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In Iraq, pope will see historic sites important to Christianity

Pope Francis hopes to embark on the first-ever papal visit to the biblical land of Iraq in early March in a spiritual pilgrimage to the cradle of civilization and the early Christian church.

Iraq announces COVID-19 restrictions ahead of papal trip

Due to rising cases of the virus, the government announced the closure of mosques and churches "until further notice," including throughout the visit of the pope, who called himself "the pastor of people who are suffering."

Pope marks anniversary of Christians martyred in Libya

Marking the sixth anniversary of the beheading of 21 Christians on a beach in Libya, Pope Francis said on the Day of Contemporary Martyrs that they gave witness to Christ through their martyrdom.

Spanish lawyers act to prevent removal of crosses by local officials

Local officials in Spain are trying to remove crosses in public parks and streets, claiming that Christian symbols are linked with the country's former dictatorship.

Vaccine access one of many fights facing vulnerable Global South

The global network of Catholic charities has been reminding the international community that poorer countries "will be last on the list" to receive the vaccine, and they are challenged by lack of infrastructure.

On Ash Wednesday, Philippine archdiocese to let families distribute ashes

The Cebu Archdiocese released a prayer guide for those at home and unable to go to church due to COVID-19 restrictions. Government rules prohibit children and elderly people from attending large church gatherings.

Iraqi Catholics call it ‘miracle’ that pope will visit their city

The largest Syriac Catholic congregation in the world is preparing physically and spiritually for Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Qaraqosh, Iraq. "Words can't describe how happy we are," said one priest.

Global players join to set priorities for COVID vaccine

Equitable and effective ways of allocating the vaccines are being sought because if they are not available to everyone, the pandemic continues, taking more lives and harming more people and economies.

Proposed suit in Vancouver alleges Christian Brothers abuse

A class-action suit says that between 1976 and 1983, six men who abused children at a Newfoundland school run by the Christian Brothers were transferred to two Vancouver high schools, also run by the order.

Pandemic shows need for new model of care for elderly, academy says

New solutions are needed for assisted living facilities, architectural barriers, social support networks, caregivers, families and opportunities in parishes, said a letter by the Pontifical Academy for Life.