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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014.

Pope issues urgent appeal for global help of Iraqi Christians

Aug 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

As Iraq’s largest Christian city fell into the hands of the Islamic State, Pope Francis issued an urgent appeal asking... Read more

Social networking prayer site holds contest to share faith

Aug 6, 2014

The social networking site May Feelings, dedicated to sharing prayers and messages, has announced a new contest to reward the... Read more

Peruvian abortion law prompts call for prayer, fasting

Aug 6, 2014

Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura and Tumbes in Peru is calling on the faithful to pray and fast, asking... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peters Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Jul 30, 2014

By Elise Harris

Signed by Vatican secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, a “nota verbale” was sent to all embassies accredited to the... Read more

Hundreds of people in Washington D.C. gathered for prayer and adoration alongside World Youth Day pilgrims in Rio de Janeiro July 27, 2013.

Archbishop Kurtz: Do not forget the power of prayer amid violence

Jul 23, 2014

Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peters Square during his Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

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

Jul 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Jul 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following his reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel parable of the sower and the seed, Pope Francis called for peace in... Read more

Secretary-General Michel Roy of Caritas International speaks with CNA July 11, 2014.

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

Jul 11, 2014

By Elise Harris

The secretary-general for Caritas International has voiced his concern over the lack of aid being provided to those suffering from... Read more

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Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Jul 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region,... Read more

Iraqi Christians light candles affter attencing Christmas Mass in Baghdad on Dec. 25, 2008.

Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

Jul 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of... Read more

Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem, speaks with CNA May, 26 2014.

Revenge only perpetuates violence, Jerusalem bishop observes

Jul 2, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has... Read more

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Supreme Court unanimously rejects abortion clinic buffer zones

Jun 26, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts state law that imposed a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics,... Read more

Meriam Ibrahim (R) is pictured in this undated image with her husband Daniel Wani.

Sudanese woman sentenced to death re-arrested

Jun 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by the Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014.

Defend others before the Father, Pope Francis urges

Jun 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis warned that those who judge others are “obsessed” and far from God, stating that... Read more

Pope Francis in Rome on Jan. 19, 2014.

Pope Francis continues rest due to 'a minor indisposition'

Jun 10, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following the cancellation of his public commitments yesterday morning due to tiredness, Pope Francis has decided to continue his rest... Read more

Pope Francis in Rome on Jan. 19, 2014

Pope Francis postpones meetings due to tiredness

Jun 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi S.J. has announced that Pope Francis canceled his meetings today in order to rest following... Read more

A view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.

Three faiths pray for Holy Land peace

Jun 8, 2014

Representatives of Judaism, Christianity and Islam said prayers from their respective religious communities at Sunday’s historic “Invocation for Peace” at... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014

Pope Francis: Jesus intercedes for us with his wounds

Jun 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus advocates for us in heaven, emphasizing that he does this... Read more

Pope Francis praying.

Palestinian, Israeli leaders to pray with Pope at Vatican June 8

May 29, 2014

An encounter among Pope Francis, the Palestinian president, and the Israeli president at the Vatican to pray for peace in... Read more

A chandelier of candles hangs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

May 26, 2014

On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.  Read more