Next week's centenary of the execution of Russia's last tsar has reignited a long-running conflict between the state and the Russian Orthodox Church over what to do with the murdered royal family's remains.
 
Nearly 500 moral theologians and ethicists are to gather at the end of July for a first-of-its-kind meeting focused how they can respond to the shifting global geopolitical environment and address contentious issues such as climate change and migration.
 
WASHINGTON—The Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB and Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) today issued the following statement on the ongoing efforts to reunite children separated from their families at the border.
 
Statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See
Concluding session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration
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The latest Eurostat report on demography in the EU marks an overall increase in the number of inhabitants, that exceed 512 million. But the positive balance is due to migrations, while deaths exceed births; 90 thousand less births in a year. Ireland is the Country with highest number of babies, Italy – along with south-European countries – ranks last

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Back in 1924, the nominee of the Progressive Party for Vice President, Burton Wheeler, hit on a novel gimmick to call out Republican President Calvin Coolidge on the campaign trail. Instead of just complaining about the incumbent’s unwillingness to engage his challengers, Wheeler set up an empty chair on stage and pretended as if Coolidge actually were in the room.
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I hope that the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council will bring concrete steps towards a common asylum system throughout the EU. There is need for an appropriate political strategy aimed at stemming the numerous regional conflicts that
 
(Peter Anderson) On July 3, the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, consisting of Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna, met with Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit and others in Sofia (link).  Yesterday (Monday) was
 
After the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a declaration saying that the war between the two countries is over, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit praised the agreement as opening a new door for peace in the region.
 
Moscow, July 9, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has discussed the issue of keeping inter-Orthodox unity with representatives of the Constantinople Patriarchate.
According to the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill met
 
His fears for the Christian population of the Middle East proved well-founded. THE months leading up to the Anglo-American assault on Saddam Hussein in 2003 produced some tense moments in diplomacy of the religious, as well as the secular, sort.
 

EuroCourse 2018 "Head in the Cloud"

EuroCourse is an international opportunity for European leaders organised by FIMCAP, the international federation of Catholic parochial youth movements. This year’s EuroCourse, titled Head in the Cloud, kicked off on Thursday 1st February.    READ MORE
 
“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,” Pope Francis said as he and 17 leaders of the Christian churches and communities in the Middle East met in the southern Italian city of Bari on July 7. The gathering was convened to pray for peace in the Middle East and to discuss what the Christian churches might do together to contribute to that goal.   read more
 
Francis is in Bari, Italy, together with the Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of Middle Eastern Churches for a day of prayer for peace. "We want to give a voice to those who have none, to those who can only wipe away their tears. For the Middle East today is weeping,
 
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran “spent all this life at the service of the Gospel and the Church and in the diplomacy of the Holy See, always at the service of peace in the world through interreligious dialogue”: ....   read more
 
CAIRO – July 6, 2018: Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac, the Patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church and the Head of the Council of Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops in Egypt, sent a cable of condolences, to Pope Francis on the death of
 
“Peace be upon you! Christians together for the Middle East”: is the motto of Pope Francis’ visit to Bari for the ecumenical meeting of prayer for peace due to take place next July 7. In the city that preserves the relics of St. Nicholas, the Pope and the heads of Churches and Christian communities of
 
In the Muslim city of Jericho, where the small Christian minority is a tiny yet powerful beacon of hope, the church dedicated to the Good Shepherd and the “Terra Sancta School”, the only mixed educational institute in the city, are the beating heart of the small Christian community

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Vatican City — The Vatican's secretary of state warned July 5 that humanity is facing a "possible collapse" in the Earth's ability to sustain life, as part of a two-day conference hosted by the Catholic Church to urge global leaders to mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change.

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At the direction of Vice President Mike Pence, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback led a U.S. delegation to
 
MOUNT OF OLIVES, JERUSALEM – June 29th 2018, the day of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and in Palestine received religious and civilian authorities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the delegation as well as the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate.
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Patriarch Irinej  -the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church- says he remains in his earlier position that the time is not right for Pope Francis to visit Serbia.
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Today, in the Vatican, His Beatitude Sviatoslav met with Pope Francis. The meeting took place at the initiative and at the request of the Head of the UGCC on the occasion of the commemoration of the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus-Ukraine, the website of the Kyiv Archdiocese of the UGCC has reported citing the Secretariat of the Head of the UGCC in Rome.   leggi tutto read more
 
In a 2 July letter, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit congratulated Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, on being ordained as a cardinal.
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Message of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.  VIDEO MESSAGE
to the Opening of the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
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Rome — The official commission for dialogue between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches has published its first document in 13 years, focusing on how each global institution can learn from the other in balancing exercise of ecclesial authority at the local, regional and worldwide levels.
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(Peter Anderson) The members of the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate (Metropolitans Ioannis, Emmanuel, and Bartholomew) have continued their visits to the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches in order to discuss the Ukrainian situation.

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SIR exclusive interview with Cardinal Kurt Koch on the Day for Reflection and Prayer for peace in the Middle East. “We had been planning this initiative for some time already, the situation in the Middle East is very close to the heart of the Holy Father.
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CAIRO – 2 July 2018: Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark celebrated on Sunday the Holy Family Journey at Virgin Mary Church in Maadi district, Southern Cairo.
 
Constantinople has never recognized Moscow's church authority over Ukraine, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew said during the 40th Day after death memorial service for Metropolitan Evangelos of Perga on 1 July.The head of the information department of