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03 Dec 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, in a message to Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, called for increased cooperation among Christians to protect religious freedom and the right to promote Christian values in society without discrimination.  Read more...
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Pope Meets With Israeli Prime Minister (Catholic News Service)
03 Dec 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel Dec. 2, and discussed prospects for peace in the Middle East and the pope’s still-unscheduled trip to the Holy Land.  Read more...
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03 Dec 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In societies increasingly made up of people of different cultures and religions, people must learn the art of dialogue and reach out to others with respect and friendship, Pope Francis said.  Read more...
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03 Dec 2013 – KIEV, Ukraine (CNS) — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and other Catholic leaders condemned police violence against “peaceful demonstrations” after President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision not to seek closer ties with the European Union.  Read more...
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02 Dec 2013 – CAIRO (CNS) — From his apartment overlooking a major Cairo thoroughfare, Comboni Father Giovanni Esti has witnessed the different stages of Egypt’s revolution: from mass demonstrations and the toppling of a 30-year-old autocratic regime in 2011, to the rise of an Islamic government a year later, its takeover by the army in July and the ensuing violence which has wounded thousands and claimed hundreds of lives.  Read more...
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26 Nov 2013 – CAIRO (CNS) — Egypt’s Christians should stay in their country and help it progress instead of taking “the easy way” of emigrating abroad, said a senior member of the country’s Catholic Church.  Read more...
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25 Nov 2013 – WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — When representatives of Catholic development organizations arrived in Warsaw to lobby for action at an intergovernmental conference on climate change, many also urged greater involvement by their own church.  Read more...
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22 Nov 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After a two-hour private meeting with the patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches, Pope Francis prayed for peace and full religious freedom throughout the Middle East.  Read more...


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