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Pope Francis told Iraqi Christians that when they suffer discrimination, persecution or war, the Eight Beatitudes are addressed to them. more
Traveling to the birthplace of Abraham, Pope Francis urged believers to prove their faith in the one God and father of all by accepting one another as brothers and sisters. more
In a low-key meeting followed closely in Iraq and beyond, Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the influential leader of Shiite Muslims in Iraq, spent 45 minutes speaking privately. more
Visiting a Baghdad cathedral “hallowed by the blood of our brothers and sisters” murdered in a terrorist attack that shook the world, Pope Francis said their sacrifice must motivate faith and a commitment to working for the common good. more
To consolidate peace and ensure progress, the government and people of Iraq must never treat anyone as a second-class citizen and must work each day to promote harmony, Pope Francis said. more
As Pope Francis packed his bags to travel internationally for the first time in 15 months, news stories were flashing warnings about the dangers of his March 5-8 visit to Iraq, not only due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but also because of Iraq’s long-term security problems, including bomb and rocket attacks. more
Pope Francis has named Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the office that advises the pope on the nomination of bishops around the world. more
Pope Francis’ upcoming apostolic visit to Iraq offers Americans a time for prayer and solidarity with the pope and the Iraqi people, said two leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. more
Pope Francis told the people of Iraq he was going to their country as a “penitential pilgrim,” asking God’s forgiveness for years of war, persecution and destruction, and as a … more
There is no greater love in the world than the love God has for humanity, Pope Francis said. more
The House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in a 224-206 vote Feb. 25. more
On the same day that 10 rockets hit an air base in Iraq, Pope Francis said he had to travel to the country because he could not disappoint them. more
The Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt and RENEW International will jointly hold a conversation via Zoom about how to live through Covid-19 with faith and hope. The event will take place Thursday, March 4, at 3 p.m. more
Pope Francis and his aides are well aware of the security and health risks involved with his planned trip to Iraq, but “all the precautions have been taken” and the pope feels a sense of “urgency” to show his love and concern for the Iraqi people, said the director of the Vatican press office. more
Thousands of Lebanese rallied Feb. 27 to show their support for the positions of Cardinal Bechara Rai as the country teeters on the verge of collapse from multiple crises. more
A week before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in Iraq, the Vatican nuncio in Baghdad and several members of the staff tested positive for Covid-19 and began self-isolating. more
People should fast from gossiping and spreading hearsay as part of their Lenten journey, Pope Francis said. more
On Ash Wednesday I asked a random group of undergrads to name the one thing that would be most difficult to give up for … more
The archdiocesan Catechetical Office’s Family Catechesis Advisory Committee and William H. Sadlier Publishing are sponsoring a virtual Lenten retreat Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m.
I recently received the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech. Though I had a mild fever after the second dose, it sure beats dying alone of Covid-19 in a hospital. I am very grateful to … more
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