305 dead, including 27 children, 128 left wounded: it’s the toll of the terrorist massacre of November 24th in the Al Rawdah Mosque, near the town of Bir al-Abd, in north Sinai. The attack signals a disquieting, radical change: Muslims gathered in prayer inside a mosque had never been attacked before.
People should not be afraid of God, as if he were "a master who wants to punish us". For the pope, “Jesus has always shown us that God is not a stern and intolerant master, but a father full of love, tenderness, and goodness. Therefore, we can and must have
(Brussels) “The figures show that religion is far from declining in Europe. However, what is changing is the religious landscape”. Indeed, on the one hand, “Islam is experiencing a rapid transformation process” which “is triggering a
С 16 по 18 ноября в Университете Фрибура (Швейцария) проходит международный семинар «Соборность и её реализация. Богословский топос Церкви на Востоке и Западе».
Ashgabat (Agenzia Fides) – To take part in the baptism of six new Turkmen sisters with joy: this will be the first World Day of the Poor - proclaimed by the Pope for November 19 - by the Catholic faithful of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. This is
Luxor (Agenzia Fides) – A moltitude of Coptic pilgrims crowded the San Giorgio Sanctuary in Rizeigat, in the southwestern province of Luxor for days, in one of the most impressive celebrations of Christian popular devotion recorded annually in the Arab Countries.
Interview with history scholar Miguel Palacio, in charge of Public Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church. “The dream of the Bolsheviks – he said commenting on the centenary of the ‘October Revolution’ – was to erase Russia’s historical, spiritual and social experience, along with
The poor, young people, the Church, the future of the Country. Interview with Gjergj Meta, the youngest bishop in the world, first bishop chosen among the Albanian clergy after the persecution, that exemplifies his commitment and the yearning to serve the good of his community.
The joint statement released by US and Russia at the APEC summit in Vietnam, calling for a negotiated, non-military solution to the armed conflict, the defeat of the Islamic State, is meant to ensure Syria’s emergence from the seven-year long war. For Father Bahjat Elia Karakach, parish priest in Damascus
Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - While the entire Lebanese institutional system is shaken by the resignation of Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Lebanese President Michel Aoun receives today Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai at the
To create spaces for dialogue, open to all, to share ideas and concrete proposals aimed at restarting Europe. The experience at the Vatican, “(Re) thinking Europe”, must continue. Interview with Cardinal Reinhard Marx, President of COMECE. "In this dialogue - he said - the Church must be an instrument of unity. We are not owners of everything. We are not owners of the truth.
Telkaif (Agenzia Fides) - The Kurdish Peshmerga militia is preparing to withdraw from the areas of Nineveh Plain still under their control, according to an agreement that in the next few hours will see Iraqi troops in the same areas. The news, relaunched by various Iraqi and Kurdish political sources, seems
Washington (Agenzia Fides) - US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Israel and Egypt at the end of December, at the request of President Donald Trump, and his mission will also be aimed at strongly affirming that in the Middle East the time has
  Islamabad (Agenzia FIdes) - The legislative law which aims at regulating the institution of Christian marriage in Pakistan and making it officially recognized by the state, so that it can be registered civilly, is making progress. As Fides learns, the Ministry of Human Rights sent
(Vatican Radio) During the General Audience on 25th October, Pope Francis met with two doctors from the Syrian American Medical Society. The Pope told them that he loves Syria and prays for Syrian children every day.
Pope Francis shared a veritable agenda to enable a new start for Europe with participants in "Re-Thinking Europe. “Now is not the time, then, to dig trenches, but instead to work courageously to realize the founding fathers’ dream of a united and harmonious Europe, a community of peoples desirous of sharing a future of development and peace”.
Communiqué  -  Malta, 14–21 October 2017
In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue met in Sliema, Republic of Malta from 14 to 21 October 2017.
Telkaif (Agenzia Fides) - In the late evening of Tuesday, 24 October, the Christians of Telkaif, an Iraqi town located in the Nineveh Plain, abandoned their homes and moved to Qosh and other neighboring villages. Peshmerga fighters from neighboring Kurdistan
The President of Bulgarian bishops considers EU adhesion an important step towards democracy and economic development. However, problems linger on, and today, he said, we are witnessing widespread “apathy” and distance from the community dream.
In this country, it is women – not religious dignitaries – who decide on whether to have children.  This is according to the chair of the Serbian National Assembly Committee on Human and Minority Rights, Meho Omerovic, who reacted on Wednesday.
'The reinstitution of the female diaconate does not constitute an innovation..but the revitalisation of a once functional ministry.
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa is to reinstitute the ancient order of women deacons, in order to better serve the pastoral needs of the Patriarchate, which serves the entire continent of Africa.
Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - Some dozen Iraqi Christian refugees organized a demonstration in Beirut on Wednesday, 11 October in front of the offices of the High Commissioner for Refugees to ask the competent authorities to remove the

IRAQ - New war winds on the Nineveh Plain

Telkaif (Agenzia Fides) - The "Babylonian Brigades", formation of popular protection militias who also count Christian militias in their ranks, have told the Kurdish militia Peshmerga to abandon all areas of the Nineveh Plain under their control, receiving the rejection of
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS), released its report today, entitled Temporary Protected Status: A Vital Piece of the Central American Protection and Prosperity Puzzle recommending the U.S. government
'It's also in our common interest to protect the borders of a humane society' A Hungarian bishop has organised a petition demanding
In a keynote speech during the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland, Ecumenical Patriarch His All-Holiness Bartholomew I termed their purpose “a fresh deliberation on the fate of the earth.”
“Reducing the sense of isolation of the Christian Palestinian community; encouraging charity towards parish communities to reduce extreme poverty; contributing to economic development through small development projects.” These are the three goals of the
“Dialogue is not relativism. Relativism has no inner strength and stands, its powerless hands down, before any historical event. The walk of dialogue instead enables people to look joyfully at other people, to overcome an atmosphere of
An encouragement to support local ecclesial communities and gratefulness for the work of contemplation, research and study of archaeological evidence and for accompanying pilgrims: this is the content of the letter that Pope Francis has sent to the Custos of

Three primates to Bucharest and more news

(Peter Anderson) Yesterday (Wednesday), the Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate issued the official program for the Pilgrimage to the Feast of the Holy Martyr Dimitrie the New, Protector of Bucharest, which will take place from 24 to 29 October 2017. As I previously reported, this