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Holy Land bishops: some Muslims, along with Christians, face persecution in Middle East
Last edited 4th April 2014

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land has issued a statement emphasizing that Christians are not the only persons are suffering persecution in the Middle East.

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Obama Urged to Create Religious Envoy After Papal Meeting
Last edited 3rd April 2014

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by backing the creation of a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and south central Asia.

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Pope to meet with Britain's Queen Elizabeth in the Vatican
Last edited 3rd April 2014

(Vatican Radio) Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will meet with Pope Francis at a private audience in the Vatican on Thursday afternoon. The Queen, who’ll be accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, will also have a private encounter with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano during the one day visit to Rome.

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Nigerian cardinal criticizes role of sharia, says Muslim leaders must ‘rein in their mad dogs’
Last edited 3rd April 2014

Nigeria’s leading prelate has briefed the German Bishops’ Conference on religion and violence in Nigeria, particularly the violence committed by members of the Islamist terrorist movement Boko Haram.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014
Last edited 2nd April 2014

This year’s biblical and liturgical resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity come to us from Canada.For nearly 70 years The Canadian Council of Churches has been witnessing to ecumenism, to God’s unity in diversity in Canada and today, with 25 member denominations representing over 85% of the Christians in Canada, is the most inclusive church council in the world. This year is the third time that the Week of Prayer materials have been prepared in Canada. The theme is "Has Christ been divided?," a reference to 1 Corinthians 1:1-17.

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Vatican Unveils Online Resources for Canonizations of John XXIII, John Paul II
Last edited 31st March 2014

At a March 31 press conference, Vatican officials outlined preparations for the canonizations of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII.

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Sydney Alliance Launches Common Good Agenda with 2015 State Election in Site
Last edited 31st March 2014

On Wednesday 26 March, leaders and parishioners of Catholic Archdiocese participated in a public assembly called "Bridging Sydney" to support the launch of Sydney Alliance's agenda for the common good towards the 2015 State Election.

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Christian Persecution in Turkey: Orthodox Church Vandalised
Last edited 27th March 2014

A group of young thugs, apparently from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), vandalised an Orthodox Christian church in Istanbul. Although informed of the incident, the police refused to intervene. The desecration took place last Sunday. The church, Agia Paraskevi, is located in ?? Kazl?çe?me, just outside Constantinople's ancient Byzantine walls.


Jerusalem Patriarch says Pope's May Trip to Focus on Christian Unity
Last edited 27th March 2014

When Pope Francis visits the Holy Land in May, he will follow the pattern he set last year in Brazil by meeting with the leaders of the three nations he will visit as well as with the less fortunate. But the trip also will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, and it is for that reason the theme of the trip is: "So that they may be one."


Lebanese Christians, Muslims join in Marian devotion
Last edited 27th March 2014

On March 25—the feast of the Annunciation, which has been a national holiday in Lebanon since 2010—Catholics and Muslims joined in the 8th Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting, which was dedicated to the theme: “Together around Mary, Our Lady.”

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