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World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since Second World War

Palestinian boy

CARITAS Internationalis president Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has warned that the world is facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. Opening a High Level Caritas meeting from September 15 in Rome for the crises in the Middle East, he made an impassioned call for peace. “Further violence is never the answer,” he said. “It will just lead ... Read More »

Pope says without closeness and compassion, excellent preaching is useless

Pope Francis

BEAUTIFUL homilies are useless and mere vanity if you are not close to the people, if you do not suffer with the people and do not give hope. This was Pope Francis’ reflection on September 16 during morning Mass in Santa Marta, the day on which the Church remembers the Sts Cornelius and Cyprian, who were martyrs. The Gospel of ... Read More »

Slaughter of innocents

Abortion crisis in India

THE ratio of female to male infants continues to decline in India and a recent report by the United Nations warned that urgent action is needed to reverse the trend. The report, Sex Ratios and Gender Biased Sex Selection: History, Debates and Future Directions, was published by the organisation UN Women. The ratio has gone from 976 girls to 1000 ... Read More »

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 »

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