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05/04/2018

 St Gregory of Narek in the Vatican Gardens
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On the occasion of the visit of an Armenian delegation with Pope Francis, a statue of St Gregory of Narek is blessed in the Vatican Gardens. 

Pope Francis receives Armenian President Serzh Sargsayan
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Pope Francis on Thursday met with religious and political leaders of the Republic of Armenia. 

Pope Francis in prayer
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In a Tweet posted to his official @Pontifex account on Wednesday evening, Pope Francis prays for British baby Alfie Evans. His parents’ legal battle to keep him ... 

St Peter's Square is decked with flowers for Easter Week
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Pope Francis concludes the cycle of catecheses on the Mass at the General Audience on Easter Wednesday. 

Bishop-elect Marc Trudeau with Archbishop José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, CA
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Msgr Marc Trudeau has been appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA. 

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Father J. D. Anthony Jayakody is the new Auxiliary Bishop of Colombo

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Holy See Press Office
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Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” will be presented at the Holy See Press office in the Vatican on Monday, 9 April. 

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On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations says Pope Francis and Dr. King share a belief in the importance of non-violence and the need for global solidarity.

CHURCH

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli troops
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Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa, has condemned the killing of 18 Gazan protesters and the wounding of many more by Israeli soldiers during ... 

Lund cathedral in Sweden is offering hospitality to the Catholic parish of St Thomas
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The decision by the Lutheran Church of Sweden to offer a temporary place of worship to a local Catholic parish reflects the spirit of Pope Francis' visit to the ... 

Egyptian Coptic Christians celebrate Palm Sunday
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Father Rafic Greiche, spokesman of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt, comments on the recent presidential election that has confirmed Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at ... 

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The captors of a Catholic priest abducted on Easter Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo have reportedly demanded a ransom for his release.

Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo of Jakarta condemned bribery and corruption for political gains, saying they are a threat to national unity. 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in a 1986 photo.
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The Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference has described Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died this week, as a committed activist and a major figure in the ... 

WORLD

Deminers in action in the West Bank.
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After 2 decades of steadily diminishing casualty numbers, people being killed or injured by explosive hazards has leapt to a reported high of 8600 per year. 

The funeral service of slain Pakistani Catholics in Quetta, April 3, 2018.
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In an attack on Christians in Pakistan on April 2, Islamic State militants have killed four Catholics 

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U.S. President Donald Trump says he is sending troops to the border with Mexico in response to a caravan procession of Central American migrants making their way towards the United States.

Indian Catholics attending Easter vigil Mass in Secunderabad.
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President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi have sent their greetings to Christians for Easter. 

India government's rules to curb 'fake news' have been withdrawn.
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The Information and Broadcasting Ministry had earlier proposed to strip journalists of their government accreditations for disseminating "fake news". 

A deserted square in Srinagar, in Indian-ruled Kashmir on April 2, 2018, following shutdown.
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Most of India-administered Kashmir remained closed on April 2 following violent clashes between separatists and security forces the previous day in which some ... 

 

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