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The Argentine vice-president, Gabriela Michetti, has said it was “very painful” to see what she called the grim look on Pope Francis’ face during his meeting at the Vatican with President Mauricio Macri on 27 February, writes Isabel de Bartodano. 


Catholic population grows Premium

10 March 2016 |

The number of Catholics in the world increased during the nine years between 2005 and 2014 from 1,115 million to 1,272 million, representing 17.8 per cent of the world population compared to 17.3 per cent, according to the latest figures, writes James Roberts.


MEXICO’S MAIN archdiocese has taken the unusual step of challenging Pope Francis on his harsh words to local bishops during his visit in mid-February, writes James Roberts.


An Afro-German parish priest has resigned from his parish in Munich after receiving five racist death threats and being stalked, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


The number of Muslim immigrants in Germany converting to Christianity is increasing, according to media reports, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.


One of Latin America’s most prominent priests has expressed his shock at the assassination of environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras.


Christians persecuted in the Middle East should not be singled out for special protection, according to Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States, writes James Roberts.


“Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities” were victims of atrocities that should be classified as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, the resolution said. It was passed unanimously through the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and will be put to a vote in Congress. The State Department, under Secretary of State John Kerry, has until next Thursday to say whether it regards the IS campaign as one of genocide.


Between 13,000 and 15,000 refugees stuck at the Greek-Macedonian border are living in dire conditions, Catholic charity CAFOD has warned

 


New rules on the funding of sainthood causes have been approved by Pope Francis. He has given provisional approval for a set of norms on the management of funds relating to investigations for those being put forward as saints..


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