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Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen as Israel drops tax collection plan
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March 3, 2018

Church of the Holy Sepulchre to reopen as Israel drops tax collection plan

Christian leaders had closed the holy site in protest of new tax assessment on church properties Christian leaders in Jerusalem announced that they will reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which they had shuttered as a protest against a…
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Catholic Church in China continues to grow despite persecution
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March 1, 2018

Catholic Church in China continues to grow despite persecution

Nearly 50,000 people, possibly more, were baptized into the Catholic Church in 2017 according to Fides, the news outlet for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The report was published on February 15. The official count is 48,566, however,…
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Analysis: Pope Francis makes plans as fifth anniversary approaches
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February 27, 2018

Analysis: Pope Francis makes plans as fifth anniversary approaches

Vatican City, Feb 26, 2018 / 11:44 am (CNA).- As the fifth anniversary of his pontificate approaches, it is obvious that Pope Francis has made his mark on the life of the Church, and will continue to. In fact, in…
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Holy Sepulchre shut down to protest 'alarming' Israeli policies
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February 27, 2018

Holy Sepulchre shut down to protest ‘alarming’ Israeli policies

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has been closed indefinitely to protest two proposals that Christian leaders see as targeting the presence of Christianity in the region. Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian leaders united in their decision to…
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Four dead after Catholic Lay Committee protests in Congo
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February 27, 2018

Four dead after Catholic Lay Committee protests in Congo

Four Congolese protesters were shot dead Feb. 25, during demonstrations organized by Catholics protesting President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down from power. The casualties occurred just two days after a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace in…
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These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent
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February 27, 2018

These 17th century monks did a beer fast for Lent

With the Lenten season fully in swing, Catholics are immersing themselves in 40 days of abstaining from sweets, technology, alcohol and other luxuries. But did you know that Catholic monks once brewed beer specifically for a liquid-only Lenten fast? Back…
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Rome’s Colosseum was lit red in solidarity with persecuted Christians
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February 25, 2018

Rome’s Colosseum was lit red in solidarity with persecuted Christians

The event is meant to draw the world's attention to those who have suffered for practicing their faith. In an effort to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, Rome’s Colosseum was bathed in red light.…
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Francis modifies norms for the resignation of bishops
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February 19, 2018

Francis modifies norms for the resignation of bishops

On Thursday Pope Francis tweaked the Church’s policies on bishops and Curial officials reaching the age of retirement, indicating that they should accept what God wants, whether accepting retirement or accepting continued service. The changes were made through a motu proprio entitled Imparare…
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Christians in Nigeria suffer under the yoke of the “African Taliban”
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February 19, 2018

Christians in Nigeria suffer under the yoke of the “African Taliban”

he diocese of Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria, is threatened by Islamist hatred. Christians are abused because of their beliefs, but keep a strong faith. The Christians of the Sahara-Sahel region never stop suffering, particularly the faithful of the city of…
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Sudan government demolishes church just hours after service
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February 19, 2018

Sudan government demolishes church just hours after service

Persecution of Christians in Sudan has been on the rise since 2013 Just hours after Sunday’s service, a small Evangelical congregation in Sudan’s capital city of Al Haj Yousif watched in horror as government officials arrived with a bulldozer and…
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