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17 Oct 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis gave Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a fancy pen as a gift, and Abbas told the pope, “I hope to sign the peace agreement with Israel with this pen.”  Read more...
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17 Oct 2013 – TBILISI, Georgia (CNS) — Georgian children of parents who could not — or would not — care for them were getting ready for the day on a recent weekend morning in their group house run by the Catholic charity, Caritas.  Read more...
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14 Oct 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Evangelization requires people who joyfully and lovingly live their faith, are not afraid to go out to share it and know how to transmit to others the essential teachings of the church, Pope Francis said.  Read more...
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11 Oct 2013 – LARNACA, Cyprus (CNS) — Melkite Archbishop Issam Darwich of Zahleh and Furzol, Lebanon, knows what it’s like to be a stranger in strange land.  Read more...
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10 Oct 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ decision to call an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family in 2014 demonstrates how important he believes the family is and the urgency he sees in responding to problems Christian families face, said the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family.  Read more...
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09 Oct 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, like Islam’s Sufi mystic theologians and poets, “is trying to do good for the sake of the Good One, motivated by love and compassion,” said the president of the Islamic Affairs Council of Maryland.   Read more...
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03 Oct 2013 – KILIS, Turkey (CNS) — Fifteen-year-old Abdullah Haji Mustafa wants to fight. He has been living in a refugee camp in Turkey for a year, since his family fled Tall Rifat, an embattled Syrian town just north of Aleppo.  Read more...
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03 Oct 2013 – YEREVAN, Armenia (CNS) — Thousands of previously middle-class Syrians now stranded in Armenia are rapidly running out of resources and could soon have no shelter, food or medicine, said an international aid group official.  Read more...


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