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Pope Writes to New Cardinals: It's not a Promotion, but a Service that Demands a Wider Vision
Last edited 13th January 2014

On the same day he announced their names, Pope Francis wrote to the 19 prelates he chose to become members of the College of Cardinals. In the letter, the Pope said becoming a cardinal is not a "promotion," but rather an expansion of their vision in service to God. He asked that if they celebrate, to do it with "austerity and poverty," as well as


Is Ordinary time a boring time in the Church Calendar? Why is it called Ordinary?
Last edited 30th January 2014

Dear Fr. John, I see today is the first day of Ordinary time. I am wondering why the Church uses the term Ordinary for Ordinary time? It gives the impression that it is a boring time of the Church year is this the case?

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Drastic Increase in Murders of Religious, Missionaries in 2013
Last edited 9th January 2014

The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful.

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Coptic Orthodox Celebrate Christmas under Tight Security but Without Violence
Last edited 7th January 2014

The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox celebrated Christmas in the hope of a "new life" brought by the birth of Jesus and in fear of attacks by Islamic extremists. Last night, thousands of people attended the traditional vigil in the cathedral of Abasseya (Cairo) , presided over by Patriarch Tawadros II.

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Malaysia: Bibles Seized Over 'Allah' Controversy
Last edited 6th January 2014

Malaysian authorities have seized 321 Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia in Selangor, because they used the word "Allah" for the Christian God. In addition, two Christian leaders were arrested.

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Pope Calls for Updated Rules on ties Between Bishops, Religious Orders
Last edited 5th January 2014

During a November 29 session with leaders of religious orders, Pope Francis called upon men and women religious to “wake up the world,” and said that existing Church rules governing the relations between bishops and religious orders are outdated.


22 Church Workers Slain Worldwide in 2013
Last edited 5th January 2014

In the year 2013, 22 Church workers were killed, the Fides news service reports. That total nearly doubles the toll of 13 pastoral workers who suffered violent deaths in 2012.


Christmas in Abu Dhabi: Churches "Overflowing to Pray for Peace"
Last edited 26th December 2013

The Churches of Abu Dhabi and the entire region of southern Arabia are preparing for Christmas with great celebrations that are drawing tens of thousands of people. This year, services are centred on peace and reconciliation among all those involved in violence and conflict.

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Amid War and Crises, Christmas is the Middle East's Real Hope
Last edited 22nd December 2013

On his first Christmas as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Mar Raphael Louis Sako has issued a Christmas message for Christians in the Middle East, encouraging them to look at this time of year with hope and joy, despite the ongoing conflicts in the region.

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Church of England Agrees to Play Vatican at Cricket
Last edited 22nd December 2013

The Church of England has agreed to play a cricket match with the newly formed “Vatican cricket club”, with Lord’s cricket ground as the planned venue. The match is scheduled to take place in September 2014, probably at the “home of cricket”, although Lord’s has yet to be officially approached.

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