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Child labor, sexual abuse, death - the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Jan 14, 2016 - 04:16 pm .- The life of a refugee is rarely easy. But it is particularly difficult for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of whom cannot obtain legal status and are vulnerable to exploitation, says a new report by the group Human Rights Watch.

After second abduction, Franciscan priest freed in Syria

Jan 5, 2016 - 12:10 pm .- Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was abducted a second time just before Christmas, and has again been set free by his captors.

Doing the Father’s will: how Orthodox rabbis see common ground with Christians

Dec 14, 2015 - 07:01 pm .- A new statement from Orthodox rabbis calls for “fraternal partnership” between Christians and Jews, reflecting on their commonalities and on recent efforts by Catholics to improve relations with Jews.

How can we live the Year of Mercy? Suggestions from Southern Africa’s bishops

Dec 12, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time to reach out to others as “missionaries of God’s mercy,” the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said on Tuesday.

Military action frees 900 captives of Boko Haram, Cameroon official says

Dec 4, 2015 - 06:48 am .- Cameroon’s government has said a multi-national military action has freed 900 hostages of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Seeking peace and mercy, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:20 pm .- “Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s cathedral on Sunday--the first time a Pope has opened a Holy Door outside Rome.

'Can I go' to them? Pope Francis' stunning response to alleged murders

Nov 29, 2015 - 02:33 pm .- Reported violence near a mosque Pope Francis is slated to visit in Central African Republic caused the pontiff to reply with an immediate "can I go (be with them)?" according to a bishop who was standing close by.

Be like a banana – Pope Francis off-the-cuff to Central African youth

Nov 29, 2015 - 12:23 pm .- During his meeting with the youth of the Central African Republic, Pope Francis gave spontaneous comments in response to a young local who asked the Holy Father's advice about living in a war-torn country.

Christ’s love will overcome devastation, Pope Francis tells Central Africans

Nov 29, 2015 - 10:35 am .- In the Central African Republic on Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a homily emphasizing that God’s powerful love can overcome “unprecedented devastation.” He called on Christians to be leaders in showing mercy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

Christians can find unity in suffering, Pope Francis tells Evangelicals in CAR

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:05 am .- The path to Christian unity includes shared suffering, Pope Francis told the Central African Republic’s evangelical Christian communities on Sunday, exhorting them to continue showing charity amid war and violence.

Pope to displaced persons: peace is impossible without tolerance, forgiveness

Nov 29, 2015 - 08:12 am .- Pope Francis’ first stop after arriving in the Central African Republic Sunday was to a refugee camp housing thousands of persons displaced by the country’s ongoing conflict.

Pope to Ugandan youth: You are a people of martyrs

Nov 28, 2015 - 08:33 am .- On his last day in Uganda, Pope Francis heard testimonies of suffering from young people and praised Ugandan’s faith, which he said comes from the martyrs who have come before them.

Pope Francis’ road map for the faith? Serve the poor.

Nov 28, 2015 - 08:03 am .- The world is marked by growing indifference, but Christians cannot forget Christ’s call to serve the poor, Pope Francis stressed in his speech this afternoon at the House of Charity in Nalukolongo, Uganda. 

Pope to Ugandan catechists: Your work is not easy. But it is important.

Nov 27, 2015 - 10:53 am .- Speaking with catechists and teachers in Uganda, Pope Francis on Friday offered encouragement and stressed that witnessing the faith is critical for the growth of the Church.

Pope praises Ugandans for helping refugees rebuild their lives

Nov 27, 2015 - 09:02 am .- Pope Francis praised the Ugandan people for showing “outstanding concern” for refugees in a time when our world is witnessing an unprecedented movement of people fleeing violence and injustice.  

What you have is worth more than money – the Pope to Kenya's poor

Nov 26, 2015 - 11:41 pm .- During his tri-nation visit to Africa this week, Pope Francis made a stop at a slum in Nairobi and praised those he met for their love of and emphasis on community and relationships – over what he called a vacuous, “unbridled consumption” that often plagues the West.

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.

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