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Pope Francis to travel to Sweden for joint Reformation commemoration

by Vatican Radio
Published on January 26, 2016
Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation, together with leaders of the Lutheran… READ MORE
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Pope Francis defends ‘traditional’ marriage ahead of Italy civil unions vote

by Reuters
Published on January 26, 2016
Pope Francis has issued a reminder of the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage as a fierce debate rages in Italy ahead of a vote… READ MORE
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Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery destroyed by Islamic State

by BBC
Published on January 21, 2016
Satellite images confirm that the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been destroyed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). St Elijah’s stood on a… READ MORE
Ultra-Orthodox Jew walks past Dormition Abbey on Mt. Zion in Israel

Church leaders condemn new vandalism at two Christian sites in Jerusalem

by Judith Sudilovsky
Published on January 19, 2016
One week after a Christian cemetery was desecrated outside of Jerusalem, two more Christian sites were vandalized in the city. Several anti-Christian slogans in Hebrew… READ MORE

TRADITIONAL CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY RENAMED ‘FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS’ TO ‘FACILITATE INTEGRATION’

by LIAM DEACON | Breitbart
Published on November 3, 2015

Some primary schools and daycare centres in the region of Dusseldorf, Germany have renamed the Christian festival of Saint Martin’s the ‘festival of lights’ to… READ MORE

French churches get increased security before feast of Assumption

by Catholic News Service
Published on August 13, 2015
PARIS (CNS) — Catholic churches in France have been placed under police protection and urged to take extra security measures against possible Islamist attacks before… READ MORE

The Pope appeals for action against persecution of Christians

by news.va
Published on August 7, 2015
Pope Francis has appealed to the international community to take action against the continuing persecution of Christians and religious minorities. In a letter addressed to… READ MORE

Severe crackdown in China on church crosses draws backlash

by Did Tang | AP/Yahoo News
Published on August 6, 2015
LOWER DAFEI VILLAGE, China — About a dozen Catholics wept and sang hymns outside their church as a man climbed to the top of the… READ MORE
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Pope to lead Havana mass next to Che Guevara portrait

by AFP | Yahoo News
Published on August 4, 2015
Havana (AFP) – Workers in Cuba have begun building the altar where Pope Francis will deliver mass during a landmark visit next month, placing it… READ MORE
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Execution of Catholic in Pakistan Provokes Outcry Over Juvenile Death Sentence

by QASIM NAUMAN | The Wall Street Journal
Published on June 11, 2015
ISLAMABAD — In the early hours of Wednesday, Pakistani authorities executed 37-year-old Aftab Bahadur Masih, his lawyers and a prison official said. Mr. Masih was… READ MORE