Vatican bureaucracy & resistance to reforms ‘inspired by devil’ – Pope Francis

RT.com - 23/12/16 In his annual Christmas speech, Pope Francis slammed Vatican officials for pushing back against reforms that the pontiff has been pushing forward since 2013, saying that those taking part in “malicious resistance” have been inspired by the devil. “The absence of reaction is a sign of death! Consequently, the good cases of resistance – ...

As Some Mideast Countries Empty of Christians, Lebanese Numbers Swell

An Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds a souvenir of the Holy Family Dec. 12 as a boy looks on at a church in Hazmiyeh, near Beirut (CNS photo/Jamal Saidi, Reuters).

By Brooke Anderson Catholic News Service - December 2014 SED EL BOUSHRIEH, Lebanon -- Aramaic, Syriac and different Arabic dialects from Iraq and eastern Syria can be heard on the narrow hilly streets of Sed El Boushrieh. Strings of Christmas lights adorn neighborhood churches and hang from balconies of apartments, whose residents many never return to their ...

Australian Bishops Who Visited Iraqi Christians See Christ Reborn Again

Abu and Um Sabah, pose outside their tent Oct. 26 in a park in Ainkawa, Iraq. One of their sons, Saleh, has traveled to Jordan with his family in the hope of moving elsewhere in the West far from Iraq

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service - 23/12/14 BEIRUT -- Christ is being "reborn again in the lowly stable" this Christmas because of the remarkable faith of Iraqi Christians who were driven out of their homes, said Australian bishops who visited refugees in Lebanon and the displaced in Irbil, Iraq. The Dec. 15-19 mission of the seven bishops ...

Chaldean Patriarch Urges Moderate Muslims to Challenge Extremist Acts

Archbishop Louis Sako is the patriarch of the Iraq-based Chaldean Church, one of the world

Catholic News Service - 22/1/14 VIENNA -- Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad implored moderate Muslims to reject "terrorism in the name of religion" and step up to challenge the actions of Islamic State militants against minority communities in Iraq. During an international conference of Muslim and Christian leaders, Sako called the situation in Iraq an "unprecedented ...

Roman Catholic Convent, Maronite Village Latest Targets of Vandals in Israel

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service - April 2014 JERSULALEM -- A Catholic convent near Jerusalem and a largely Maronite village in Galilee were damaged in recent weeks as a two-year wave of vandalism directed at Christians and Muslims in Israel and the West Bank continued. In late March, anti-Christian and anti-American graffiti was scrawled on the walls of ...

Austrian Roman Catholic Parishes handedover to Orthodox Churches

22/12/13 Vienna Archdiocese defends giving churches to Orthodox. Catholic News Service Austria's Vienna Archdiocese has defended its gifts of Catholic churches to Orthodox communities, as part of a current reorganization. "Our own church is receding in Vienna, whereas other Christian confessions are on the rise because of immigration," Michael Pruller, the archdiocese spokesman, told Catholic News Service Dec. 19. "Many ...

Italian official says ‘it seems’ Italian Jesuit was kidnapped in Syria

Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service  7/8/13 Vatican: After more than a week with no word from Jesuit Fr. Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian priest who worked for decades in Syria, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino said, "it seems he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group" that is a "local version of al-Qaida," the terrorist group. Bonino made her comments ...

Syria’s war creates havoc, priest’s whereabouts unknown, nuncio says

Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service - 31/7/13 VATICAN CITY - The war in Syria is like a factory churning out nothing but death, destruction and suffering, said Archbishop Mario Zenari, Vatican nuncio to Syria. Even though the Vatican was unable to confirm July 30 news reports that a Jesuit priest had been kidnapped in Syria, the nuncio ...

Syrian Christian refugees turn to churches for help

James Martone  Catholic News Service 28/3/13 ISTANBUL Churches and monasteries in Turkey are struggling to shelter a rising number of Syrian Christian refugees who are reluctant to seek help at government-run relief camps because of reported Muslim extremism, said a Catholic Relief Services staffer. Sleiman Saikali, program officer for the U.S. bishops' relief and development agency, told Catholic News Service ...

Orthodox Patriarch, Anglican leader to attend Vatican II celebration

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service 19/9/2012 VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury will join Pope Benedict XVI's celebration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury will attend the Mass that Pope Benedict will ...

Christians in Syria live in fear of persecution, say Roman Catholic officials

Young Syrian refugees arrive into Qaa village in northern Lebanon March 4. As temperatures drop to near freezing in Lebanon, Caritas is working to find shelter for Syrian refugees, mostly women and children. (CNS photo/Afif Diab, Reuters)

By Judith Sudilovsky Catholic News Service 10/3/2012 JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in Syria live in fear of a repeat of persecution like was seen in Iraq, said officials of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. “The same pattern like in Iraq is re-emerging, as Islamic militants are now kidnapping and killing Christians in Syria,” said Issam Bishara, vice president ...

Iraqi Christians resettled in Canada look forward to quiet Christmas

By Catholic News Service 16/12/2011 EDMONTON, Alberta – Iraqi Ziyad Matti and his wife, Dalia Hikmat, have not had a proper Christmas in years. They are looking forward to a quiet, peaceful celebration of Christmas as the settle in their new country and learn their way around. The couple and their 1-year-old daughter, Kristel, arrived in ...