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Is there a light in the dark for Turkey's invisible Christians?

Apr 11, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Despite Turkey's claim of religious freedom, Christians there have faced ongoing hostility, including  government oppression and murder – but a new legal status ignites hope that things will improve.

Paris wax museum unveils statue of Pope Francis

Apr 10, 2015 - 04:09 pm .- The directors of the Grévin Wax Museum in Paris presented the first statue of Pope Francis that is now part of its popular collection.

Doctrine divides while justice unites? One author's new take on an old claim

Apr 10, 2015 - 12:04 am .- As the Church prepares to conclude its celebration of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II later this year, one book is taking a hard look at the council's vision of ecumenism in a world where attitudes toward social justice are constantly in flux.

Bomb attack, ISIS invasion can't dampen faith of Iraqi seminarian

Apr 9, 2015 - 12:23 am .- Remi Marzina Momica has seen it all: a victim of a 2010 bus attack and among those forced to leave his home when ISIS invaded last year, he says Iraq’s “shattered” Christians need help.

Britain stands with persecuted Christians, prime minister affirms

Apr 8, 2015 - 12:12 am .- Easter is a perfect time to take note of all that Christianity has done for Great Britain and to support those persecuted for their faith, UK prime minister David Cameron said in his Easter message.

For Bishop Davies, 'British values' come from human dignity, not politicians

Apr 7, 2015 - 02:03 am .- It is more important than ever for the British people to hear about Jesus Christ, who reveals the dignity and identity of every person, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said in his Easter Sunday homily.

For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Apr 3, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Apr 3, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged.

In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering

Apr 2, 2015 - 04:10 pm .- Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol was stunned by the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.

In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Mar 30, 2015 - 04:54 pm .- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

A 'wee movie with a big message' for the people of Scotland

Mar 29, 2015 - 02:35 am .- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.  

London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

Mar 26, 2015 - 04:29 pm .- A prestigious Catholic school in London fears that altering its admissions criteria – as it was ordered to do by an English government agency following a complaint from the British Humanist Association – will damage its Christian identity.

Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own

Mar 25, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- In preparation for the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch.

New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ 'with God's help'

Mar 25, 2015 - 02:03 am .- On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel.

Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Mar 24, 2015 - 01:38 pm .- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

Mar 24, 2015 - 02:32 am .- A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome.

A new hope: the Church of Naples after Pope Francis' visit

Mar 24, 2015 - 12:08 am .- Pope Francis’ visit to Naples on Saturday fostered the commitment of the local Church to combat corruption and to continue work on the ground that has already born much fruits in the city's peripheries, according to an official.

Saint's relic with miraculous tendencies does it again for Pope Francis

Mar 21, 2015 - 01:24 pm .- While Pope Francis was giving some advice to the religious, priests and seminarians of Naples on Saturday, a miracle occurred: a vial of dried blood from a fourth century saint liquefied.

Nuns watching soap operas and the 'terrorism' of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples' religious

Mar 21, 2015 - 12:30 pm .- In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip.

Prison bars aren't stronger than God's love, Pope says to inmates

Mar 21, 2015 - 08:00 am .- During his one-day trip to Naples, Pope Francis made a stop at the local prison where he reminded inmates that God is rich in mercy and that nothing – even incarceration – can keep them from his love.

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