The conference begins tomorrow and continues until June 21. Joint work was blocked in 2002 over allegations of "proselytism" against the Russian Catholic Church. Change of climate after the meeting between Francis and Kirill in Havana in 2016.
 
(Brussels) The European network in charge of preserving and promoting the religious heritage of the continent, “Future for Religious Heritage” (Frh), has been chosen as the recipient of EU funds, as part of the “Creative Europe” programme, for
 
The number of pilgrims who have already visited St Nicholas’ relics, that since May 21st and until July 12th will be kept in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, is nearing 700 thousand. On these extremely hot days, the organisers have
 
The case dates back to 2014, when a fiscal examination was carried out on taxes paid by the Catholic Exarchate of Sofia, which includes the faithful of Byzantine rite. Tax authorities of the capital city claim that two of the buildings owned by the Exarchate are used as dwelling places. Msgr. Christo Proykov,
 
A night of prayers for persecuted Christians will take place in 300 cities across the Netherlands the night before tomorrow, Saturday 17th June. The initiative is promoted by “Open doors”, an association that supports Christians who are
 
Salafis, Wahhabites and Muslim Brotherhood respond to crisis in Islam with a return to the origins and a war against the "infedels." Their belief is similar to that of Al Qaeda and Daesh. War between Sunnis and Shiites. Saudi Arabia's proselytism and the spread of the fundamentalist mosques. Once a model to imitate, Europe has become an example of "decadence" to be fought against.
 
Congratulatory message reads as follows:
Your Holiness,
 
Open letter

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There is a 'deep rift' between the Christian concept of freedom and the modern idea of freedom in the Western world, warned Bartholomew

 
The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew visited the Archbishop of Athens and Greece Ieronymos, today.
The Head of Orthodoxy praised the work of the head of the Church of Greece for the relief of the Greek people in the present conditions of the economic crisis by pointing out that "the Church stands by the Greek people and
 
On May 31, 2017 AD, at 18:30 at the age of 84 after a difficult illness passed away His Beatitude Lubomyr (Husar), Archbishop Emeritus of the UGCC.
 
It was at this meeting that the members of Radio Maria explained to Pope Francis their dream of streaming his retransmissions in Arabic. 
 
Pope Tawadros II has announced that he will donate the prize money from the “Award of the Unity of Orthodox People”, which he received on Tuesday in Russia, to contribute to the building of a mosque and church in the New Administrative Capital.
 
Vladimir Putin met with the Head of the Coptic Church, His Holiness The conversation with Pope Tawadros II took place in the residence of the primate of the Russian Orthodox Church where the head of state was visiting Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his Name Day.
 
His Holiness Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, His Beatitude Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Mor Ignatius Youssef III Younan, and His Beatitude Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon Mar Louis Rafael I Sako, met His Excellency US Vice President Mike Pence at
 
In a letter to Patriarch Sako, Mgr Ortega Martín says that cooperation between Churches is a "strong show of communion” in the face of persecution and violence. The prelate notes that it is everyone's responsibility to favour the return of refugees to their homes. He praises refugees who "after losing everything, held on to their faith." Christ "is your strength", he tells them.
 
Moscow, May 23, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent an early icon of Saint Nicholas to Pope Francis to express his gratitude for the pope's assistance in organizing the historic visit of the relics of Saint Nicholas to Russia.
 
Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - UNESCO is preparing to recognize the "Path of the Holy Family", the itinerary that unites the places travelled, according to the millennial traditions, by Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus when they found refuge in Egypt to escape the violence of Herod, as "World Heritage" of
 
Two recent signs suggests that Pope Francis's April 28-29 trip to Egypt, when he delivered his strongest-yet denunciation of religious violence and extremism, may have captured a mood. One is the construction of a new Christian church with Muslim support, the other legal charges against a powerful Islamic cleric who called Christians and Jews "infidels."


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President Michael D Higgins has commiserated with the leader of Coptic Orthodox leader Pope Tawadros II over the recent killings of scores of his followers in bombings by Islamist extremists.
 
In response to the appeal of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches, the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, has sent to Ukrainian President P. Poroshenko and Supreme Rada Chairman A. Parubiy a letter expressing profound concern over the prospect of the adoption of Bills Nos 4128 and 4511 and called upon them to withdraw them.
 
is the new mayor of Bethlehem. He was appointed after the administrative election held past Saturday, May 13. Salman’s voting list, “We are all Bethlehem” gained 8 out of 15 available seats. Lawyer, three children, Salman is among the most
 
(Bratislava) Fr. Titus Zeman (1915-1969), due to be beatified on 30 September 2017, has become better known among the faithful in Slovakia, mainly thanks to a new website on his life launched by the Salesians. Information about his life, martyrdom and
 
“The Church in Europe is a church that deeply believes in the European continent. It loves that continent, so steeped in history, traditions, cultures, populations that wish to keep their own faces and to join forces in a spirit of unity and communion, for a continent that has its own
 
Fr Ludwig Pichler, S.J., one of the 20th century’s greatest figures in the field of sacred music, passed away earlier this morning in the infirmary of the Jesuit home for retired priests in Rome, at the age of 101. Born in Bosnia on July 15th, 1915, ordained a priest at the church of
 
More dead bodies, already 250, cover the sea bed of the Mare Nostrum. But another death, promptly forgotten, added on to the list of “migration martyrs”, which stirs our conscience even more: the young asylum-seeker from Mali who committed suicide from the raised walkway of Milan’s train station. All these deaths, at sea and
 
“Although the Dayton Agreement has put an end to the bloodshed, it has not brought justice and equality to all citizens of the country; rather, it has given rise to an ongoing political conflict between national stakeholders and politicians that is making the State of Bosnia and Herzegovina more unstable and without prospects”.
 
(Brussels) “Nowadays, Europe is at a crossroads: it can get back together or break up. The Catholic Church too considers this a key, fundamental time for building peace and solidarity between different peoples and states”. Father Olivier Poquillon o.p., general secretary of Comece
 
“May we continue to advance together on our journey towards the same Eucharistic table, and grow in love and reconciliation”. Pope Francis expressed this hope in the message he sent to His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, to mark the “Day of Friendship” between Copts
 
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has said he hoped his visit to Egypt, carried out with “God’s help,” could be