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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
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.  
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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