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Pope to visit Colombia
Pope to visit Colombia

Pope Francis is planning to make an Apostolic Journey to Colombia from 6 to 11 September 2017. A statement from the Holy See Press Office confirmes that the Holy Father will visit the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena. "Accepting the invitation of the President of the Republic and the Colombian bishops, His Holiness the Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Colombia from 6 to 11 September 2017, visiting the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio,

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Vatican to host seminar on safeguarding
Vatican to host seminar on safeguarding

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is to hold a global seminar at the Pontifical Gregorian University on safeguarding children. The event, entitled 'Safeguarding in Homes and Schools: Learning from Experience Worldwide', takes place on 23 March and is organized in collaboration with the Centre for Child Protection of the Gregorian University. It is to have a particular focus on Latin America. Chaired by the Commission's President, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM

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Syriac Orthodox Patriarch speaks on future of Christians in Middle East
Syriac Orthodox Patriarch speaks on future of Christians in Middle East

The future of Christians in the Middle East was the subject of a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference, held on 17-19 of February. Organised by the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the panel was titled 'What future do Christians have in the Middle East?' and focused on the situation of the churches in Syria and Iraq. The panel was chaired by Professor Ursula Männle, Minister of State. Speakers included Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Syriac-Orthodox Church,

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First Anglican Evensong celebrated in St Peter's Basilica
First Anglican Evensong celebrated in St Peter's Basilica

An ecumenical milestone was reached at the Vatican this evening (Monday 13 March) as a traditional Anglican Choral Evensong was celebrated for the first time in St Peter's Basilica. The choir of Merton College, Oxford sang music written by William Byrd at the time of the Reformation, as well as contemporary compositions and well-loved Anglican hymns. The liturgy and readings came from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

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East Africa in crisis
East Africa in crisis

Across East Africa millions of families face starvation because of drought, lack of food, and civil war, as the UN warns that the world faces the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. CAFOD director, Chris Bain, said: "Vulnerable people in East Africa are now on the brink of starvation and urgently need life-saving assistance. We have been working over the long-term with our partners in some of the worst hit areas, but have reached a point where we need more support to help communities facing severe hunger.

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Holy See: Universal access to medicine is a moral obligation
Holy See: Universal access to medicine is a moral obligation

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Vatican representative to the United Nations in Geneva, on Friday addressed the Human Rights Council on the 'moral obligation' of universal access to medicines.He said a coherent policy was necessary to achieve this goal. "In relation to pursuing of the double goals of access to medicines and necessary medical innovation, policy coherence is fundamental for effective, sustainable and equitable progress towards universal health coverage and improved health outcomes for all."

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Ain't no mountain high enough... for Sisters in Latin America
Ain't no mountain high enough... for Sisters in Latin America

Religious Sisters are transforming communities across Latin America by travelling to isolated parishes that have not seen a priest for years. Mother Lorena told Aid to the Church in Need about the impact of the work being done by the Misioneras de Jesús Verbo y Víctima. When she started working in the parish of Virgen del Carmelo de Villa Ygatimy, Paraguay three years ago some of its chapels had not seen a priest since 2013. Mother Lorena said that the parish is made up of nearly 100 chapels for 20,000 faithful living in scattered rural communities.

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Grandfather facing deportation granted short reprieve by US immigration authorities
Grandfather facing deportation granted short reprieve by US immigration authorities

Amidst intense grassroots organizing by Faith in New Jersey, a member of PICO National Network, Catalino Guerrero, an undocumented immigrant from Union City, New Jersey, was granted a reprieve from deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) today. Guerrero has received an outpouring of support from faith leaders across the country as well as Senator Robert Menendez and Cardinal Joseph Tobin, in his quest to remain with his family. Guerrero was ordered to appear with his passport

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US faith leaders call Trump's healthcare plans 'a betrayal of faith-based values'
US faith leaders call Trump's healthcare plans 'a betrayal of faith-based values'

PICO National Network, the largest network of congregations and faith-based groups in the United States, has spoken out against Republican leaders' proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Noting the measure will give massive tax cuts to the wealthy, while taking affordable coverage from the most vulnerable people in the country, the network of faith leaders called the ACA replacement "a betrayal of faith-based values."

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Cardinal sends anniversary message to  Pope Francis
Cardinal sends anniversary message to Pope Francis

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, has written to Pope Francis as he prepares to celebrate the fourth anniversary of his election as Bishop of Rome - the 265th successor of St Peter. The Cardinal offers prayers and thanks for the Holy Father for the steadfast way in which he has upheld the teachings of Christ and the Church "presenting them in

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Fr Shay Cullen writes on the resilience of abused children and women
Fr Shay Cullen writes on the resilience of abused children and women

Women are the greatest survivors, the most resilient and the most abused. Much of it starts in childhood and they carry it all their lives. Angel is a 13-year old girl, still very much a child, needing attention, care, protection therapy, education and love of a family. She was in the play therapy room of the Preda home for abused children laughing happily, playing with the group of other children some as young as 11

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Jesuit superior calls for greater involvement of women in the Church
Jesuit superior calls for greater involvement of women in the Church

We must must be honest and admit that the full participation of women in the life of the Church "remains stymied on many fronts". Those were the words of the Jesuit Superior General, Fr Arturo Sosa, at the opening of the 2017 Voices of Faith event in the Vatican on Wednesday. The annual event marking international women's day brought together voices of Catholic women from around

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Jerusalem: Chapel of the Ascension, on Mount of Olives, damaged by fire
Jerusalem: Chapel of the Ascension, on Mount of Olives, damaged by fire

The Chapel of the Ascension, located at the top of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, was damaged in an arson attack on 8 March, the Custody of the Holy Land report. Police are investigating the cause, but it appears that a car tyre was set on fire in the chapel. It had been laid on the rock, where, according to tradition dating from the early centuries of Christianity, Jesus ascended to heaven.

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US Bishops urge Congress to consider moral criteria during debates on health care
US Bishops urge Congress to consider moral criteria during debates on health care

As Congress prepares to discuss possible changes to the Affordable Care Act, the chairmen of four United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committees called on lawmakers to consider important moral criteria, especially pertaining to the most vulnerable among us, including the unborn and those experiencing deep poverty. The Bishops of the United States have consistently advocated for

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Westminster LGBT pilgrimage to Rome
Westminster LGBT pilgrimage to Rome

LGBT Catholics, parents and friends returned home on Sunday after an inspiring six day pilgrimage to Rome. The group was afforded special places at Pope Francis' General Audience in St Peter's Square on Ash Wednesday. Later that day, they were present in Santa Sabina Church for the Papal Mass to mark the beginning of Lent, receiving ashes blessed by Pope Francis. That evening, the

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Archbishop Auza speaks on Pope Francis' diplomacy at US university
Archbishop Auza speaks on Pope Francis' diplomacy at US university

Archbishop Bernardito Auza gave a talk at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, speaking about Pope Francis' diplomacy to the students and faculty at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations. The Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations said the Church speaks "of continuity - as seamless as possible - of a journey guided by perennial doctrine discerned

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US faith groups rally around grandfather threatened with deportation
US faith groups rally around grandfather threatened with deportation

Clergy leaders with Faith in New Jersey, a member of PICO National Network, the largest grassroots and faith-based organizing network in the United States, will gather for the second time in support of Catalino Guerrero, an undocumented immigrant facing deportation under the new administration. Following his check-in on February 8, ICE officials told Guerrero to report to

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Romero's homilies presented to Pope Francis
Romero's homilies presented to Pope Francis

As the Catholic Church around the world celebrates the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero - and many continue to anticipate his canonisation - Pope Francis has been presented with six volumes of the English translation of the Salvadorian Archbishop's homilies. The presentation was made by Julian Filochowski OBE, at the end of the Ash Wednesday General Audience

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CAFOD Lent prayer and reflection for International Women's Day
CAFOD Lent prayer and reflection for International Women's Day

Today is International Women's Day! A day when we celebrate the many achievements of women around the world and recognise the vital and unique contributions women make to our societies and communities. In 1991 the Zambian Bishops' Conference published a document called You shall be my witnesses. They declared: "Zambian women are the backbone of our families and play major roles in

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US Bishop: Trump's new Executive Order leaves many innocent lives at risk
US Bishop: Trump's new Executive Order leaves many innocent lives at risk

The Most Reverend Joe Vásquez, Bishop of Austin and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Migration, says President Trump's latest Executive Order still puts vulnerable populations around the world at risk. In a statement issued after the announcement of yesterday's travel suspension, Bishop Vásquez says that while we seek to maintain our values and safety, we must also exercise compassion in assisting and

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 Rain-soaked ACN runners survive Paris half marathon
Rain-soaked ACN runners survive Paris half marathon

A team from Aid to the Church in Need braved the cold wind and rain yesterday (Sunday, 5th March) to complete a half marathon in Paris, raising money for suffering Christians in the Middle East. Taking part in the 'Fitbit Semi de Paris"' was a group from the charity drawn from around the world - including Mexico, Spain, France and the UK. Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN UK National Director, led the charity's UK runners who included the charity's British Head of Press and Information

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Nigeria: Call to heal a 'distorted, bloodied and corrupt society'
Nigeria: Call to heal a 'distorted, bloodied and corrupt society'

The leader of Nigeria's Catholics has made an impassioned plea for peace and dialogue as the country faces violence, crippling economic crisis, and the threat of famine in the north-east, where militants continue to carry out attacks. The call comes at a time of heightened tension amid reports on Friday (3rd March) that three suicide bombers died after detonating explosives under a petrol tanker on the outskirts of the north-eastern city of Maiduguri. No other casualties were reported.

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Holy Land: Rabbi tells Knesset meeting: 'Occupation is corrupting our Judaism'
Holy Land: Rabbi tells Knesset meeting: 'Occupation is corrupting our Judaism'

Israel has carried out a record number of demolitions and evictions of Palestinians and Bedouins in recent months, in spite of international condemnation and a UN Security Council Resolution in December reaffirming that these actions are illegal...Human right groups in Israel are also very concerned about this issue. Together with their supporters they held a special event in the Knesset recently. Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann, from Rabbis for Human Rights writes:

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Pope Francis:  'Consult the Bible as often as your cellphone'
Pope Francis: 'Consult the Bible as often as your cellphone'

Pope Francis has called on Christians to consult the Bible as often as they might check their mobile phone for messages. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square following his weekly Angelus blessing on Sunday, the Pope urged those present to give the Bible the same place in daily life as cellphones and asked: "What would happen if we turned back when we forget it, if we opened it more times a day, if we read the message of God contained in the Bible the way we read

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Philippines: Columban nun injured in attack
Philippines: Columban nun injured in attack

An Irish missionary nun has been injured in an attack on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Columban Sister Kathleen Melia was closing up her convent at the San Jose Parish Church in Midsalip on 1 March when a man wearing a mask, covered her mouth and punched her in the face and chest. She sustained multiple injuries and is currently awaiting surgery in hospital. Sr Kathleen Melia, 70, originally from Co Leitrim, has worked as a missionary in

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