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Archbishop Sleiman: Real Actors in Iraq Are Foreign Governments and Big Oil

Latin rite Archbishop Jean Benjamin Sleiman of Baghdad has shared his views on the situation in Iraq and for its Christians. In addition to discussing the events of Iraq and Mosul with ZENIT Wednesday, he also discussed the roles of the Church, gove…

Papal Astronomer: Real Science Is Not the Realm of Atheists or Egoists

Catholics need to be more courageous in showing that religion and science co-exist says the papal astronomer who has just been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious awards in science. Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, who was honored last week with the Carl Sagan Medal for “outstanding communication by an act…

Pope to Visit Italian City of Caserta On Two Days This Month

The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will visit the city of Italian city of Caserta on 26 and 28 July, splitting the visit into private and public events. In a statement, the Holy See Press Office said that in the afternoon of Saturday 26, “upon invitation by the bishop of the diocese Giovanni D’Avise, he …

Il Volo: Award-Winning Trio Taking World by Storm Speaks to ZENIT on Faith, Family, Francis

An international, award-winning musical group that has gained recognition from some of the world’s most famous singers has shared with ZENIT details often not discussed in interviews. The Italian trio, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca G…

Cardinal Turkson: Pope Criticizes Problems of Market Economy, Not Capitalism

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson has suggested that a papal visit to Africa is not far-fetched. In a wide-ranging interview with ZENIT, the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace discusses whether his dicastery could be reformed, whether the Pope will visit Africa, and what the Pope really means…

Fr. Zollner: Pope’s Meeting With Abuse Victims Was Not ‘PR Stunt’

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said that although the problem of abuse will always exist and some people will never regain trust, the Church still must courageously and relentlessly work to combat clerical sexua…

Fr. Zollner: Without Doubt, Pope Is Committed to Tackling Clerical Sex Abuse

A member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has refuted accusations from some abuse victim groups that Pope Francis’ recent meeting with six people who had suffered clerical sex abuse victims was a “public-relations stunt.” Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, who was present for two of the Pope’s p…

Pope to Visit Italian City of Caserta Later This Month

The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit the Italian city of Caserta later this month. In an unannounced briefing in the Vatican Press Office this afternoon, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, announced the Pope will be making a “private visit” to this city in the C…

U.S. Church Official: ‘The Day May Come When We Have to Resist’

The day may come when U.S. citizens actually have to resist the nation’s radically-changing forces, set to limit religious freedom. The need to combat “the attack on the family” is why Pope Francis’ decision to hold the October synod on the family is important — just some of the views shared with ZENIT by an amb…

Combined Vatican and Holy See Finances Ended 2013 With 10m Euro Surplus

In an unannounced briefing in the Vatican Press Office this afternoon, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, spoke to journalists about the results of the Vatican’s 2013 financial statements, and distributed an explanatory communiqué. The spokesman reiterated that during the meeting…

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