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Vatican Publishes Synod Report. Includes List of Votes For and Against

Last edited 19th October 2014

With unprecedented transparency, the Pope called for the Synod's midterm report to be openly distributed. It includes a full list and the votes on the proposals being considered. The document is the edited and approved version of the midterm report presented by Cardinal Erdo, which had 470 proposals. As of now though, the votes don't have any weight as far as implementation.

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Synod Important for "Desperate" Christian Families in Iraq

Last edited 13th October 2014

The solidarity expressed by Synod currently being held in Rome towards Christian families in the Middle East who are experiencing a period of great "difficulty", in particular Iraq, is a very positive signal because it is "important to talk about this situation... and it gives us the strength to go forward", says Msgr. Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, the first Iraqi city to fall into the hands of the militia of the Islamic State.

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Catholic Priest and 20 Parishioners Kidnapped in Syria

Last edited 7th October 2014

A Catholic priest and about 20 of his parishioners have been abducted by Islamic extremists in Syria on the day that Pope Francis called for a summit on the Middle East.

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Vatican's Abuse Panel Plans to Include More Experts, Another Survivor

Last edited 7th October 2014

A papal commission on child protection will be expanding its nine-member panel to include more experts and another survivor of clerical abuse. The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established last December, is now awaiting the pope's approval of members' latest efforts as they aim to lay out a pastoral approach to helping victims and prevent future abuse.

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Laos: Christians Arrested for Prayer Service in Private Home

Last edited 6th October 2014

Police in Laos have released six Christians who were arrested for violating a local order against communal prayer services in homes, the Fides news service reports.

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Bishop Prays for Victims of Plane Crash in Papua New Guinea

Last edited 30th September 2014

In Papua New Guinea, the Bishop of Bereina has prayed for the four persons killed Sept. 20 when their aircraft, which was carrying supplies to a remote village, crashed.

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'You Are Not Alone': Social Media Campaign Supports Persecuted Christians

Last edited 24th September 2014

Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq. In an interview with CNA, Mauricio Artieda, the director of Catholic-Link, discussed the “20 Days for Peace” campaign, which Catholic-Link launched to urge people to pray for the difficult situation faced by Christians in Iraq and Syria.

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How Israel can Bring Peace to the World

Last edited 24th September 2014

A regular MercatorNet contributor, psychologist Israel Kalman, has written this “Open Letter to My Fellow Jews” in the wake of the recent war in Gaza...

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Archbishop Tutu Statement Supporting Australia's Aboriginal People

Last edited 22nd September 2014

South Africa's admired social rights activist, retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu has issued a statement supporting calls for a truth and justice commission to lay bare "the horrors of the past" suffered by Australia's Aboriginal peoples and wants this followed by a national healing process for all Australians.

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Cardinal Dolan: Ukraine 'Flowing with Blood,' America Must Speak Up

Last edited 17th September 2014

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has urged U.S. Catholics to listen to the “chilling” pleas of Greek-Catholic bishops who say Ukraine is “flowing with blood” due to the Russian military’s actions.

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