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22 Sep 2014 – TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — Killing in the name of God is sacrilege, and religious leaders must denounce the use of faith to justify violence and oppression, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to Albania.  Read more...
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22 Sep 2014 – TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — Two survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the church brought Pope Francis to tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral on 21 September.  Read more...
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16 Sep 2014 – Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is a 15 September column titled “The Cry of the Persecuted: Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes” that appears on the Patheos website, www.patheos.com. It was written by Michael J.L. La Civita, who joined Catholic Near East Welfare Association in 1989 and is the papal agency’s communications director. He also is a knight commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.  Read more...
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15 Sep 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When will people ever learn that war is madness and conflicts are only resolved by forgiveness, Pope Francis asked.  Read more...
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15 Sep 2014 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East urged Westerners to take action to help ensure that Christians and other minorities can remain in the Middle East.  Read more...
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12 Sep 2014 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.  Read more...
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12 Sep 2014 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — U.S. bishops visiting the Holy Land said an on-the-ground tour and briefing about the situation in East Jerusalem heightened their awareness of the settlement issue in the divided city.  Read more...
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11 Sep 2014 – CHENNAI, India (CNS) — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has appealed to Catholics to mobilize funds and materials to augment church relief work in northern Jammu and Kashmir state, devastated by floods.   Read more...


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