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Pakistani Catholic bishop says Islamic radicals are aiming for him

Feb 28, 2007

Bishop Joseph Coutts, the Bishop of Faisalabad says that he is in the sites of Muslim extremists due to his... Read more


In preparation for upcoming General Synod, Special Council for Africa meets in Rome

Feb 27, 2007

The Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops met in Rome on February 15... Read more


French Monks to return to Algeria a decade after slaying

Feb 26, 2007

A group of Trappist monks have plans to return to Algeria, following an 11-year absence, to establish a new community.... Read more

Christians in Holy Land must fast, grow in love throughout Lent, says Latin Patriarch

Feb 20, 2007

The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, said Lent reminds Christians in the Holy Land that military occupation, the limitation... Read more


Church in Africa ponders future, reflects on past

Feb 19, 2007

The Church in Africa reflected on its last 50 years and pondered where it is headed at a three-day international... Read more


Bishop says Turkey should promote pluralism and respect for minorities

Feb 15, 2007

“In order to counter nationalist ambitions, Turkey must continue its journey towards a democratic process that will admit of pluralism... Read more


Lebanese Catholics and Muslims honor slain Hariri, rally against Syria

Feb 15, 2007

Around 300,000 Lebanese gathered in Beirut’s Martyrs Square yesterday to honor Rafik al-Hariri, the former premier who was killed two... Read more


Archbishop of Paris pays visit to Yad Vashem

Feb 15, 2007

Archbishop André Vingt-Trois of Paris is leading more than 600 French pilgrims, including clergymen, theologians, pilgrimage tour operators and journalists,... Read more

Vatican addresses “serious anti-Christian attack” in Lebanon

Feb 14, 2007

Both Pope Benedict XVI and his Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, have addressed a Tuesday morning bomb attack in... Read more


Bishops identify national priorities in Congo

Feb 14, 2007

The Catholic bishops of Congo issued a powerful statement at the end of their episcopal meeting, identifying priorities for recently... Read more


Condoms not the answer for Zambian pandemic, AIDS-fighting nun says

Feb 8, 2007

Preaching chastity and fidelity are “the only way” to tackle an AIDS pandemic sweeping Zambia, according to a nun who... Read more


Child soldiers still a problem in African nation

Feb 6, 2007

According to a report offered yesterday by the Save the Children humanitarian organization, at least 1,500 child soldiers are still... Read more


Cardinal Ruini celebrates memorial Mass for murdered priest in Turkey

Feb 5, 2007

The President of the Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrated a memorial Mass in Trabzon, Turkey, today for an Italian... Read more


Franciscans build homes to help Christians stay in Holy Land

Feb 5, 2007

The Franciscan Custodians of the Holy Land are hoping to stem the exodus of Christians from the Holy Land with... Read more

Sudanese cardinal calls on government to protect human rights

Feb 5, 2007

The Archbishop of Khartoum in the Sudan, Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, has called on the Sudanese government to defend and... Read more


2006 World Meeting of Families still having an impact in Africa

Feb 2, 2007

Several African dioceses are organizing congresses in which families that participated in the 5th World Meeting of Families in Valencia... Read more


Magazine for Christians in Muslim countries launched with U.N. panel discussion

Feb 1, 2007

The publication of an international journal in the United States to support small Christian communities living in predominantly Muslim countries... Read more

Pope calls for peace in Lebanon and Gaza

Jan 29, 2007

After praying the Angelus with thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope launched an appeal for peace... Read more


Sudanese authorities “not serious” about peace plan, Bishop says

Jan 26, 2007

Speaking this week to representatives of Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Daniel Kur Adwok, Auxiliary Bishop of Khartoum... Read more


African bishops take a look back and set plan for the future at evangelization congress

Jan 24, 2007

In preparation for a second Synod of Africa, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) held a... Read more