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02 Dec 2016 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Knowing the debate surrounding Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said the document “first and foremost recalls the mercy and compassion of God and not just moral norms and canonical rules.”  Read more...
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28 Nov 2016 – JERUSALEM (CNS) Catholic leaders in the Holy Land expressed solidarity with those affected by regional wildfires, which continued to burn after five days.  Read more...
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23 Nov 2016 – BHOPAL, India (CNS) — The grave of a nun murdered in central India 21 years ago has been exhumed as part of a process that may eventually lead to her canonization.  Read more...
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17 Nov 2016 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Nothing can justify or permit the continued onslaught in the Middle East, Pope Francis said.  Read more...
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17 Nov 2016 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Where there is no tenderness, there is cruelty and what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable “workshop of cruelty,” Pope Francis told governing members of Caritas Internationalis.  Read more...
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02 Nov 2016 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, welcomed the election of a new Lebanese president, ending a two-and-a-half-year power vacuum that had crippled the country’s government institutions.  Read more...
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01 Nov 2016 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As nuncio to Syria, Cardinal-designate Mario Zenari resides in Damascus. Even though the city does not come under attack as much as Aleppo, there are constant mortar attacks, and it makes him think of the nation’s children.  Read more...
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28 Oct 2016 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — There is only one word to describe the images coming out of Syria as the conflict advances: apocalyptic.  Read more...


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