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Africa: The Catholic Church’s Message to the Muslim Faithful

Africa: The Catholic Church’s Message to the Muslim Faithful

In his message to the local Muslim community, Mgr. Claude Rault, Bishop of Laghouat – Ghardaia (Algeria), states that “the feast of Aid El Adha is always an opportunity to express ones bonds of brotherhood in our ancestor Abraham.

Syrian Churches keep giving Aid to Muslims despite Threats

Syrian Churches keep giving Aid to Muslims despite Threats

One of the churches in war-torn Syria has been targeted by extremists. They threatened to attack the church because of its “missionary” activities. Open Doors USA partners with this church to distribute food and miscellaneous supplies to Christians, Muslims, and other Syrians in need.

Syria: A small “World Youth Day” in the city of Aleppo

Syria: A small “World Youth Day” in the city of Aleppo

Aleppo – On the day that Pope Francis celebrated the concluding Mass of World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, even Christian children in the martyred city of Aleppo came together to experience a day of prayer and communion of spirit with three million of their peers gathered on Copacabana beach and to help them keep together the hope, even in the suffering and struggle that marks their daily condition.

Pope Francis takes his Message to Brazil

Pope Francis takes his Message to Brazil

The organizers of World Youth Day expect more than a million young pilgrims from 170 countries in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil is a land with approximately 123 million Catholics and more than 400 bishops: the country with the largest number of Catholics in the world.

Bishops’ Appeal: “Preserve the Natural Environment to save Mindanao”

Bishops’ Appeal: “Preserve the Natural Environment to save Mindanao”

Kidapawan, Philippines – It is urgent to preserve the natural environment, and save the island of Mindanao: this is a joint urgent appeal by the Bishops of the four dioceses on the island of Mindanao, in southern Philippines: Kidapawan, Marbel, Digos and Cotabato.

Pope Francis Seemingly in Favor of Reforms

Pope Francis Seemingly in Favor of Reforms

Francis of Assisi began his saintly career following what he said was God’s command: “Rebuild my Church.” The new pope who took his name heard the same message from the cardinals who elected him.The 13th-century Francis toured the Italian countryside repairing dilapidated chapels before realizing his mission was to change the whole Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis’ Inauguration Mass the Official Start of his Papacy

Pope Francis’ Inauguration Mass the Official Start of his Papacy

Crowds are gathered in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican for the formal installation of Pope Francis, who will preside over the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected as the new Pope

Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected as the new Pope

After only two days of voting, Roman Catholic cardinals elected Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new pope to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. He has chosen the name Francis and is the first pope from Latin America in the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history.

The Secret Election of the New Pope

The Secret Election of the New Pope

When the Roman Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals decided this week to halt the daily press briefings by their American colleagues, they were following a policy that has existed for centuries: The election of a pope is secret.

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