The Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Photo: CNS/Reuters
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Virtual pilgrimages to sanctuaries and shrines

ROME (CNS): Despite ongoing and unpredictable travel restrictions, there are still a number of important…

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Shrine of Lourdes to close temporarily
Basilica Our Lady of Lourdes. Photo: Robi Gallardo

HONG KONG (SE): “For the first time in its history, the shrine will close its doors for some time,” the Read more

Tour the Vatican Museums via Internet

HONG KONG (SE): You may now visit the famed Vatican Museums for free via virtual Internet tour! Maybe you have Read more

Display of Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday via Youtube

VATICAN CITY (CNS): With people forced to stay home, even during Holy Week, because of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Archbishop Read more

As Bethlehem reopens, Christians uncertain about future
Palestinians visit the grotto in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, on May 26, the day it reopened after being closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: CNS

BETHLEHEM (CNS): Bethlehem residents returned to the Church of the Nativity as the holy site opened to visitors on May Read more

Holy Land Church leaders oppose plans to unilaterally annex West Bank land
The Israeli settlement of Har Homa on the hillside overlooking houses in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Photo: CNS

JERUSALEM (CNS): “An array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed mainly by right-wing factions, raises Read more

Good Friday collection for Holy Land moved to September

VATICAN (CNS): With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, Pope Francis postponed Read more

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Children with facemasks look out the window of their home in Sanaa, Yemen, on June 7. Photo: CNS/Reuters
Posted in International Middle East

Aid agencies warn of health care collapse in Yemen

AMMAN (CNS): The Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) the Catholic aid agency for England…

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Italy goes back to church post-lockdown
A book and hand sanitiser are at the entrance of San Polo church in Brescia, Italy, on July 9. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Bishops will need to help their communities participate more in parish life and return to taking part in Read more

In the same storm but not all in same boat
People wearing face masks line up and wait to enter a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on July 21. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Humana Communitas’ in the Age of Pandemic, a new, eight-page reflection the Pontifical Academy for Life, notes that Read more

Duterte’s SONA address less than inspiring

MANILA (SE): On July 27, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) spending about Read more

Call for action as hunger rate rises
Red Cross volunteers working in a mobile kitchen in Rome's Portuense neighbourhood, preparing pasta for the homeless and the poor on April 3. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) called Read more

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Palestinians visit the grotto in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, on May 26, the day it reopened after being closed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: CNS
Posted in International Middle East

As Bethlehem reopens, Christians uncertain about future

BETHLEHEM (CNS): Bethlehem residents returned to the Church of the Nativity as the holy site…

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Bethlehem closed down due to Covid-19 infections
A family prays during Mass in the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank. Photo: CNS

HONG KONG (SE): It was reported by CNN that the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority imposed a closure Read more

East Jerusalem Catholic hospital gets coronavirus unit for Palestinians
A nurse wearing a protective suit takes the temperature of a Palestinian boy in a special tent for pediatric and maternity Covid-19 patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem on April 16. Photo: CNS

JERUSALEM (CNS): When the Israeli Ministry of Health asked St. Joseph’s Hospital, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Read more

Rise in human trafficking amid Covid-19 pandemic
Chains wrapped around the wrists of a man illustrate trafficking and enslavement. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): As governments and world leaders struggle to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, they must also work harder Read more

Italy goes back to church post-lockdown
A book and hand sanitiser are at the entrance of San Polo church in Brescia, Italy, on July 9. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Bishops will need to help their communities participate more in parish life and return to taking part in Read more

In the same storm but not all in same boat
People wearing face masks line up and wait to enter a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on July 21. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): Humana Communitas’ in the Age of Pandemic, a new, eight-page reflection the Pontifical Academy for Life, notes that Read more

Duterte’s SONA address less than inspiring

MANILA (SE): On July 27, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte delivered his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) spending about Read more

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People pray during Mass at the Maronite Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection in Beirut. File photo: CNS
Posted in Middle East

Maronite Catholics help as more Lebanese slide into poverty

BEIRUT (CNS): Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic Church is drawing up a comprehensive social assistance and food…

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Sinful stalling on debt relief for the poor at G20
Father Eduardo "Ponpon" Vasquez Jr. uses holy water to bless shanty homes in a poor section of Manila, Philippines, on april 20 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: CNS/Reuters

ROME (CNS): “We had hoped the debt payment suspension for the world’s poorest countries would be continued into 2021 given Read more

Alarm over child labour in the Philippines

MANILA (UCAN): Bishop Roberto Mallari of San Jose, chairperson of the Episcopal Commission on Catechism and Catholic Education of the Read more

Mideast Catholic leaders call for peace and stability
Protests in Lebanon on October 23. Photo: CNS/Reuters

CAIRO (CNS): Amid deadly protests in Iraq, a people’s uprising in Lebanon and continued suffering in Syria, the Council of Read more

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The Israeli settlement of Har Homa on the hillside overlooking houses in Bethlehem in the West Bank. Photo: CNS
Posted in Middle East

Holy Land Church leaders oppose plans to unilaterally annex West Bank land

JERUSALEM (CNS): “An array of plans for Israel to unilaterally annex West Bank land, backed…

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Trump’s peace plan adds fuel to fire Holy Land Catholic leaders say

JERUSALEM (CNS): The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land in the Holy Land called the Peace-to-Prosperity plan Read more

As Covid-19 spreads, not all Holy Land sites open
A family from of pilgrms from South America attends Ash Wednesday Mass at Our Lady of Peace Chapel in the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Centre on February 26. Photo: CNS

JERUSALEM (CNS): On March 6, CNN reported that the Israeli authorities and the Palestinian Authority had closed down Bethlehem and Read more

East Jerusalem Catholic hospital gets coronavirus unit for Palestinians
A nurse wearing a protective suit takes the temperature of a Palestinian boy in a special tent for pediatric and maternity Covid-19 patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in East Jerusalem on April 16. Photo: CNS

JERUSALEM (CNS): When the Israeli Ministry of Health asked St. Joseph’s Hospital, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Read more

Bethlehem closed down due to Covid-19 infections
A family prays during Mass in the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank. Photo: CNS

HONG KONG (SE): It was reported by CNN that the governments of Israel and the Palestinian Authority imposed a closure Read more

Mediterranean must be crossroad of peace and dialogue
Pope Francis addresses the meeting, Mediterranean, Frontier of Peace, at the Basilica of St. Nicholas in Bari, Italy, on February 23. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): The Catholic communities of every nation on the Mediterranean Sea must work together to promote peace, to aid Read more

Israeli occupation of Palestine is cause of conflict Christian leaders say
Palestinians argue with Israeli soldiers during a June 19 protest near Hebron, West Bank. Photo: CNS/Reuters

JERUSALEM (CNS): The Israeli “military occupation of Palestine” is the “root cause” of the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, said three Christian Read more

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