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German Day of Prayer dedicated to persecuted Christians in Syria and Iraq

"Solidarity with persecuted and oppressed Christians in our time" is the initiative of the German Bishops’ Conference that began in 2003. To this end, a Day of Prayer is held each year on December 26, the feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, to focus on a particular part of the world where Christians are discriminated against and harassed.

Pope thanks Argentinian women’s network for pro-life commitment

Pope Francis, in a letter, reiterates the importance of protecting life against attempts to legalise the practice of abortion in Argentina.

Pope sends support to Cube Radio’s Advent initiative

Pope Francis thanks a Catholic radio station in northern Italy for hosting an Advent program, supported by Vatican News, to help prepare listeners to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.

Pope Francis prays for late Diego Maradona

Pope Francis recalls Diego Armando Maradona in prayer following the Argentine soccer champion's death at the age of 60 on Wednesday.

US Bishops ask Americans' support for religious retirement fund

Catholics in the US are invited to generously support the annual 'Retirement Fund for Religious' collection, which will be held December 12-13.

Pope to Caritas Slovenia: 'May the Church be united'

Pope Francis sends a message of thanks and good wishes to a Caritas Slovenia charity initiative on the 30th anniversary of its foundation.

Eritrean Bishops call for peace in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

Eritrean Bishops appeal for peace in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region, stressing that there are no winners in war

French Bishops call for “realistic” measures for the resumption of Masses

France will start to ease its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend ahead of the Christmas holidays. But in a statement, the French Bishops’ Conference has expressed disappointment at measures concerning the resumption of public worship, and is calling for clarification on the matter.

Holy See: Interreligious dialogue only path to peace, freedom

The Holy See’s representative at the UN in Geneva attends the launch of a book on interreligious dialogue, and says peace and true freedom are only possible when based on dialogue.

Pope at Audience: Love is mystical root of believer’s life

Pope Francis reflects on the prayer of the early Church at the General Audience on Wednesday