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Papal envoy says Iraqi minorities facing genocide and calls for urgent action

Iraqi woman

POPE Francis’ special envoy to Iraq has said Christians and religious minorities in the country are facing genocide and the international community must act quickly to come to their aid. In an interview with the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire Wednesday, Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Iraqis had told him the world must urgently help them and “not wait until they are ... Read More »

Leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community asks people to join prayer day

Archbishop Louis R. Sako

THE leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community has joined with an international Catholic charity, calling for a global day of prayer for peace in Iraq today, August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration is one of the 12 great feasts of the Eastern Church – which is why it has been selected by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael ... Read More »

Pope thanks 14-year-old Irish girl for supporting her abused mother

Pope Francis

POPE Francis has sent a thank-you note to a 14-year-old girl in Ireland. The Holy Father wrote Nicole Kane, of County Carlow, Ireland, a personal letter thanking her for being “such a support” to her mother, who was sexually abused, reported the Irish Times on Wednesday. “Thank you for writing to me,” the Pope’s letter read, “I am grateful that ... Read More »

Firing health professionals who refuse to abort babies is watershed moment for Europe

Pro-life supporters

By Roger Kiska, of Alliance Defending Freedom A DOCTOR in Poland was recently fined and sacked from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital, Warsaw, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage. Dr Bogdan Chazan is pre-eminent in his field and recognised throughout Poland ... Read More »

Soccer players to play in “Match for Peace” in Rome

THE Vatican has announced that some of the world’s most famous soccer players will participate in a sporting event aimed at uniting people of different religions. The “Inter-religious Match for Peace” will be held on September 1 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. With proceeds to be donated to charity, the event will involve international players and coaches such as ... Read More »

Papal diplomat: Pope’s words having impact in Holy Land

POPE Francis’ words on the conflict in Gaza are having an impact in the Holy Land and on a “truly tragic” situation, the apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine has said. In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, who is a former apostolic nuncio to Australia, said the Pope’s words had had “a major impact” and were relayed ... Read More »

Council of Cardinals meeting described as ‘free, frank, friendly’

THE pontifical councils on the laity and the family were studied in particular depth at the latest meeting at the Vatican of the Council of Cardinals. This was reported in a statement from the Vatican on July 4. The statement on July 4, the last day of the gathering, described the latest meeting of the council as “free, frank and ... Read More »

Cardinals discuss structure of Vatican Bank ‘in depth’

Pope Francis and cardinals

THE Vatican has said the council of eight cardinals tasked with reforming the Roman Curia met on the morning of July 1 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, as planned. It said Pope Francis is participating in all the meetings; on the morning of July 2, he participated in the entire meeting, as the general audiences have been suspended. Secretary of ... Read More »

Pope calls bishops to imitate St Peter’s trust in God

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, preaching on the feast of Sts Peter and Paul, said the witness of St Peter reminds us “that our true refuge is trust in God”. Thousands of faithful gathered in St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday to celebrate the feast. Pope Francis presided at the Mass, which saw the traditional presence of the delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of ... Read More »

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