Prime Minister Marjan Šarec is on an official visit to the Vatican today. This morning he had a private audience with Pope Francis. He also had a meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.  --- Prime Minister Šarec and His Holiness Pope Francis emphasised the friendly relations that exist between Slovenia and the Holy See. “We value the dialogue on bilateral relations that has been established and hope to continue it,” was one of the Prime Minister’s key messages on the occasion of this visit. The Prime Minister also took the opportunity to remind Pope Francis that he has an open invitation to visit Slovenia. 
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King Mohammed VI received, on Tuesday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, several new ambassadors and handed them their appointment Dahirs. ---   For the first time, the list of new ambassadors includes the appointment of a woman to the Vatican. Actually, scholar Rajaa Naji Mekkaoui has been appointed to the Vatican and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

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By Gjergj Erebara  ---   Ahead of hotly disputed local elections in Albania, the Orthodox Church in the country has called on politicians to not use its premises for political activities, following at least two occasions in which mayoral candidates were seen speaking to voters within churches.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew sent to the newly elected Mayor of Constantinople, Ekrem İmamoğlu, for his victory at Sunday’s elections on June 23, a warm congratulatory message on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Greek expats, wishing
 
One hundred arrivals a day - after months-long walks and dangers - from the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iran, internal Africa. If the Mediterranean is "closed off", they try to reach Western Europe through Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia. But the Croatian border is sealed, and those attempting to cross it are faced by soldiers and more violence. While the temporary reception centres in the Balkan country lack services and all forms of basic necessities, Caritas reaches out to refugees       read more
 
Christians in the Holy Land may exist, but they have lost the influence they used to have in international politics, says Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.  --  In an exclusive interview with ZENIT in Amman, Jordan, the Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, residing in Jordan, affirmed this.
 
Kiev (AFP) - The former head of Ukraine's breakaway independent church held a rare conference of clerics Thursday with the aim of restoring his religious leadership, threatening the future of Ukraine's new unified Orthodox Church.

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Faith actors call for global solidarity

The diversity of origins and traditions which make humanity unique are being targeted by intolerance, sometimes by brutal violence, and refugees are often on the front line of this assault. Reinforcing the traditional role of faith communities in offering sanctuary to refugees, more than 25 faith-based actors express their further
 
(Peter Anderson) Filaret’s “Local Council” of the Kyiv Patriarchate was held this morning (Thursday) at his St. Vladimir Cathedral in Kyiv. It was sparsely attended. It appears that journalists were present at the Cathedral before the meeting began but were excluded once the meeting started. According to a BBC journalist, there were present before the start of the meeting two other bishops besides Filaret – namely the two bishops responsible for the UOC-KP inside the
 
In an exclusive interview with ZENIT in Amman, Jordan, Bishop Krikor Augustin Coussa, Bishop of Alexandria of the Armenian Catholics (Egypt, Sudan, and the African countries), affirmed this.

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In May, Pope Francis issued a detailed ruling on how officials in the Roman Catholic Church must handle cases of clerical sexual abuse, the first official codification of the church’s global policy. --  Though abuse survivors have criticized the pope’s ruling as not strong enough and for being approved only “ad experimentum for three years,” his statement is thorough about how abuse allegations should be handled and powerful given the backing of the head of the Catholic Church.

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In the Christian stronghold of Maaloula people still speak Aramaic – the language of Jesus Christ. The village was captured by Al Nusra terrorists in September 2013. They profaned and plundered churches, ancient sanctuaries and set fire to houses. Most of its inhabitants were forced to flee. Today, after 5 years, the villagers are trying to start anew. The accounts of the Melkite priest and of the Orthodox Archimandrite    read more - foto - video
 
A 1,400-year-old monastery that was the first Christian site discovered in the UAE has reopened to the public. --     The site on Sir Bani Yas island, about 200km west of Abu Dhabi city, has been covered by a new shelter, information boards added, lighting installed to allow night tours and new roads built to improve access.

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As the council of the Lutheran World Federation met on 12 June, World Council of Churches general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit shared greetings and appreciation.

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Vatican City — Pope Francis told Jesuits in Romania that tensions and struggles within the church have left it wounded and that the only path forward is through humble dialogue, not futile arguments.
 
Midelt, Morocco — There are no ghosts at the Notre Dame de L'Atlas Monastery in Midelt, Morocco, but there are memories. It is in this city in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains where the two Trappist monks who survived the massacre of their community in Tibhirine, Algeria, re-established their community.

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The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I strongly criticized the Russian Patriarchate of Moscow on Tuesday regarding the issue of the independence of the Ukrainian Church.  The already-cool relations between the two Christian Orthodox Patriarchates were completely severed a few months ago, when the Ukrainian Church received the status of “Autocephaly,” or Independence, from the Russian Church.
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WARSAW (Reuters) - A Polish court has ordered church authorities to hand over to prosecutors classified files regarding a paedophilia case, in a rare example of a clash between the state and the powerful Catholic Church in deeply devout Poland.
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Communiqué. From 6 to 7 June, within the program “From heart to heart” inaugurating the ministry of the new Metropolitan of Philadelphia, Kyr Borys Gudziak, a conference entitled “The Future of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in North America” was held at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.
 
In the presence of many people, today, Tuesday, June 11, the memory of Saint Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas was celebrated in the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a day that the name of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is also honoured.
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From January’s church bombings in southern Philippines which killed at least 20 and wounded scores more, to the decades-old persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya population which has seen a mass exodus of 1.2 million people fleeing for their lives, religious freedom isn’t exactly one of ASEAN’s strong points.

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The regional presidents of the World Council of Churches sent special greetings to churches around the world celebrating Pentecost.

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Opening address by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania at the International Conference on the relations between the State and religious denominations in the European Union, at the Palace of the Patriarchate, Friday, June 7, 2019.

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Archbishop Elpidophoros: “the saints are our bridge and bond with heaven.” His visit to venerate St. Iakovos Tsalikis, the earthly angel and heavenly man, and the address of the Archbishop at the Sacred Monastery of St. David of Evia, May 30, 2019.
 
Violence towards the faithful does not seem to originate in laws or declarations of the supreme leaders, but zealous Party officials, worried about the growth of Christian communities. The testimony of a Henan priest. 
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On the plane returning to Rome from Romania, Pope Francis made an extraordinary statement on the role of theology in ecumenical relations at his press conference June 2.
 
CHARIS, a new unified service for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, will be inaugurated at Pentecost. Father Alexandre Awi Mello, secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, and Jean-Luc Moens, the first moderator of CHARIS, were asked by Vatican News to tell us about this new service, which was commissioned by Pope Francis.
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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations, visited the WCC at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 5 June, during a visit to Switzerland.
 
(LWI) - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) annual governing body convenes from 13 to 18 June at the Ecumenical Center in Geneva, under the theme “Because we know God’s voice” (John 10:4).

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