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Leader decries attacks

PATRIARCH Gregory III Laham says the “greatest pastoral care and responsibility” lies in “conserving and maintaining” a presence in Syria, “despite crises, wars, the rise of fundamentalism and rejection by others.” The leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church said this while he was addressing the annual meeting of the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. The patriarch ... Read More »

Iraq bishops meeting to discuss nation’s crisis

Iraq attack

CATHOLIC bishops from Iraq are meeting this week to come up with a “rescue plan” amid growing fears that the ISIL Islamist attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country. The meeting of the Chaldean hierarchy, which starts on June 24, comes after the military success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ... Read More »

The Pastoral Project of ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

Evangelii Gaudium

By Ann Schneible “THE Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium” is the title of an international meeting to be held at the Vatican later this year for all those engaged in pastoral care. The meeting, which is being organised by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, will reflect on the central themes of Pope Francis’ first apostolic ... Read More »

Pope to visit Albania

POPE Francis has announced he will visit Albania in September, and has implored faithful worldwide to pray for those suffering in Iraq. Following the midday Angelus prayer on June 15, the Pontiff announced that on September 21, he will visit the Albanian city of Tirana. “With this brief trip I wish to confirm in the faith the Church in Albania, ... Read More »

US nuncio notes five challenges for Catholic educators


Here is an edited version of the May 28 address given by the apostolic nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, to the Centre for Catholic Education and Faith-Based Leadership at its 20th Annual Catholic Education Executive Leadership Dinner. WE know well that Catholic education is more needed today in our culture than at any other time. Our young people are facing ... Read More »

How to be a ‘poor Church for the poor’


THE Vatican has announced a July meeting to explore how the Church can reach out to the “peripheries” and fulfil its charitable mission. The Foundation “Populorum Progressio” for Latin America will hold its annual meeting at the Vatican from July 10-14. Intended to offer an opportunity for reflection, the meeting will take as a starting point Pope Francis’ directions on the ... Read More »

Patriarch to join Pope, presidents in prayer for Holy Land

Pope Francis and Patriarch

THE Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, will be in Rome on Sunday, June 8, to take part in the prayer for peace in the Holy Land. During the Mass in Bethlehem on May 25, Pope Francis invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres to pray with him at the Vatican for peace in the Holy Land. ... Read More »

Pope would be appalled by Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

prisoner's hands through fence

POPE Francis would be appalled at the Australian Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in a TV interview on Monday night. Archbishop Coleridge said in an interview on ABC TV’s Four Corners program that the Holy Father would be “appalled” if he visited Manus Island, where asylum seekers were held under a policy he described as “cruel ... Read More »

Bishop welcomes Egyptian election result

Bishop in Egypt

THE leader of Roman Catholics in Egypt has spoken of how Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s recent victory in the presidential elections is a “cause for hope” both for Christians and Muslims in the country. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Adel Zaky, who is Vicar Apostolic of Alexandria and supreme head of Roman (Latin-rite) ... Read More »

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