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Pope Francis calls Syro-Catholic patriarch, assures of his prayers

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:54 am .- According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians.

Schedule for Pope Francis' Caserta visit released

Jul 22, 2014 - 04:49 am .- The Vatican has released Pope Francis’ schedule for the first of his two day-trips to the Italian city of Caserta, where he will later meet an evangelical pastor and friend from his time in Buenos Aires.

Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014 - 05:55 am .- In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave.

Argentine national soccer team sends autographed jersey to Pope

Jul 20, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In a gesture of gratitude and affection, the Argentinean national soccer team, which lost Sunday to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, sent Pope Francis an official team jersey autographed by each of its players.

Pope laments loss of innocent life in Malaysian plane crash

Jul 18, 2014 - 10:16 am .- Following the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine yesterday, Pope Francis has offered prayers for the victims, urging all parties involved in the country’s conflict to work for peace.

Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

Jul 18, 2014 - 08:04 am .- In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to the country’s presidents in order to ask for peace.

Polygamy, gender identity seen as key challenges for families in Africa

Jul 18, 2014 - 06:19 am .- Representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Family gathered in the Congo with over 40 bishops last week to discuss the state of families in Africa, highlighting both strengths and challenges they face.

Vatican bank starts second phase of reform effort

Jul 17, 2014 - 08:04 pm .- The Institute for Religious Works, or 'Vatican Bank', has released its annual report for 2013, announcing the start of the second phase of its intended reform.

Pope Francis to make two trips to Italian city of Caserta

Jul 17, 2014 - 07:52 am .- The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Francis will travel twice to the city where an evangelical pastor from Buenos Aires is living in order to meet with local Catholics in addition to visiting his old friend.

Chaldean patriarch: current state of Iraq is 'chaos'

Jul 17, 2014 - 05:54 am .- Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Iraq has written a letter urging government officials to “waste no more time” in electing new leaders, and lamented the grim possibility of finding a peaceful solution to conflict.

Vatican lauds wide reach of #PAUSEforPeace campaign

Jul 16, 2014 - 08:03 am .- In wake of the Vatican’s viral campaign urging faithful worldwide to pause for a moment of silence during the world cup final, officials have expressed their hope that the fruits will continue to grow.

Pope denounces 'racist, xenophobic' attitudes toward immigrants

Jul 15, 2014 - 04:21 am .- In his message for the Mexico-Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development Pope Francis called for a change in the way migrants, especially unaccompanied children, are viewed. 

Pope's audience with elderly to explore vocation of old age

Jul 14, 2014 - 09:04 am .- Organizers for the first-ever audience to be held between a pope and the elderly population have revealed that a central reflection will be the active vocation of the aged in the Church and in society.

Nigerian archbishop calls for government rescue of schoolgirls

Jul 14, 2014 - 05:24 am .- Amid government reports that the nearly 200 girls kidnapped in Chibok could be home soon, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called the country’s leaders to follow through with their promises.

Vatican dismisses Italian news report on papal interview

Jul 13, 2014 - 05:49 pm .- The Vatican spokesperson said that the Pope’s words as reported in the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” cannot be considered with certainty to be Pope Francis’ actual words.

Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Jul 13, 2014 - 07:35 am .- Following his reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel parable of the sower and the seed, Pope Francis called for peace in the Holy Land, asking participants to join him in a moment of silent prayer.

Vatican media committee appointed to bring Church into digital era

Jul 13, 2014 - 06:02 am .- The appointment of a committee to propose reforms for the Vatican media raises expectations for a substantial renewal of the Vatican media branch, bringing it ever more toward the digital age.

Caritas leader: 'The whole Middle East is at stake'

Jul 11, 2014 - 09:42 am .- The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from conflicts, urging the faithful to get involved and break the “cycle of indifference.”

Vatican's new UN observer to face key challenges

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza, the new head of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, served on the front lines in response to Haiti’s disastrous 2010 earthquake.

Indian bishop-elect aims to show God's love to new flock

Jul 10, 2014 - 08:04 pm .- Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas, who was appointed Wednesday to be an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Ranchi in India's eastern state of Jharkhand, has voiced his enthusiasm for the task.

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