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Vatican policy promotes access to Jerusalem, self-determination for all

The key concern of the Holy See, and of the Catholic Church as a whole, since the Middle Ages has been for the Christian holy sites and Christian communities present in the Holy Land from the time of Jesus. The vast majority of Christians in the region are Palestinians.

Working with Iraqi refugees stretches, strengthens priest’s faith

Father Khalil Jaar said the Iraqi Christians, who escaped the Islamic State invasion for initial sanctuary in Jordan until they find a permanent home, have become like family for him, with some even living on the compound of his parish in Amman, Jordan

Duterte order that Philippines offer free contraceptives may face delays

In June 2015, the court placed a temporary restraining order on the contraceptives provision of a 2012 reproductive health law after a challenge called for certain implant contraceptives to be studied as potentially abortion-inducing.

Prayer brings light of hope in dark times, pope says at audience

"God knows our weakness; he knows that we remember him to ask for help and, with the indulgent smile of a father, he responds graciously," he said.

In Holy Land visit, bishops see problems related to Israeli settlements

Thirteen bishops from North America and Europe visited the Tent of Nations as part of the Holy Land Coordination, which meets every January to focus on prayer, pilgrimage and solidarity with the Christian communities in the Holy Land.

In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

After meeting with church leaders in northern Iraq, a U.S. bishop said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities.

As elections approach in Somalia, bishop sees signs of hope

Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, said one symbol of that hope is the recent rebuilding and re-consecration of the parish church in Hargeisa, Somalia's second-largest city.

Pope names Boston cardinal, others to Vatican congregations

Pope Francis named Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, who is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to be a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Christian witness requires action, pope says during parish visit

Being a real Christian does not mean being a saint, but giving witness to Jesus in word and, especially, deed, Pope Francis told members of a parish on the eastern edge of Rome.

Vatican backs papal commission investigating Order of Malta

The Vatican also rejected "any attempt to discredit these members of the group," led by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, former Vatican representative to U.N. agencies in Geneva.