- Dec 5, 2019
ROME — Pope Francis’ top diplomat says the international community must pay more attention to persecuted Christians — not for religious reasons, but because they’re innocent victims of armed aggression. “People are to be protected first and foremost [regardless of their faith],” Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of
ROME — In the wake of the recent Paris attacks, when three hooded men killed 12 people while shouting Islamic slogans, the Vatican has denied a report of a security threat suggesting it may be the next target. “The Holy See maintains its usual, appropriate contacts with the security services,
ROME — One month ago, a small group of Catholics in France was desperately trying to raise consciousness about the victims of radical Islamic terror. It wasn’t the Charlie Hebdo attack that drove them, which was yet to come, but rather hundreds of thousands of sometimes forgotten Iraqi and Syrian
ROME — At the end of every December, the Vatican’s missionary agency Fides puts out a list of Catholic pastoral workers killed in the line of duty during the past year. It’s not a complete index of anti-Christian violence, just clergy and laity murdered while working full-time for the Catholic
Debate, diplomacy, and dynamism: 2014 was a headline-generating year for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church. The pope encouraged open debate about controversial topics, stepped up his diplomatic game on the world stage, and continued to shape the Church in his unpredictable yet wholly entertaining style. The Synod of Bishops
In many ways, Erbil is now a city in ruins that mere months ago was an up-and-coming commercial hub. Behind church walls, abandoned sport centers, and in the shades of half-finished buildings, up to 400,000 refugees await a more permanent destination that might take years to arrive.