria for the first 50 years of his life urged Western governments to cease supporting Islamist rebel movements in Syria.


From Loreto to Guadalupe: An 18th Century 'Marian Atlas' Includes It All
Last edited 9th February 2014

Nowadays, there are all kinds of maps, but back in the 18th century a Jesuit priest had the unique idea of designing a Marian Atlas, focusing precisely on sites connected to Our Lady.

Queen Elizabeth to meet with Pope Francis in April
Last edited 4th February 2014

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, will visit Rome on April 3, and will meet with both the Pope and the Italian president, the British Monarchy has announced.


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