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Hartford archdiocese, Knights of Columbus partner to aid Islamic State victims

Hartford, Conn., Apr 18, 2018 / 10:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a partnership with the Knights of Columbus, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford are fundraising money to aid the religious minorities persecuted by the Islamic State. The Knights have supplied olive wood solidarity crosses, manufactured in the Middle East, to raise financial support for Christian towns in Iraq and

April 24th, 2018|

Muslim World League, Vatican boost religious ties

Accord emphasizes the need for promoting dialogue in a world that has become more versatile in terms of race, religions and cultures Two parties obliged to work toward strengthening religious and spiritual ties between Christians and Muslims JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for

April 24th, 2018|

The Pope, “War generates poverty, but poverty generates war”

First appointment of Francis’ visit in Puglia region: in Alessano, he prayed on the tomb of the bishop of Molfetta and greeted his family. “He teaches the Church not to side with the powerful or seek privileges. “The Mediterranean is an ark of peace” He stands with his head bowed, a bouquet of white and yellow flowers in his hand.

April 24th, 2018|

Help us stay in Syria,” pleads Armenian-Catholic archbishop of Aleppo

Some parts of Syria slowly begin to rise from the ashes, as is the case of Aleppo. The war seems far from ending, though. Seven years of conflict has claimed the lives of half-a-million people, left three million wounded and produced six million refugees. And the disaster continues. “We’ve experienced some difficult times, but what we want to tell everyone

April 23rd, 2018|

Caritas Syria: Air strikes reopened wounds, but agency still able to help

AMMAN, Jordan - Caritas Syria said the recent massive missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France, intended to weaken Syria’s chemical weapons capability, have not hindered its assistance to the country’s poor and internally displaced. “We have enough pain in our lives, we don’t need any more,” said Sandra Awad, communications director for the Catholic aid agency Caritas

April 23rd, 2018|

Peacemaking initiative of Christian leaders in response to the situation in the Middle East

Published below is the text of the peacemaking appeal, which was discussed during a telephone conversation between Pope Francis of Rome and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on April 14, 2018. The text was supported by His Beatitude Pope and Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East, His

April 19th, 2018|

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land holds its plenary meeting in Cyprus

CYPRUS – The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS) met on April 11-12, 2018, for its plenary meeting that took place at the Maronite Archbishopric in Nicosia, Cyprus. Throughout the meeting, the Assembly addressed several topics of the Synodal meeting of Bishops and Youth, migrants, the Pope’s encyclical “Laudato Si”, and pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The

April 19th, 2018|

WCC reiterates calls for immediate ceasefire in Syria

In a 16 April statement, the World Council of Churches (WCC) urged the international community to find a way to break the cycle of violence in Syria. The statement comes two days after the USA, France and the UK carried out missile strikes following a suspected Syrian government chemical weapons attack. “A just and sustainable peace for all Syrians can

April 19th, 2018|

Syrian bishop appeals for peace

By John Newton and Monica Zorita FOLLOWING the latest attacks in Syria, one of the country’s leading bishops has issued an impassioned plea for peace – saying that the country needs prayer and not further violence. Melkite Archbishop Jean Abdou Arbach of Homs, Hama and Yabroud told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that after seven years of

April 19th, 2018|