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10 Jan 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI named the priest in charge of coordinating his papal visit to Lebanon to head the Maronite Catholic community in Canada.  Read more...
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Visiting Bishops Note Strain on Mideast (Catholic News Service)
10 Jan 2013 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Bishops who traveled to the Holy Land to assess the local church’s needs noted the “profound anxiety” that the “dark and dramatic events” of the past year have caused in the region.  Read more...
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04 Jan 2013 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — The relief efforts of U.S. Catholics are helping Syrian refugees in Turkey face their ordeal in a dignified manner that respects their priorities, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.  Read more...
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28 Dec 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Because of ongoing fighting in the city, Catholic leaders in Aleppo, Syria, canceled their traditional Christmas visits to local government officials, but the local governor dropped in on a meeting of bishops and priests on 27 December to offer his best wishes, said Bishop Giuseppe Nazzaro.  Read more...
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20 Dec 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch said church leaders are “perplexed” by the complex situation in the Middle East.  Read more...
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20 Dec 2012 – BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — A Bethlehem Franciscan said watching the actions of one of his parishioners reminds him of the meaning of his vocation.  Read more...
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19 Dec 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of 85-year-old Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad and has called for a late January meeting of the Chaldean synod of bishops to elect a new patriarch for the Chaldean Catholic Church.  Read more...
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18 Dec 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just weeks after the Vatican praised Palestine’s boosted status as a nonmember observer state at the United Nations, Pope Benedict XVI met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in a private audience at the Vatican.  Read more...


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