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Jesuit priest abducted in Syria

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

AS ANOTHER priest is kidnapped in Syria, local Christians fear Islamic extremists have seized him. Fr Jacques Mourad was travelling in Qaryatayn with a co-worker yesterday when two motorcycles drew up alongside their car. The kidnappers seized the vehicle and abducted the Jesuit priest. Qaryatayn is a small town around 65 miles (100 km) southwest of Palmyra, which was seized by the extremist group Islamic State on Wednesday. For the past 12 years Fr Mourad had been ministering to Qaryatayn’s Syriac Catholic community. Fr Nawras Sammour, the director of the Jesuit Refugee Services for the Middle East, told Aid to the Church in Need: “We still ... continue reading.

The million-meal miracle

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Mary’s Meals now feeds one million children daily, encouraging them to stay in school... continue reading.


Priest in South Sudan seeks help from his former parishioners in Scotland

May 22nd, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

A Tanzanian priest who served in Scotland has pleaded for help from here as his new home of South Sudan faces a ‘humanitarian crisis.’ ... continue reading.

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Don’t forget us, Iraqi Christians’ plea to UK bishops

May 21st, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

THE bishop overseeing the needs of displaced Christian families in northern Iraq called on an ecumenical delegation to ensure Britain does not forget the plight of Iraq’s suffering Christians.... continue reading.


First Arabic-speaking Catholic saints are Canonised

May 18th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis bestows sainthood on Palestinian nuns, naming St Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and St St Mary of Jesus Crucified... continue reading.

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New Palestinian saints bring hope to their people

May 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis will Canonise two 19th century Palestinian nuns this Sunday, an act a Palestinian bishop has said will show the world his people aren’t ‘just terrorists.'... continue reading.


The Church fears genocide by ISIS

May 15th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Pope Francis condemns those who daily ‘kill Christians in the name of God because they think they are not believers’... continue reading.

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Vatican to officially recognise the State of Palestine

May 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Reports suggest that a new treaty may be signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Pope Francis on Saturday... continue reading.

Rules for child protection commission

May 13th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

The Vatican has published a new set of rules for its commission to protect children.... continue reading.

Cardinal Nichols to offer thanks for Bishop Álvaro del Portillo’s Beatification

May 11th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Archbishop of Westminster to celebrate Mass tomorrow night on feast day of first successor of St Josemaría at the head of Opus Dei... continue reading.

North-east Nigeria: 5000 killed, 100,000 displaced, and 350 churches in ruins

May 11th, 2015 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Maiduguri Diocese assesses extent of Boko Haram suffering ; 'Our faith has been purified through persecution,' says priest... continue reading.

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