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Pope Francis calls for international community to act decisively for end of migrant shipwrecks in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis expressed sorrow over recent deaths of migrants from Africa in the Mediterranean Sea in Sunday’s Angelus among thousands of the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, and appeal to the international community to…

Pope and Christian leaders gather to pray for peace in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As war continues to threaten the Middle East, Pope Francis traveled to the southern Italian Adriatic port city of Bari, and dialogue with leaders of Catholic and Orthodox Christians and invites them to pray for peace in the Middle…

Pope Francis warned on the risk of eliminating Christians from the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis warned that there is the risk of “eliminating Christians” from the Middle East.  Speaking to a group that assists Eastern Christian Churches, Pope Francis warns of the risk that Christians could be eliminated…

Russian Orthodox Leader Warns of Coming Apocalypse, Calls on Society to Rally in 'Critical Period'

SHAFAQNA - Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, warned on Monday that the end of the world is approaching and urged society to rally in this "critical time." Kirill was speaking after a service at Moscow's Christ the…

Pope enters Rohingya political minefield with Myanmar-Bangladesh trip

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis will wade into the religious and political minefield of Myanmar's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and the effects of their exodus to Bangladesh when he visits both countries next month. The Vatican on Tuesday released…

Pope Francis slams Tehran terrorist attacks

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis on Friday expressed his condolences to the Iranian families who lost their loved ones in Wednesday's terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital and described as barbaric such attacks. Pope Francis, in his message, which…

Pope meets with Catholic-Muslim delegation from Britain

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis met on Wednesday with English Cardinal Vincent Nichols and four Muslim leaders from Britain who came to highlight the deep-rooted interfaith relations among the different religious communities in the UK today. For…

Pope Francis decries atrocities on Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Francis says community members targeted 'simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith'. Pope Francis strongly criticised atrocities, including mass killings and gang rapes, committed against Rohingya Muslims. Condemning…

Pope Francis Thanked Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi for His Message

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SHAFAQNA- Announced by the office of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi: Following the message of Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi to Pope Francis, in which he had thanked the leader of the Catholic Church, the Vatican also sent an official…

Pope Francis speaks words of peace for Syria

SHAFAQNA -  Pope Francis expressed hope that cessation of fighting actions in Syria would lead to ending the five year-long crisis. Cessation of fighting actions started last Friday midnight in an implementation of the Russian-US agreement…