Archive of January 14, 2015

Overwhelming welcome for Pope Francis foreseen in Philippines

Jan 14, 2015 - 10:29 pm .- Pope Francis can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome in the Philippines, say two natives of the country who work in media.

Pope Francis bids farewell to Sri Lanka, Philippines up next

Jan 14, 2015 - 08:46 pm .- Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka for the Philippines on Thursday morning after an eventful trip to the island country.

Cyclone menaces Pope's trip to Philippines, Catholics join in prayer

Jan 14, 2015 - 05:18 pm .- With Pope Francis arriving in the Philippines on Thursday, the Archbishop of Manila is asking that the faithful pray for favorable weather, as a tropical storm is heading for Tacloban, where the Pope will visit on Saturday.

Pope's visit prompts release of more than 600 Sri Lankan prisoners

Jan 14, 2015 - 05:02 pm .- Prompted by Pope Francis' visit and in keeping with the ongoing theme of reconciliation, more than 600 men and women were released from prisons throughout the island nation of Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Jan 14, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana.

Twenty-one Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya

Jan 14, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- A Libyan affiliate of the Islamic State claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians on Monday, releasing pictures of those they had captured.

Francis makes impromptu visit to Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015 - 02:31 pm .- On Wednesday evening following his scheduled events, Pope Francis made a brief, unplanned visit to a Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka in a gesture of interreligious dialogue, the Holy See press officer has said.

Nebraska monsignor appointed new Bishop of Grand Island

Jan 14, 2015 - 11:00 am .- Pope Francis on Wednesday appointed Monsignor Joseph Hanefeldt, a priest of the Omaha archdiocese and a Nebraska native, as the eighth Bishop of Grand Island, which serves Catholics in central and western Nebraska.

Which way to church? Supreme Court weighs directions for roadside signs

Jan 14, 2015 - 07:09 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court is scrutinizing an Arizona town’s restrictions on church signs that critics say intentionally discriminate against houses of worship.

'Mary forgave her son's killers': The Pope on healing in Sri Lanka

Jan 14, 2015 - 03:33 am .- At a Marian shine during his three-day trip to Sri Lanka, Pope Francis touched on the country's brutal decades-long civil war and pointed to the Mother of God as the ultimate witness of forgiveness.

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