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  • A lesson from Azerbaijan about life in a global Church

    A lesson from Azerbaijan about life in a global Church

    • Feb 25, 2017

    Salesian Father Vladimír Fekete, the Apostolic Prefect of Azerbaijan, recently made a couple of statements that may seem puzzling to Western ears. Walking a mile in his shoes, however, is basically the price of admission to life in a global Church.

  • Looking back at 2016, the Year of Surprises: Pope Francis

    Looking back at 2016, the Year of Surprises: Pope Francis

    • Dec 20, 2016

    In this series, Crux is examining Catholic highlights of 2016. Here we look back at a dramatic year for Pope Francis, in which the pontiff took six overseas journeys, issued a landmark document on the family, overhauled the Vatican’s bureaucracy, and also watched Benedict XVI occasionally step out of the shadows.

  • In Muslim Azerbaijan, Pope rejects ‘extreme and radical attitudes’

    In Muslim Azerbaijan, Pope rejects ‘extreme and radical attitudes’

    • Oct 2, 2016

    On his first visit to a majority Shiite Muslim nation on Sunday, Pope Francis in Azerbaijan told an inter-religious assembly that the goals of fraternity and the common good cannot be reached through “extreme and radical attitudes which are furthest from the living God.”

  • Pope gently nudges long-divided Caucasus region to harmony

    Pope gently nudges long-divided Caucasus region to harmony

    • Oct 2, 2016

    In Azerbaijan today, Pope Francis made his first visit to a majority Shiite Muslim nation, and the pontiff called for both peaceful resolution of conflict and harmony among Muslims, Jews and Christians. He explained travelling to such a small country by saying he’s imitating the Holy Spirit.

  • Pope’s message of reconciliation to loom large in Georgia, Azerbaijan

    Pope’s message of reconciliation to loom large in Georgia, Azerbaijan

    • Sep 29, 2016

    Pope Francis travels to Georgia and Azerbaijan over the weekend, and each stop presents its own unique challenges. In Georgia he’ll visit an overwhelmingly Orthodox nation constantly at odds with Russia, and in Azerbaijan he’ll encounter a largely Shi’a Muslim society, in both cases pushing peace and reconciliation.

  • Pope has a chance to bond with natural Muslim ally

    Pope has a chance to bond with natural Muslim ally

    • Sep 26, 2016

    When Pope Francis makes a brief stop in the small Caucasus nation of Azerbaijan on Sunday, he has a chance not simply to improve Catholic/Muslim relations generally but to exploit the possibility of a natural alliance with Shiite Muslims, the second largest branch of Islam.

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