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Pope Calls Internet a ‘Gift from God’

Pope Calls Internet a ‘Gift from God’

Pope Francis today declared the Internet “a gift from God,” in a statement released by the Vatican to mark the Catholic Church’s World Communications Day. The pope said the Internet “offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity” and that “is something truly good.”

Ukraine unrest ‘stunning’ says the SGA

Ukraine unrest ‘stunning’ says the SGA

Clashes between riot police and thousands of protestors continued over the weekend as protestors continued to seek the resignation of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. European Union officials have met with Yanukovych to discuss the issue.

Central African Clerics Call for UN Peacekeeping Mission

Central African Clerics Call for UN Peacekeeping Mission

The Central African Republic’s top Muslim and Roman Catholic leaders are calling for a United Nations peacekeeping force to end their country’s brutal conflict that they argue is not religiously motivated.
Bangui’s Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga and the CAR’s top imam, Kobine Layama, are on a campaign to bring long-term peace in their country.

Sharing the Gospel in Sochi

Sharing the Gospel in Sochi

Athletes from around the world will soon converge in Sochi, Russia, for the 22nd Olympic Winter Games, and millions across the globe will gather around their television sets to watch. For Christians, this creates a unique opportunity to share the Gospel, not only at the games but within their own communities.

Pope Calls on Business Elite to Use Wealth to Alleviate Global Poverty

Pope Calls on Business Elite to Use Wealth to Alleviate Global Poverty

The papal plea came as the human rights group Oxfam released a study showing the wealth of the world’s 85 richest individuals equals that of 3.5 billion people – a full one-half of the global population.

Volgograd Bombings will not disrupt Russian Ministries

Volgograd Bombings will not disrupt Russian Ministries

It’s being described as a country on edge. Two bombings in Volgograd, Russia claimed the lives of 31 people and injured dozens more. Sunday, a suicide bomber in the city’s rail station started the chaos. Then yesterday, a second bomber blew himself up on an electric trolley car.

Daghestan, Azerbaijan: Imams Against New Year Celebrations

Daghestan, Azerbaijan: Imams Against New Year Celebrations

Some Muslim groups in Daghestan and Azerbaijan have called for a ban on the public celebration of the New Year. Their rationale for doing so differs, however. For the second consecutive year, some Daghestani Muslims — both Sufis and Salafis — have called on fellow believers not to participate in what they consider the pagan tradition of celebrating the New Year.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for more support for the Philippines

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for more support for the Philippines

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling the global community to step up their support for the Philippines. After visiting areas ravished by Typhoon Haiyan last week, Ban outlined the U.N.’s four-year support plan.

Pilgrims Flock to Bethlehem to Celebrate Christmas

Pilgrims Flock to Bethlehem to Celebrate Christmas

The Christian faithful flocked to Palestinian-ruled Bethlehem in the West Bank on Wednesday to celebrate Christmas in the town where it all began. Thousands of pilgrims from around the world converged on the ancient Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem to visit the grotto where tradition says Jesus, the Christian messiah, was born.