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Holy Land: Vandal tries to set fire to Dormition Abbey

May 28, 2014 - 01:03 pm .- As Pope Francis concluded his trip to the Holy Land on May 26, an unknown man attempted to set fire to the Abbey of the Dormition, the place where according to tradition the Virgin Mary fell asleep before being assumed into Heaven.

Pope Francis recalls birth of Church in Upper Room

May 26, 2014 - 09:44 am .- At the conclusion of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance of the Upper Room, held to be the site of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' apostles.

At Gethsemane, Pope urges religious to live without fear

May 26, 2014 - 08:15 am .- Religious, priests, and seminarians gathered in the Church near the garden of Gethsemane today to meet with Pope Francis, who urged them to follow Christ with courage.

Vatican: Pope's stop at terrorist memorial not a political move

May 26, 2014 - 07:30 am .- Amid claims that Pope Francis' unscheduled stop at an Israeli memorial for terrorist victims was made under pressure to appease government officials, the Holy See has said that the rumors are false.

Pope, Israeli president renew mutual commitment to peace

May 26, 2014 - 07:09 am .- In a meeting today with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis expressed his hope that Jerusalem would be a true 'city of peace,' with Peres echoing his commitment.

Christ's resurrection unites us, Pope tells faithful in Israel

May 25, 2014 - 12:28 pm .- At an ecumenical celebration in Jerusalem during his visit to the region, Pope Francis told inter-denominational Christians that the Risen Christ unites them all in a message of hope for the world.

Pope makes new Christian unity step in meeting with Patriarch

May 25, 2014 - 11:56 am .- In a declaration delivered at the end of a private meeting, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Costantinople Bartholomew I marked a new step on the journey towards unity, stressing their commonality in areas such as respect for the sanctity of life and the protection of the family.

Pope Francis urges two-state solution in first remarks to Israel

May 25, 2014 - 08:51 am .- Late Sunday afternoon Pope Francis arrived in Tel Aviv, where he urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and other authorities to adopt a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

'May God change the hearts of the violent,' Pope prays

May 24, 2014 - 11:50 am .- On the first day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis met with a group of nearly 600 refugees and disabled youth, urging them to offer their prayers and sufferings for an end to violence.

The Official Motto of Pope's Pilgrimage: 'That they may be one'

May 23, 2014 - 01:36 pm .- The leaders of the Catholic communities in Israel, Jordan and Cyprus have chosen the logo and motto for the Pope's pilgrimage which will begin on Saturday, May 24.

CNA will bring your prayer intentions to the Holy Land

May 23, 2014 - 01:28 pm .- CNA's special coverage team has arrived in the Holy Land for Pope Francis' historic visit. This weekend they will be bringing the prayer intentions of our readers to Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre.

Nigerian bishop calls on global community to fight Boko Haram

May 23, 2014 - 07:25 am .- One day after bombings in his city killed nearly 120, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has called on the international community to take tangible steps in helping to defeat a radical Islamist group.

Children to receive First Communion at papal Mass in Jordan

May 21, 2014 - 02:26 pm .- Some 1400 boys and girls from Jordan will receive First Communion during the Mass Pope Francis will celebrate on the first day of his trip to the Holy Land at the Amman International Stadium.

Under pressure to convert, Zanzibar Christians concerned for future

May 21, 2014 - 02:17 am .- Members of the small Christian minority on the Tanzanian islands of Zanzibar are suffering intimidation and now fear that their children will be coerced to convert to Islam, one resident said.

Seminarians in the Holy Land anticipate Pope's visit

May 21, 2014 - 12:07 am .- As the Holy Land prepares for the visit of Pope Francis, Catholic seminarians are praying for the visit's success and preparing with great anticipation to assist in a papal Mass.

Catholic religious in South Sudan plead for peace

May 20, 2014 - 12:16 pm .- The Catholic religious congregations of South Sudan have urged their countrymen to reject violence, calling on the country’s leaders to honor the terms of a recent peace agreement.

Appeal for solidarity marks Jordan’s role in Middle East dialogue

May 17, 2014 - 06:02 am .- An appeal issued jointly Wednesday by Vatican and Jordanian officials marks the nations’ friendship and common commitment to foster peace and dialogue in the Middle East.

Death sentence for Christian in Sudan draws global criticism

May 16, 2014 - 05:30 pm .- A pregnant woman who was raised as a Christian has been sentenced to execution by a Sudanese court that contends she has apostatized from Islam, drawing worldwide condemnation.

Christians and Muslims united in Nigeria, says bishop

May 14, 2014 - 01:30 pm .- Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls has brought Nigerians, as well as people across the world, into solidarity with each other across religious divides, one of the country’s bishops has said.

Central African bishop recounts Holy Week kidnapping

May 13, 2014 - 04:18 pm .- A Central African bishop who was abducted on Holy Wednesday by Seleka rebels, and was on his way to be executed, has called the incident “a great misfortune.”

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