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"You Can Die Any Number of Ways in Damascus"

With much of the focus on the plight of Chaldean Christian in Iraq and the fight of the US-led coalition against ISIS, the ongoing crisis in Syria has to some extent fallen from the headlines. However, life for Christians—and the majority of Muslims—in the country remains extremely difficult. Maronite Archbishop Sa…

Pope’s Address to a Delegation of the Orientale Lumen Foundation of America

Here below is a translation of Pope Francis’ address to a delegation of members of the Orientale Lumen Foundation of America, taking part in an ecumenical pilgrimage, led by Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia. The Holy Father received the delegation in the Vatican this morning: * * * 
Dear Brothers in Christ,  …

Pope’s Address to International Association of Criminal Law

Here is a translation of the Pope’s address today to representatives of the International Association of Criminal Law. * * *

Distinguished Gentlemen and Ladies!

I greet you all cordially and want to express my personal gratitude for your servi…

Archbishop Auza’s Statement to 69th Session of UN General Assembly, NY on Indigenous People

Here below is the statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, on October 20, at the United Nations at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly about Indigenous Peoples: Statement…

On the Body of Christ

Here is the translation of the Holy Father’s address during his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square: Dear brothers and sisters, Good Morning.
The image of the body is used when one wants to show how the elements that make up a reality…

In Honor of St. John Paul II

To mark today’s feast of St. John Paul II, here is a small excerpt from his first speech to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, given Oct. 20, 1978. * * *
On the other hand, the Church and the Holy See in particular ask your nations, …

Synod14: Italian Relatio Text, Groups B and C

Here is a ZENIT translation of the B and C Italian-language group reports from last week’s synod on the family.  * * *

Circulus Italicus “B” Report

Moderator: H.E. Cardinal Angelo BAGNASCO
Reporter: H.E. Monsignor Salvatore FISICHELLA

The meeting of the Minor Circle made it possible to give ample time …

Egyptian Christians Said to Feel Safer, Though Jihad Threatens

The Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government has been unseated and Egyptian Christians are breathing easier. At the time of the fall of that government in the summer of 2013, Father Rafik Greiche, head of the press office of the Egyptian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said: “The ousting of President Morsi is a joyous…

Archbishop Auza’s Statement to 69th Session of UN General Assembly, New York

Here below is the statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See, on October 13, at the United Nations at the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Sixth Committee, Agenda Item 83: Rule of Law: Statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza
Mr. Ch…

Pope’s Message to FAO Director

Here is a translation of the Pope’s message Friday to the director of the FAO on the occasion of World Food Day. The theme this year was Family Agriculture: ”Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.” * * *

To Mister Jose Graziano da Silva

Director General of FAO

Yet another year, the World Food day echo…

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