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Fr Lombardi's 'Ten Commandments' for Catholic communications

Dec 19, 2014 - 03:01 pm .- “To communicate is to unify” is the first of the “Ten Words of Communication” that Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See press office, described in a lecture given Nov. 24 at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

A 'bullying' move? UK midwife abortion ruling sparks outcry

Dec 18, 2014 - 05:14 pm .- The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions – prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure.

At Vienna conference, Holy See renews call for nuclear disarmament

Dec 16, 2014 - 02:01 am .- At a meeting on the impact of nuclear arms last week, the Holy See complained that institutions have not found the proper solution to address the nuclear arms issue, and praised the gathering as a new hope towards nuclear disarmament.

'Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East'

Dec 12, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East.

The politics of Pope Francis: An anti-corruption, anti-ideology populism

Dec 9, 2014 - 10:02 pm .- Most people “still don’t know how Pope Francis thinks,” says a longtime Catholic observer who believes the Pope’s approach to politics is an ordinary path that rejects both corruption and elite ideological obsessions isolated from real people.

Protect us – One archbishop's plea as Nigeria elections loom

Dec 4, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- As Nigeria's general elections draw near, the archbishop of the central city of Jos warned candidates not to put political agendas over people's safety and urged more rapid solutions to Boko Haram violence.

Turkish Muslims 'deeply appreciated' papal visit

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' visit to Turkey was highly appreciated by Muslims because of the care and interest he demonstrated for them, and for his acknowledgement that not all Muslims are terrorists, a local scholar has said.

This 82-year-old cardinal says he'll face jail for democracy

Dec 4, 2014 - 04:02 am .- One of several leaders of Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail.

Papal mace points to education's true purpose, Scottish bishop says

Dec 4, 2014 - 12:28 am .- The presentation of a special Papal mace marking the 600th anniversary of Scotland’s oldest university is a reminder of the ultimate purpose of education – to know, love and serve God, said the local bishop.  

'Year for Vocations': English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Dec 2, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as a year for vocations, promoting among the faithful the universal call to sanctity.  

Thousands of Tango dancers to perform for Pope's birthday

Dec 2, 2014 - 02:43 am .- Pope Francis enjoys the customs of his native Argentina. He drinks mate – an Argentinean tea – he follows soccer, and likes to listen to Tango music.  

A challenge and a grace – life for Catholics in Turkey

Dec 1, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- Living as a Catholic in the majority Muslim country of Turkey can be difficult, but it can also be a blessing and a call to witness, says Mexican priest Father Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez.  

Patriarch prays for full union between Catholic, Orthodox churches

Nov 29, 2014 - 10:20 am .- In a prayer gathering on the second day of Pope Francis' visit to Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew I welcomed him with joy, saying his presence is a symbolic “bridging” of the East and West.

Unity becomes 'uniformity' without the Holy Spirit, Pope warns

Nov 29, 2014 - 08:32 am .- During the only public Mass of his three-day apostolic journey to Turkey, Pope Francis warned that unity without the Holy Spirit stays limited within human plans and falls into mere uniformity.

Cardinal Burke opens up about his new office with Knights of Malta

Nov 29, 2014 - 06:01 am .- On Nov. 8 the Vatican announced the transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke from prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, which ensures correct administration of justice in the Church, to Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta.

Young Syrian refugee tells Pope, 'pray for us and pray for peace'

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:39 am .- Currently a living as a refugee at a Salesian school in Istanbul, 14-year-old Sarah will give Pope Francis a picture that she painted,  and  says that she will ask him to pray for world peace.

For Pope Francis, human dignity at core of religious dialogue

Nov 28, 2014 - 09:18 am .- Dialogue between religious leaders and the “shared recognition of the sanctity of each human life” in bringing aid to the suffering were at the core of Pope Francis' Nov. 28 address to Turkey's Department for Religious Affairs, delivered on the first day of his three-day Apostolic Journey to Turkey.

A new path for unity – Pope and Patriarch to face world challenges together

Nov 28, 2014 - 05:27 am .- A common declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew on the issues of ecology and poverty would be natural is foreseeable for the future, a theological advisor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Costantinople told CNA Nov. 28.

Waiting for the Pope: Istanbul refugee center prepares to welcome Francis

Nov 28, 2014 - 05:16 am .- People at the refugee center that Pope Francis will visit this coming Sunday are learning to seek a future, the director of the center told CNA Nov. 27.

Chinese regime said to intensify persecution of Christians

Nov 27, 2014 - 04:43 pm .- “We shouldn’t get our hopes up. I don’t see any sign of an immediate improvement in China-Holy See relations.” Thus commented Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, reflecting on a symposium on mainland China held at the the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome.

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