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15 Jun 2018 – BEIRUT (CNS) — For a Franciscan friar on a mission from Rome, a visit to peaceful areas in Syria provided a glimpse into a window of hope for the war-torn country.  Read more...
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08 Jun 2018 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Messelem Abu Mutlak, a 15-year-old student at the Rosary Sisters School in Gaza, fantasizes about being a champion goalkeeper and when he is not studying, he dedicates himself to improve his soccer skills.  Read more...
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07 Jun 2018 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said that when he was on the Greek island of Lesbos, “while enchanted by the scenery of the blue sky and sea, I was struck by the thought that such a beautiful sea had become a tomb for men, women and children who had for the most part sought only to escape inhumane conditions in their own homelands.”  Read more...
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04 Jun 2018 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church respects the Russian Orthodox Church, its status in Russia and its right to handle its own internal affairs, Pope Francis said.  Read more...
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21 May 2018 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Even in times of violence and despair, the power of joint prayer for peace can be felt, said Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.  Read more...
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21 May 2018 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Francis’ naming of Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I as cardinal is a gift to the Chaldean Catholic church, which has been struggling in the face of terrorism, said an Iraqi archbishop.  Read more...
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20 May 2018 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis announced he would make 14 new cardinals June 29, giving the red cardinal’s hat to the papal almoner, the Iraq-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the archbishop of Karachi, Pakistan, among others.  Read more...
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18 May 2018 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee echoed Pope Francis in calling for reconciliation and peace in the Holy Land amid ongoing violence between Israel and Palestinians.  Read more...


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