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TEHRAN (IQNA) – The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, Ahmed el-Tayeb, discussed with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, ways of developing their ties and reinforcing their dialogue, in addition to several topics of mutual concern.

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In 1940, in the midst of World War II, Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes issued more than 30,000 visas to refugees leaving France. Around 10,000 of them were Jews.

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In the past, there was discussion about the interpretation of the conciliar texts. Now, the Vatican documents themselves are sometimes being called into question. Let’s look back at a document that has left its mark on the history of the Church.
 
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Monday reaffirmed the UAE's commitment to the global fight against the novel coronavirus in a call with the head of the Catholic Church.

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In an interview published today on the well-known Ukrainian website Apostrophe, Filaret said he would appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarch to request a new Tomos of Autocephaly since the existing one -according to the Honorary Patriarch of the Ukrainian Church- creates dependencies on the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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In his medical entrance exam, Kamran Safdar was passed over by Qurʼān memorisers who get a higher score by regulation. Under this system, Christians are the most discriminated group. Kamran wants religious minorities to get the same treatment as Muslims.

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Beirut (Agenzia Fides) - With a circular letter published Monday 3 June, Maronite Archbishop of Beirut, Boulos Abdel Sater, ordered the cancellation of the third installment of the fee to be paid by students of the schools of the "La Sagesse" circuit. The measure can only give a temporary break to families affected by the measure. But it will .. read more
 
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IRAQ: Please stay at home

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church from Iraq, speaking at the conference "Return to the roots: Christians in the Nineveh Plains" organised by Aid to this Church in Need in Rome, in 2017.
The leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community has issued an urgent plea for people to stay at home amid growing fears that the country cannot cope with a spiralling number of COVID-19 cases.
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Reza Ashrafi killed 14-year-old Romina in her sleep. Previously the girl had run away with a 34-year-old man. For critics, it is an example of "institutionalized violence" in a country linked to a "patriarchal" idea of ​​the family and society. The murderer faces three to 10 years in prison.

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Archbishop Hinder confirms that the medical emergency linked to the new coronavirus is getting worse. In San’a, Aden and other cities it has reached critical levels. MSF launches an appeal to the UN and donor countries. We need protection and support tools for health workers. High mortality rate, victims between 40 and 60 years old. 68 patients out of a total of 173 hospitalized.  
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Churchyards have become a true celebration of colour, as evidenced by many photos published last week. Among them, the Orthodox Cathedral of Baia Mare, which waited for its faithful with flowers drawn in the colours of the tricolour. 
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Lydia, the first European Christian

Throughout the year, thousands of Christians of all denominations from all over the world visit the city of Kavala in Greece to celebrate the memory of a woman whose name went down in history as the first European and Greek Christian.

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He was 90 years of age and was the eldest Romanian hierarch. Patriarch Daniel has sent a condolence message to the Archdiocese of Suceava and Radauti of which His Eminence Pimen was former Archbishop. Patriarch Daniel has expressed his sadness at the repose of Archbishop Pimen of Suceava and Radauti.

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Palestinian leader Saeb Erakat and Archbishop Gallagher talked on the phone. Benjamin Netanyahu is planning the annexation and is now supported by Benny Gantz. Trump is in favour as well. Christian leaders have long complained about the apathy of the international community.

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The Archdiocese of Crete announced this in a statement sent to the monasteries and parishes of its jurisdiction, emphasizing that “any other self-action and autonomous choice, takes place without its permission and approval”. 
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The Maronite patriarch's announcement yesterday during the Sunday mass homily. The cardinal denounced the rise in unemployment, the "unacceptable" levels of inflation and a "terrible" drop in the lira. Today agriculture is "a primary necessity". Criticisms of a "vengeful" justice system and a political class that does not care about the well-being of the people.  
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The Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, is optimistic that the historic Sumela Monastery will reopen, referring to the restoration and field work of the historic monastery, which has lasted almost five years. The monastery is about to reopen this year on August 15, the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
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Rome Newsroom, May 15, 2020 / 07:10 am MT (CNA).- The number of people in need of help with basic necessities in Iraq, already in the millions, is expected to rise greatly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Catholic priest working in the country.

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Bernard Sabella sees “no discrimination in this emergency”. People are respecting social distancing and separation; masks and gloves have become ordinary things. The Church and Christians are playing a role in easing the confrontation and promoting dialogue. An Israeli laboratory has taken the first step towards monoclonal antibodies in the fight against coronavirus.  read more
 
In the homily on the feast day of Our Lady of Lebanon, Patriarch al-Rahi calls on the government to ratify the whole recovery plan next Wednesday. Challenges and needs have increased as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The patriarch appeals to Our Lady to heal the sick. Shia leader slammed Germany’s decision to designate Hezbollah as terrorist organisation and ban its activities.    read more
 
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On 11th April 2020, the Lazarus Saturday, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia had a phone conversation.
 
By Vatican News   Pope Francis is making a special call for prayers for all the sick and suffering, in the context of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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United Nations Under-Secretary-General (USG) and Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and Special Adviser (SA) and Head of the United Nations Investigative Team to promote accountability for crimes committed by Da’esh/ISIL in Iraq, Karim A. A. Khan Q.C., commended religious leaders for endorsing  an Interfaith Statement on the Victims of ISIL.

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Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - "The barbaric murder of Saleem Masih, a young Christian from the Kasur district, who was beaten, kicked, chained and tortured with electric cables and a red-hot iron bar and died due to his injuries (see Fides 2/3/2020), goes beyond any sentence. The accusations against him were of being 'a dirty Christian' and 'having polluted' the water of a well. This horrible act of violence is a grim .... read more
 
If you are in search of a meaningful Lenten prayer, you might consider one that has been around since the 4th century and attributed to a Doctor of the Church, St. Ephrem the Syrian. It contains the very essence of the Lenten spirit and is recited twice a day (from Monday through Friday) by Orthodox Christians. The worshiper makes the sign of the cross and a “metany” (a prostration) at the end of each petition, bowing 12 times and repeating:“O God, cleanse me, a sinner.” Finally, the entire prayer is recited once again with the final prostration and the sign of the cross at the end..

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In light of concerns about and implications of the current international spread of COVID 19, the coronavirus, the leadership of the World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee has decided to postpone the upcoming full WCC central committee meeting, currently slated for 18-24 March, along with the executive committee meeting that was to precede it.

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