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Pope arrives in Cyprus on 1st leg of Apostolic Journey

Vatican News - 3 hours 28 min ago

Pope Francis is in Nicosia, kicking off the 35th Apostolic Journey abroad of his pontificate, December 2 to 6. After 2 days in Cyprus, he will proceed to Greece before flying back to Rome on Monday.

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Latin rite Catholics in Cyprus relevant and vital part of social fabric

Vatican News - 4 hours 39 min ago

As Pope Francis embarks on an apostolic visit to Cyprus and Greece, the Representative of the Latin Community in the Cypriot Parliament talks about relationships with Maronite and Armenian Catholic communities on the island and about her own community’s specific role and identity.

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Cyprus President thanks Pope for "historic visit"

Vatican News - 5 hours 55 min ago

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadīs awaits Pope Francis' arrival, expressing his certainty that he will have many messages to transmit to those who need them. In an interview with Vatican Radio, he expresses his gratitude for the papal visit.

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Pope Francis on his way to Cyprus and Greece

Vatican News - 6 hours 33 min ago

Pope Francis begins his 35th Apostolic Journey to Cyprus and Greece from 2 – 6 December.

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Nigeria’s exclusion from the religious freedom blacklist irks Bishop.

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 09:28

Nigeria’s Bishop of Oyo Diocese says he is concerned about the recent change of direction by the United States Government on religious persecution in Nigeria.

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Pope entrusts Cyprus & Greece visit to Our Lady’s protection

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 09:16

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray for Our Lady’s protection during his Apostolic Journey to Cyprus and Greece.

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Nuncio: Pope’s Cyprus visit a step towards unity

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 07:48

On the eve of Pope Francis’s trip to Cyprus, expectation is high across the divided Mediterranean island. According to the Apostolic Nuncio, the visit will help strengthen the path towards unity.

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Cyprus’ Maronite Catholics eagerly awaiting Pope Francis

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 07:48

As Pope Francis prepares to visit Cyprus, Ninos Josephides offers insights into the Maronite Catholic community there, saying Cypriots are working to ensure the Pope receives a warm welcome.

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Cardinal Parolin: The Pope is a pilgrim of unity and fraternity

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 07:30

Pope Francis will bring the joy of the Gospel and the light of hope to Cyprus and Greece, and exhort Europe and all humanity to unity and not to abandon those in need. On the eve of the Pope’s 35th journey abroad, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin speaks to Vatican Media.

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World AIDS Day: Sant'Egidio strives to save Africa's future

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 07:14

On World AIDS Day the Community of Sant'Egidio highlights its efforts to assure healthcare for all in Africa and to end inequalities due to the HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics.

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46 refugees arrive in Rome from Lesbos through humanitarian corridor

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 05:56

The 46 refugees, including 3 minors, will be welcomed and integrated in different regions of Italy.

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Pope marks World AIDS Day and asks for prayers for apostolic journey

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 03:45

Pope Francis shines the spotlight on World AIDS Day and looks ahead to his upcoming apostolic journey to Cyprus and Greece, asking Christians to accompany him with prayers.

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From ‘falling in love’ to mature love: Pope Francis’ message for engaged couples

Vatican News - Wed, 12/01/2021 - 03:25

Continuing his catechesis on St Joseph, Pope Francis offered engaged couples a reflection on moving beyond the ‘enchantment’ that comes with falling in love, toward a mature love that can stand the test of time.

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Cyprus Church awaits the Pope with joy, love and synodality

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 09:47

Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Cyprus and Greece, 2-6 December, Cypriot priest Father Ibrahim Khita of Limassol spoke to Vatican News about how they are preparing for the papal visit.

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Bahrain inaugurates Cathedral of Mary Queen of Arabia

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 09:38

The Church dedicated to Mary Queen of Arabia will be consecrated on 10 December by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelizations of Peoples. It will be officially inaugurated by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the previous day.

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Amoris Laetitia: the Church accompanies fragile families

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 09:25

In 10 episodes — one each month — we bring you a video with the Pope’s reflections and first-hand testimonies of families from across the world on the theme of the family. The initiative, a joint collaboration between the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, and Vatican News, and aims to ‘re-read’ Amoris laetitia, with the aid of downloadable material prepared for personal and community reflection. Because, as Pope Francis reminds us: being a family is always “primarily an opportunity.”

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Pope’s December prayer intention: For Catechists

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 09:00

Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for the month of December, inviting everyone to pray for catechists, “summoned to announce the Word of God,” that they might “be its witnesses, with courage and creativity, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, with joy and much peace.”

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EU withdraws communication manual which dropped use of word "Christmas"

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 07:36

A European Commission document calling for the use of "inclusive" language will be rewritten after it generated controversy. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, says “this is not the way to fight discrimination.”

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Australian Bishops encourage parishes to welcome people with disability

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 06:58

On the occasion of the International Day of People with Disability, on 3 December, the lead bishop for Disability issues in the Australian Bishops’ Conference is encouraging Catholic communities to promote their full inclusion and active participation as equal members in Church and society.

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Pope to Bartholomew: Working together makes our communion visible

Vatican News - Tue, 11/30/2021 - 06:53

Pope Francis expresses his spiritual closeness to Patriarch Bartholomew in a letter for the feast of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, celebrated on 30 November, the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle. Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, led a Holy See delegation to Istanbul for the occasion.

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