The Church of the Philippines has rejected an invitation from the national police to become part of President Duterte’s murderous campaign against drug dealers.Following the call, issued by police chief General Ronald dela Rosa, the Filipino bishops’ conference insisted that it supports “whatever strategy there is, for as long as...

Eight Christian aid workers kidnapped in South Sudan have been freed unharmed.The eight members of the US-based Samaritan’s Purse charity were reportedly snatched by armed gunmen on March 13 in the central Mayendit area. Despite subsequent claims by the county’s military that the aid workers were being held for ransom, no such demand...

The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations has urged the international community to forge an enduring peace for Syria. As the conflict in the Middle Eastern nation reached its sixth anniversary in March, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic told a sitting of the UN in Geneva that “six years of ongoing conflict indicate the failure of...

The latest news is as grim as any emanating from the bloody battlefields of the Middle East currently dominating airtime with the international media. But this is Africa and, more specifically, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Thus, as embedded journalists in Iraq warned us to prepare for the worst as mass graves turned up amid the rubble of...

A Chaldean Catholic church whose image announced the fall of Mosul in 2014 has been liberated.When so-called Islamic State (ISIS) swept through Iraq in June 2014, a ‘before-and-after’ picture of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual help in Mosul emerged showing the crucifix topping the building replaced by the black banner of the...

Health care proposals currently going through the House of Representatives have met with a mixed reaction from US bishops, praising “critical life protections” but taking issue with other “troubling” issues under consideration.In a letter to House members about the American Health Care Act, introduced to repeal 2010’s...

Pope set for Colombian tripPope Francis will visit Colombia later this year, the Vatican has confirmed. From September 6 to 11, the Pontiff will undertake a visit that will take in the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena.The visit comes following an official invitation from Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos....

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