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  • Refugee couple ask Pope Francis to please visit Iraq

    ROME — An Iraqi refugee couple who met Pope Francis on Sunday say they used the opportunity to urge the pontiff to visit their country, an idea he’s floated himself as a gesture of concern for the violence there. At the same time, the couple said they realize such a

  • A Church with verve is at risk in Ukraine

    No one should need persuading that what’s happening in Ukraine right now is alarming. A fragile cease-fire between Russian-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces could unravel at any moment, and even more lives may be at risk this winter as the country scrambles to make up for lost Russian gas. Most

  • Text of Obama’s address on Islamic State strategy

    Text of President Barack Obama’s address Wednesday night on the Islamic State strategy, as prepared for delivery and provided by the White House: ___ My fellow Americans – tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and

  • Dolan: Francis should call out moderate Muslims

    Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is a former president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, and at just 64 he’s positioned to be a force in Catholic life, both at home and abroad, for some time to come. In the second installment of John Allen’s exclusive Crux interview, Dolan discusses

  • Iraq envoy: Francis’ call for action against ISIS was critical

    ROME — People may still be trying to parse Pope Francis’ ambivalent language about U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in a recent press conference, but Iraq’s Vatican ambassador says the pope has put his weight behind military action where it really counted. Without Francis, says Al-Sadr Habeeb Mohammed Hadi Ali, it’s

  • Pope to Iraqi Christians: You are church’s heart

    Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq’s beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the “heart” of the church and that the church is proud of them. In comments translated into Arabic during his weekly Wednesday general audience, Francis said the Catholic Church is like a mother,


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