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21 Jan 2014 – ROME (CNS) — A rabbi who has known Pope Francis for almost 20 years and counts him as a close personal friend said the pope’s May trip to the Holy Land will be a challenging balancing act because of the high expectations of Israelis and Palestinians and of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Read more...
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21 Jan 2014 – BANGALORE, India (CNS) — A national conference of women religious and others on the impact of the Second Vatican Council has led to the establishment of a national Christian women’s forum.  Read more...
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21 Jan 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — The president of the Assembly of Catholic Hierarchs in Syria appealed for people to pray for the success of the Syrian peace conference set to start in Geneva on 22 January.  Read more...
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17 Jan 2014 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Bishops from North America, Europe and Africa called on international leaders to act immediately so people living in the Gaza Strip can have access to basic necessities.  Read more...
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15 Jan 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican study group is urging world leaders to stop the flow of arms into Syria and to press for an immediate and complete cease-fire there with no political preconditions.   Read more...
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15 Jan 2014 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — A U.S. bishop who traveled into the Gaza Strip called the situation there “intolerable” and said it must be “addressed by the world community.”  Read more...
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31 Dec 2013 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — In a Catholic church in Istanbul in late December, Father Lorenzo Piretto led about a hundred people in prayer.  Read more...
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26 Dec 2013 – CAIRO (CNS) — A 26 December attack in Cairo and other violence will not keep Egypt from going ahead with its planned referendum on a new constitution, said Coptic Catholic Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza, Egypt.  Read more...


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