Representatives of UN agencies such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have spoken of how religious communities and churches can play a key part in ending violence in early childhood.
Holy Friday has become an official public non-working holiday in Romania, the Romanian Orthodox Church’s Basilica News Agency reports.
Israel is home to about 140,000 Ethiopian Jews who moved there after 1975, when the Jewish State recognised their Jewish identity. About 8,000 are left in Ethiopia, separated from families already in Israel. The government has promised to get them out, but is
The chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk answered questions from a correspondent of Kyodo Tsushin news agency, Japan.   –  In August 2017 Cardinal Pietro Parolin visited Russia.
Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – The participation in the upcoming political elections, scheduled for May 12, represents "a national and moral duty" and an opportunity to advance Iraq on the path of democracy, stability and justice. This is what the Patriarchate of Babylon of
A place dedicated to encounter and literature opens in the former capital of the Caliphate. The jihadists burned books and whipped those who read forbidden texts. Marx and Nietzsche are also on the shelves today. The project was born thanks to the commitment of two thirty-year-old engineers who want to
Patriarch Irinej says he supports the idea to add "Patriarchate of Pec" to the official name of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC).
Patriarch Bartholomew praised Austria’s Orthodox Act - that Orthodox religion is taught at state schools - saying it was an 'important role model'
The court ordered a nun and another Catholic priest to face trial in the 26-year-old case A CBI court in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday acquitted Catholic priest Father Jose Poothrukayil in the murder of
A side-event to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council entitled “The Impact of Media on Freedom of Religion or Belief” took place on March 6 in Geneva. The high-level event was dedicated to discussing the potential of
Sofia, Bulgaria -  Patriarch Neophyte of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church expressed his anticipation of the three-day visit from the Russian Patriarch Kirill starting on March 2, 2018.
More than 150 young people, aged 6 to 13, are taking after-school courses organised by the city’s Latin parish. For Fr Ibrahim, they are "the most fragile and need all kind of help”. Many of them are “difficult” cases. The programme includes
Netanyahu makes a u-turn and freezes the controversial bill. Christian leaders: We thank God, the Churches will continue to work to protect the Christian presence, still threatened by many difficulties.
Jerusalem (CNN)The large wooden doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre look more like a dam holding back a flood of pilgrims seeking to glimpse the spot where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.
We, the heads of Churches in charge of the Holy Sepulcher and the Status Quo governing the various Christian Holy Sites in Jerusalem - the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Custody of the Holy Land and the Armenian Patriarchate - are following with great
(JTA) — Representatives of Polish Jews have complained to the state media watchdog about a public broadcaster airing an interview with a priest who said Jews have a unique understanding of the concept of truth.
The latest assault began a day after the declaration of the 30-day ceasefire on humanitarian grounds. Iranian official: the truce does not concern terrorist groups, operations in the area will continue. Unconfirmed sources speak of new chemical attacks. Yesterday at the Angelus the appeal of
Minister of State for Media Affairs and the government spokesperson Mohammad Momani, on Sunday, February 25, condemned the recent Israeli actions against churches and their property in Jerusalem.
Catholics and Orthodox launch protest over a proposed property law and a Jerusalem municipality bid to make churches pay back taxes
25 февраля 2018 года, в Неделю 1-ю Великого поста, Торжества Православия, Иверской иконы Божией Матери, святителя Алексия, митрополита Киевского, Московского и всея Руси, чудотворца, Святейший Патриарх Московский и всея Руси Кирилл
By Ori Lewis  -   JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called an unprecedented attack on Christians in the Holy Land.
“All this is inhuman,” Francis told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing. He spoke hours after the United Nations adopted a resolution demanding a 30-day truce across Syria to allow aid access and medical evacuation.
“There are millions of people in the world who are suffering for their faith, and we pretend as though it were nothing,” the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, denounced to Zenit on Saturday, February 24, in front of the
Asia Bibi and Rebecca Bitrus 'represent models for a society that today is afraid of pain', said Pope Francis
The Saipem drilling platform, which operates under license from the Cypriot government, was supposed to resume its activities. Turkey rejects the agreements signed by the Cypriot government with Israel and Egypt, claiming that they harm the
ROME - Although it’s basically apocryphal, a saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi advises, “Preach always, and, when necessary, use words.” Popes, of course, use a lot of words, but they also find plenty of other ways to preach - in gestures, through their travel, in policy decisions and
Two of them survived torture in the Sinai. Refugees from the Holot detention center launch a hunger strike: "They are throwing our lives away". Israel wants to expel 15-20 thousand refugees, the prisons can only take 1,000.
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - The Israeli Parliament rejected a bill, which would have recognized the "Armenian Genocide". Sponsored by Yesh Atid party chairman Yair Lapid, the bill was rejected in a preliminary vote which took place on
“Concern and sadness for continued, repeated offences against the religious feelings of devotees of different confessions”. This has been expressed by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities, the Spanish Bishops Conference, the
The Vatican’s latest openings to China resemble the path traced by the old Ostpolitik of Card. Agostino Casaroli. Then as now, the Holy See’s moves have provoked and provoke disagreements, criticism and charges of forgetting the persecuted Church and