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16 Oct 2017 – OPTINA PUSTYN, Russia (CNS) — On Christmas night two years ago, Anya Bulochnikova, 29, first discovered Optina Monastery’s golden onion-shaped domes rising above the bucolic hills and snowdrifts of Russia’s Ugra National Park.  Read more...
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16 Oct 2017 – MOSCOW (CNS) — One hundred years after Russia’s communist revolution inaugurated an era of church persecution and state-sponsored atheism, an Eastern Orthodox novel recently won the country’s top literary prize, and a statue of the country’s first Christian emperor was erected outside the Kremlin walls.  Read more...
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13 Oct 2017 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — On his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land just at the outbreak of the intifada, Franciscan Father Wladyslaw Brzezinski was awed by the quiet contemplation with which a fellow friar was able to pray under a sprawling sabra cactus in the courtyard of the Church of the Visitation.  Read more...
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12 Oct 2017 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — No matter how much suffering Christians face in the world, God never forgets those who trust in and serve him, Pope Francis told leaders of Eastern Catholic churches.  Read more...
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11 Oct 2017 – LIVERPOOL, England (CNS) — Two millennia of Christianity in Iraq could be wiped out completely if war breaks out between Iraqi forces and Kurdish nationalists, warned a U.S. adviser to the Chaldean Catholic Church.  Read more...
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10 Oct 2017 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — For centuries, Catholics in India have drawn support from and expressed their faith through the liturgies, traditions and spiritualities of three different rites; Pope Francis said it is time that all of them, no matter where they live in the country, have their own bishops.  Read more...
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09 Oct 2017 – ROME (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic bishops urged their people — particularly those who have immigrated to other countries from their homelands — to persevere and to hold onto their Chaldean faith and identity.  Read more...
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29 Sep 2017 – ROME (CNS) — Christians don’t want to be a “protected minority” in the Middle East; they must be full citizens with full rights and the opportunity to contribute to a just and lasting peace, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.  Read more...


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