Archbishop of Lahore, Francis Sebastian Shaw has stated that the persecution of Christians is a matter of human rights abuses. Archbishop while talking to Fox News said that in order to curb the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, church members need
(Vatican Radio) In just one week’s time, Pope Francis takes off on a journey to the Egyptian capital Cairo, where he will visit the prestigious al-Azhar centre of Islamic studies.  Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the Orthodox world, is also expected to join the Holy Father there, alongside
In his Easter message, Pope Francis recalls the massacre of refugees bombed yesterday while they were fleeing Aleppo. "The signs of the Passion" of Jesus to draw "on his way, the way of life." "The Risen Shepherd is our traveling companion of those who are
Paschal message - Beloved spiritual brethren and children, Christ is risen, truly He is risen. Christ is risen and the East is bleeding. Christ is risen and our people of all faiths pay with their own lives the cost exacted from selfish interest.
The Coptic Orthodox Church has cancelled the reception of condolences from public figures at Easter services on Sunday, Pope Tawadros announced today during his sermon as he led the Good Friday mass at Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral.
Jesus’ Sepulchre, fully restored, will welcome thousands of pilgrims and faithful arriving from world countries to celebrate Easter in Jerusalem. This year the date of April 16 will be the same for all Eastern and Western Churches, a propitious
Pope Francis expresses "prayer and solidarity" for the victims killed in Westminster. A young Muslim  apologizes to the victims because terrorists used his religion to cause such violence. Islam "has been taken hostage." Police release the name of the dead attacker: Khalid Massoud, 52, born in Britain. Perhaps he is
1,112 Catholic pastoral care workers have been killed in the period 1990-2016. According to figures released by Fides, 28 people were killed in 2016, six more compared to the previous year: 14 priests, 9 women religious, 1 seminarian, 4 lay Christians. For the eighth year running the highest number was
Hassaké (Agenzia Fides)
- The militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) have withdrawn from the surroundings of Hassaké. For years, they had positions in less than twenty kilometers from the capital of the province, in northeastern Syria. Now they are at least sixty kilometers away.
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides)
- The Holy Sepulcher risks collapsing if nothing is done to shore up its unstable foundations. The alarm was launched by the same team of archaeologists and experts who have just successfully completed the restoration of the Edicule (a small structure within the Church of
Ankara (Agenzia Fides) – Starting from March 2017, an Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople will celebrate the Divine Liturgy for the Orthodox faithful living in Ankara once a month, and will do so by
From the beginning of the conflict in Donbas, the Church of the Holy Theotokos in the village of Vilcha, Vovchansk district, Kharkiv region, have taken care of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The main categories of people who moved from the
According to her, the purpose of the rally is to show that, if women earlier demanded equal rights with men, then now “women’s main right is now at risk—the right to bear a healthy child.”
On February 14-15 the Apostolic Nuncio in Ukraine, , returned to visit the eastern region of the Country. The population is on its last legs, the bombings never ceased despite the Minsk Agreements. “A teacher broke out in tears in front of me and
(Vatican Radio) The Apostolic Administrator for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, O.F.M., has sent a letter to the people of the diocese at the beginning of the season of Lent.
A beheaded statue of Mary, a painting of Christ thrown to the ground and crushed, sacred images used for target shooting, desecrated and ravaged cemeteries, graves and tombstones; shrines, monasteries, churches, homes and shops set ablaze. The terrorists of the Islamic State (Isis) left a
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The harmonious agreement on the need to pursue a shared commitment, along with the joint recognition of the fruitfulness of the European Catholic Orthodox Forum, was given concrete expression with the decision to hold a sixth session in 2018.
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - A note released by the communications office of the Patriarchate of Antioch of the Greek-Melkite reports that Grègoire Patriarch Laham III continues to carry out his role, is preparing to launch "new projects" and plans to "double his
Yerevan (Agenzia Fides) - The summit convened in Yerevan (Armenia) by Patriarch Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, to try to resolve the increasingly tangled dispute in place concerning the next election of the Armenian Apostolic Patriarch of Constantinople, reached a
From the very beginning of the project as part of the Initiative “Pope for Ukraine”, from 1 January to 28 February 2017, the medical office of Caritas-Spes-Zaporizhia received nearly 800 people from among the IDPs.
For the second time Government forces, supported by the Russians, have wrested the historic city from the Islamic state. In Geneva, the delegation from Damascus accuses the opposition of holding  the peace talks "hostage". The anti-Assad front looks to Trump and the new US administration after Obama's "catastrophic" policies
The battle of Mosul, fought by the Iraqi forces against the militia of the Islamic State, is followed with concern by tens of thousands of Christians sheltered in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) since summer 2014, after having fled from Mosul and from the villages in the Nineveh Plains, escaping
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - After nine months of works the restoration of the Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is about to end. The media linked to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land inform that the scaffolds were removed and also the steel beams, placed
Al Arish (Agenzia Fides) - The announced series of murders against Coptic Christians in northern Sinai in recent weeks, has caused the flight of more than 100 Christian families, who moved from the capital al Arish to the city of Ismailia, 120
(Brussels) “The political ‘muddling through’ which for a long time” has characterised the EU’s strategy “no longer suffices. If the European project is to be revived, there is the need for a clear vision of its outstanding merit combined with
(Brussels) Tomorrow, 1 March, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) is setting up three Eucharistic celebrations for MEPs and officers in Brussels, on Ash Wednesday; at the end of those celebrations, it will
Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - The Israeli army bulldozers have already taken action to implement the announced demolition of Bedouin villages situated within the territories of the occupied West Bank, east of Jerusalem, in an area considered strategic for
ETCHMIADZIN — An agreement on the elections of the Patriarch of Istanbul has been reached after two days of discussions at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.Based on the agreement, the Locum Tenens will be elected by
Beirut (Agenzia Fides)
- The best way to protect Christians in the Middle East consists in the "eradication of radical Islam", while we must avoid policies that encourage the exodus of Middle Eastern Christians from their lands. These are the key concepts so far expressed about the
Mosul (Agenzia Fides)
- About thirty young people, belonging to an organization of civilian volunteers, mostly Muslims, cleaned and tidied the Chaldean church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in Drakziliya, in Mosul on the left bank of the Tigris River and now