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Pope meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan
Last edited 8th April 2014

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis received His Majesty the King Abdullah II of Jordan on Monday afternoon. The meeting which lasted 40 minutes took place over tea at the Pope’s residence, the Santa Marta guesthouse.

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A pontificate that is stirring the hearts of all Christians
Last edited 8th April 2014

‘Among Christians, unity is always greater than conflict” was the title the Vatican News Service gave the conclusion of the 47th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. I had the unforgettable privilege of attending the second vespers office for this week at St Paul’s Outside the Walls Basilica in Rome, with about 4,000 people. I accompanied Pope Francis and the Metropolitan Gennadios, the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, and many other denominational representatives. Pope Francis said that “perfect union among brothers and sisters can only come from looking to the mind and heart of Christ, who cannot be divided, who wants to draw us to himself, to the sentiments of his heart … to his radical self-emptying for love of humanity. Christ alone can be the principle, the cause and the driving force for our unity.”


Holy Land Bishops Urge Christian-Muslim Unity Against Extremism
Last edited 6th April 2014

The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk.

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The Queen is in Rome!
Last edited 4th April 2014

Queen Elizabeth II has probably met more Popes than any other queen. She met Pius XII back in 1951 when she was still a princess. Then John XXIII in 1961. John Paul II met her twice at the Vatican and once in the UK, followed by Benedict XVI's visit in 2010. Thursday marks the first meeting between Pope Francis and the Queen. NIGEL BAKERBritish Ambassador to the Holy See"It will be an unusual visit, in one sense, at the Vatican because unlike her previous visits to Rome, protocol will be very light. This is a mutual preference.” Despite the casual and informal atmosphere, the meeting is quite symbolic. 2014, marks 100 years since the UK and the Holy See established diplomatic relations.


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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