ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraqi Christian families left homeless by the war with Islamic State (ISIS) are being threatened with eviction from an apartment building in downtown Erbil where they have been sheltering rent-free since 2014.
It is not a coincidence that just a few days after the return of Pope Francis from Abu Dhabi, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, whose five-term appointment the pope did not renew in July 2017, published his “Manifesto of Faith.” This document was a veiled attack on the pope, even though it did not name him.
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(Peter Anderson) Yesterday the Holy Synod of the Romanian Patriarchate met.  The official English translation of the communique on yesterday’s meeting has been posted here. Although the Synod refrained from stating its “official position on
The Chaldean patriarch spoke at the 55th Munich Security Conference, from 15 to 17 February. The prelate insists on the need to counter "the jihadist ideology" and to reform Islam by eliminating the concept of "holy war". Data on anti-Christian violence in the country.   read more
Munich Security annual conference is the world’s largest gathering of its kind, on international security policy and the list of its’ attendees includes Heads of States, Governments and International Organizations, Ministers, Members of Parliament, high-ranking representatives of Armed Forces, Science, Civil Society as well as Business and Media.
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Ukraine has taken the extraordinary step of deporting a senior cleric of the Moscow-aligned Orthodox Church and stripping him of his citizenship, marking a political escalation in the historic rift that has shaken the Eastern Orthodox world and further raised tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.
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Ukraine has taken the extraordinary step of deporting a senior cleric of the Moscow-aligned Orthodox Church and stripping him of his citizenship, marking a political escalation in the historic rift that has shaken the Eastern Orthodox world and further raised tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.

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Erdogan, Putin and Rouhani in favor of the exit of the United States. Moscow announces unspecified "measures" against the "terrorist outbreak" in the north. But at the moment there are no joint military operations planned. For Erdogan it is essential to limit the Kurds.   read more
ROME - Last night, a torchlit rally took place in front of Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore for Father Paolo Dall’Oglio, a native Roman and Jesuit missionary in Syria who disappeared in 2013, along with the thousands of both natives and foreigners who’ve been subject to kidnapping or arbitrary detention in Syria since violence broke out in 2011.     leggi tutto - read more
(Peter Anderson) Very early yesterday morning, the very popular Greek website,, posted an article by its founder, Emilios Polygenis. Polygenis is often the first to break news on important developments in the Orthodox world, and he is generally very reliable. read more
Political power has as much to do with religious group fortunes as do the appeal of their message and the commitment of their followers. It's no wonder that the histories of each of the three major monotheistic religions emphasize, and even celebrate, stories of persecution at the hands of repressive political leaders.
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Muslim Influence is Declining in Turkey

Pushing political Islam has the opposite effect The results of a survey released by Konda research have made it clear Turkey is going towards a more secular future. This is surprising as the present government pursues political Islam. The poll has compared views touching on multiple lifestyle aspects among present-day Turks with those polled in 2008.
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BARTELLA, Iraq -- In the main square in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella stands a large cross, one of the few overt signs the town was historically Christian. - Nearby, a massive billboard shows Shiite Muslim martyrs alongside a photo of Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. Posters of Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen killed in fighting with the Islamic State group hang on streets all around the city, along with banners to revered historical Shiite saints.  read more
Ватиканский зал печати обнародовал основные этапы апостольской поездки Папы Франциска в Марокко, которая запланирована на 30 и 31 марта.  - Виктор Владимиров - Град Ватикан  --  leggi tutto - read more
On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met at the Halki Theological School and issued a strong call for the reopening of the School, as His All-Holiness spoke of the “high symbolism” of the presence of the Greek Prime Minister.  read more
ROME - One way to measure the real nature of struggles over religious freedom in the Islamic world is by the kind of person who would show up in the United Arab Emirates over the last three days, joining Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar in Egypt for a massive interreligious paean to peace, love and tolerance.   read more
Statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza
Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See

At the Side Event entitled “The New York Interfaith Dialogue:
ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2019 (WAM) -- His Holiness Pope Francis, the Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City, has delivered a groundbreaking Papal Mass to more than 180,000 Catholics in the United Arab Emirates.
ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2019 (WAM) -- A collection of artworks celebrating different cultures from around the world was unveiled by Louvre Abu Dhabi in front His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence Dr. Ahmad el-Tayeb,
Islamic, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist faiths all represented at the Global Fraternity Conference  ---  The Pope's first ever visit to the UAE is a milestone moment for inter-faith relations in the country and the region as a whole.During his three-day stay in the Emirates, Pope Francis will attend the Global Fraternity conference in Abu Dhabi, a gathering of hundreds of religious leaders aiming to promote the virtues of peace and more
ABU DHABI, 4th February, 2019 (WAM) -- His Eminence Dr. Ahmad el-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Al Sharif, on Monday morning met several top religious, intellectual and cultural personalities who participated in the ‘Global Conference of Human Fraternity’, organised by the Muslim Council of Elders under
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God’s name.   read more
The Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, His Beatitude Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael I Sako received a delegation from the United Nations Investigative Team for the Accountability of Da'esh/ISIL (UNITAD) on Thursday, led by the Special Adviser and Head of the Investigative Team Karim A. A. Khan QC.
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KIEV, UKRAINE —  The newly elected head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church has officially assumed office in the capital of Kiev, a month after the church severed its centuries-long ties with the Russian Orthodox Church.  read more
Pope Francis has appealed for the end of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, saying the “cries of these children and their parents rise up” to God. --  He made the appeal at the Vatican an hour before his scheduled departure on a three-day trip to the United Arab Emirates, which is ... read more

Papal message for young people

ABU DHABI, 3rd February, 2018 (WAM) -- During the Papal Flight to Abu Dhabi from Rome today, Pope Francis presented to members of the accompanying media copies of an icon made at the Monastery of Bose in Italy, carrying a message for young people.
Francis has invested time in building a relationship with the Grand Imam, a man he describes as 'my brother and a dear friend'
Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - "The Pope's visit can help promote Islamic-Christian dialogue. But it must be said that we do not start from scratch and too many times only the most problematic or negative aspects are highlighted... The basis already exists, we can
ABU DHABI, 1st February 2019 (WAM) - Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance, attended today the 'Peace Gathering' event which was hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development at the Umm Al Emarat Park in Abu Dhabi.
by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State ---   ABU DHABI, 1st February, 2019 (WAM) -- When His Holiness Pope Francis arrives in Abu Dhabi next week, it will be the first ever Papal visit to the Arabian Gulf. While this represents a milestone event in its own right, it is also a
The idea that Christian churches could overcome their thorny divisions and achieve oneness was far-fetched not long ago, and for the most part, it still is. But there appeared a light of inspiration to try it during the past century, and that incentive, revelation if you will, has remained in Christian consciousness, even though it's now on the churches' back burner.
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