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Without cooperation we don't move forward, Pope says at UN in Kenya

Nov 26, 2015 - 09:00 am .- Speaking at the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya, Pope Francis said on Thursday that working together is necessary to conquer problems, whether in the realms of politics, health, or development.

Newly built church in refugee camp lifts Christians' spirits in Iraq

Nov 26, 2015 - 06:01 am .- The construction of a new church building in a Baghdad refugee camp has encouraged the camp's inhabitants, as they now have a place for worship and for activities during the week.

Pope Francis in Kenya: no matter what our divisions, we must work for peace

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:02 am .- Pope Francis began his trip to Africa in Kenya, where he praised the “young and vibrant nation” and encouraged Kenyans to continue working for peace in their country.

Africa's bishops offer Pope Francis prayers and a warm welcome

Nov 24, 2015 - 04:21 pm .- Ahead of the papal visit to Africa, the continent’s bishops have sent Francis a message of welcome. They emphasized the importance of the family in African society and the need for peace in regions suffering terrorism and violent conflict.

Even a missile strike couldn't stop Sunday Mass at this Syrian church

Nov 7, 2015 - 04:23 am .- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee.

Ghana's bishops ask country to work for fair elections in 2016

Oct 20, 2015 - 12:04 am .- The Catholic bishops of Ghana have asked the country’s election commission to register all eligible voters and to work to ensure confidence in the accuracy of the voter registry.

'It's truly a miracle' – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Oct 15, 2015 - 06:03 am .- A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape.

Ugandans are eagerly preparing for papal visit with prayer, penance

Oct 8, 2015 - 06:02 am .- In anticipation of Pope Francis’ first visit to their country, the head of the Ugandan bishops' conference has called on Catholics to make themselves ready to welcome the Pope though prayer and charitable works.

As synod approaches, Nigerian bishops speak up for the family

Sep 28, 2015 - 05:04 pm .- Nigeria’s bishops closed their latest assembly with a view toward the upcoming Synod on the Family, re-affirming the family while warning about LGBT activism.

Pope Francis prays for new Assyrian Christian leader amid Middle East tragedy

Sep 21, 2015 - 02:29 pm .- Amid the sufferings of Christians in the Middle East, Pope Francis on Monday sent his prayers to the new head of the Assyrian Church of the East, Catholicos-elect Gewargis III.

European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

Sep 15, 2015 - 06:08 am .- European bishops are gathering in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and to trace a path of hope for them, in an unprecented assembly.

Blessed Benedict Daswa: the South African martyred for rejecting witchcraft

Sep 14, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Benedict Daswa, a South African catechist whose Christian opposition to witchcraft led to his murder in 1990, was beatified on Sunday as Catholic leaders praised his heroic witness to the faith.

Knights of Columbus sending one month of food to Erbil refugees

Sep 9, 2015 - 12:44 am .- This month, the Knights of Columbus will provide food to some 13,500 families in Erbil who have been displaced by the ISIS takeover of Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq.

Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Sep 2, 2015 - 04:02 am .- Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society.

Bishop in Swaziland seeks prayer, reflection after country's deadly truck accident

Sep 2, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The bishop of the small, southern African kingdom of Swaziland has called for prayer and reflection in response to a road accident that killed as many as 65 young girls preparing for the country’s Reed Dance festival.

'Africa will save the family' – one cardinal's prediction on the Church's future

Sep 1, 2015 - 06:15 am .- The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe.

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:16 am .- Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.

Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Aug 21, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month.

Dozens of new grads join the ranks of Kenya’s Catholic nurses

Aug 20, 2015 - 12:04 am .- What began as a training facility for rural health care workers in the 1970s has now turned into a Catholic nursing school with hundreds of graduates.

Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that while the news is good, it could be a distraction ahead of another major assault.

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