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New Ukrainian Orthodox head to face questions of independence

Aug 19, 2014 - 04:02 am .- The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine's eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say.

Italian bishops call on faithful to pray for Iraqi Christians

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:04 am .- As the plight of Christians and other religious minorities intensifies under the spread of the Islamic State, Italian charities and dioceses are putting into action a series of initiatives to help displaced Iraqis.

Students of Benedict XVI to discuss theology of the cross at encounter

Aug 13, 2014 - 12:03 am .- The annual meeting of Benedict XVI's students from his time at the University of Regensburg will gather next week to discuss the theology of the cross, a member of the circle has said.

Korean faithful show God is 'alive, powerful' in Asia

Aug 12, 2014 - 04:02 am .- The rich history of martyrdom in South Korea and the thousands of young people slated to gather this week for Pope Francis shows the beauty and power of the faith, says a local bishop.

Faithful drawn by accessibility of St. Clare, basilica priest reflects

Aug 11, 2014 - 05:14 pm .- The Aug. 11 Feast of Saint Clare is an occasion for the people of Assisi to show their devotion to the beloved saint, with whom they feel a profound connection, said a local priest.

Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is finished in Iraq'

Aug 8, 2014 - 04:30 pm .- A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water.

Nun who won 'The Voice Italy' renews religious vows

Aug 8, 2014 - 02:51 pm .- Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia, the young Italian religious who won the last season of The Voice Italy, renewed her temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on July 29 at one of the congregation’s convents in Sicily.

Social networking prayer site holds contest to share faith

Aug 6, 2014 - 05:13 pm .- The social networking site May Feelings, dedicated to sharing prayers and messages, has announced a new contest to reward the “most original, creative and effective” efforts that challenge youth to share the faith.

European pro-life effort petitions court to be considered for vote

Aug 4, 2014 - 04:34 pm .- A European Union citizens’ initiative to ban human embryo-destroying research has filed a court petition after being denied a legislative proposal despite acquiring nearly 2 million signatures of support.

Firing of Polish doctor over abortion refusal sparks outcry

Aug 2, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- The removal one of Poland's top doctors as director of Holy Family hospital in Warsaw for refusing to perform an abortion has drawn widespread criticism, with many stating the act violated legal grounds.

Giuseppe Canovai, a Roman who left a community as his legacy

Jul 31, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Familia Christi is the Roman community formed by Fr. Giuseppe Canovai, a priest of the city whose life united Franciscan poverty and the Jesuit spirituality.

Pope Francis visits with evangelicals in southern Italy

Jul 28, 2014 - 04:27 pm .- During his visit Monday to an evangelical Christian community in Caserta, Pope Francis said the Holy Spirit creates diversity and unity in the Church, so that the Church lives a “reconciling diversity.”

Bishop Davies: Lourdes shrine a light amid war, death

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:02 am .- This weekend, shortly before today's centenary of the beginning of World War I, an English bishop has said that the Marian shrine of Lourdes remains “undimmed” and still invites everyone to see the “light of the Gospel,” Jesus Christ.

UN committee criticized for efforts to push abortion on Ireland

Jul 26, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- Assertions by members of the U.N. Human Rights Committee that Irish abortion law violates international human rights agreements is erroneous and exceeds its authority, one observer has said.

Holy See calls for immediate ceasefire, lasting peace in Gaza

Jul 24, 2014 - 01:34 pm .- In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

John Paul I's beatification cause may advance, cardinal says

Jul 24, 2014 - 12:04 am .- A document advancing the beatification of John Paul I is ready, and will be given to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints this autumn, according to the emeritus Secretary of State.

Christian leader, friend to Pope Francis dies in motorcycle accident

Jul 21, 2014 - 03:49 pm .- Tony Palmer, a Protestant Christian leader and a close friend of Pope Francis, passed away in the U.K. on Sunday due to injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

Catholic cultural renewal advocate Stratford Caldecott mourned

Jul 18, 2014 - 04:49 pm .- Stratford Caldecott, a Catholic cultural thinker dedicated to literature, theology, and the “second spring” of Catholicism, passed away Thursday, weeks after Hollywood stars took to Twitter to support him in his struggle with cancer.

Human rights court: Europe cannot be forced to redefine marriage

Jul 18, 2014 - 02:56 am .- The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the refusal to recognize same-sex “marriages” does not violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

Papal trip to Korea should renew local Churches, priest says

Jul 17, 2014 - 01:01 pm .- In the run up to Pope Francis visit to South Korea next month, a Korean priest said he expects ground breaking changes there in terms of peace and the Church’s service to society.

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