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  • Vatican decries “genocidal scourge” of terrorism in the Middle East

    Vatican decries “genocidal scourge” of terrorism in the Middle East

    The chief Vatican diplomat to the United Nations said “there is no greater antidote to violence and hatred than dialogue and encounter” during a debate on the situation in the Middle East taking place at the UN Security Council. Archbishop Bernardito Auza also called on religious leaders to speak out against terrorism, especially when it’s done in the name of God.

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  • ‘The resurrection is not a fantasy,’ Pope Francis insists on Easter Sunday

    ‘The resurrection is not a fantasy,’ Pope Francis insists on Easter Sunday

    Pope Francis once again broke with tradition on Easter Sunday, delivering a largely improvised homily centered on a phone call from the day before with a young engineer suffering from a serious illness. Francis said he attempted to explain to the young man that while God does not give explanations for the suffering of the world, he does offer the promise of the resurrection, which the pope insisted is no mere “fantasy.”

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  • This Holy Week, Good Friday gave Easter Sunday a run for its money

    This Holy Week, Good Friday gave Easter Sunday a run for its money

    Christians believe Christ’s resurrection means that, in the end, light always extinguishes darkness and good always triumphs over evil. During Holy Week 2017, however, that eventual outcome seemed awfully far away, as the week was surrounded by reminders of martyrdom and repeatedly punctuated both with acts of violence and reminders of deep suffering.

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  • Syrian prelate sees Holy Week as time of restoring life

    Syrian prelate sees Holy Week as time of restoring life

    In these blessed days, Lent comes to an end and we are on the threshold of the Easter Celebration, a feast that marks the passage from a life of slavery and dependence to a new life in the promised land, a land of freedom and of divine graces, which we have inherited on the day of the resurrection. Now we are beginning to live Holy Week with its celebrations and prayers which the Church has established as a help and a means to climb up to Golgotha, in order to accompany Christ on his painful journey to His crucifixion and burial, and the arrival of the dawn of deliverance.

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  • Syrian nun honored by U.S. says Assad is ‘not a dictator’

    Syrian nun honored by U.S. says Assad is ‘not a dictator’

    Salesian Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, from Syria, told reporters she doubts Syrian president ordered a chemical attack against civilians, and called the decision from the Trump administration to bomb an air base a “step back from peace.” On March 29 she received the International Woman of Courage Award from first lady Melania Trump.

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  • Syrian bishops, other Catholic leaders protest U.S. missile strike

    Syrian bishops, other Catholic leaders protest U.S. missile strike

    Hours after the United States launched 59 missiles do destroy a military base of the Syrian government, many Catholic leaders, including the bishop of Aleppo, raised their voices in condemnation. Among other things, Catholic leaders in Syria complained that the strike was conducted before an investigation of an alleged chemical attack was completed.

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