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Pope Francis meets French President Macron

At a private audience in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Tuesday, Pope Francis and France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, exchange gifts and discuss the environment, migration, and disarmament.

North and South Korean church leaders share table, issue call to lift sanctions on DPRK

A two-day historic meeting involving church leaders from both the North and South of the Korean Peninsula has ended in Geneva with the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula (EFK) issuing a call to "Seek Peace and Pursue It."

Pakistani Taliban appoints new leader after deadly drone strike

The Pakistani Taliban announced it had appointed a new leader on Saturday after the militant group confirmed for the first time its former chief Maulana Fazlullah was killed in a US drone strike last week.

South Korea Unveils Restored 1,300-year-old Buddhist Pagoda

South Korea on Wednesday unveiled the fruit of a nearly 20-year project to restore the country’s oldest and largest stone Buddhist pagoda, Mireuksaji Seoktap, which is believed to date to the seventh century.

The Church teaches the values of the Indian Constitution in Catholic schools

We need to read, comment and teach the new generations the Preamble of the Indian Constitution in Church-managed schools in India: this is what the Office for Education and Culture under the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) says in a document sent to Agenzia Fides. The document comes at a political moment when the nationalistic government of the Barathiya Janata Party, in power in the Federation, promotes policies that go in the direction of turning India into a single-religious nation.

Pope releases Message for World Day of the Poor

Pope Francis says Christians are urgently called to manifest their faith by giving “a sign of neighbourliness and relief in the face of the many forms of poverty” that afflict our world, and at the same time honour them “who are the real presence of Jesus in our midst”.

Israel has bombed Iranian-backed militias in Syria — Netanyahu

Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shiite militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni refugee exodus to Europe.

Patriarch Kirill wishes success to Russian football team

 Moscow, June 13, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed his hope for a successful football championship and wished success to the Russian national team.

Austria Closes 7 Mosques and Seeks to Expel Imams Paid by Turkey

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria on Friday ordered the closing of seven mosques and the scrutiny of the right of dozens of Turkish imams to remain in the country, citing suspected violations of an Austrian law that bans “political Islam” or foreign financing of Muslim institutions.

Pope to Lutherans: 'may the Holy Spirit unite what is still divided'

Pope Francis urged members of the German Lutheran Church, whom he received in the Vatican, to continue walking the path to unity.

Pope: 'sport is a place of unity and encounter'

Pope Francis has lauded ‘sport’ as a “meeting place where people of all levels and social conditions come together to reach a common aim”. It is a privileged space, he said, of unity and encounter.

Danish parliament passes ban on burqa and niqab

A majority in Denmark’s parliament has voted in favour of a ban on certain types of face-covering clothing in public, effectively banning the Islamic burqa and niqab from August 1st.

Islamic State claims Belgian attack as city mourns

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an attack the previous day in the Belgian city of Liege in which two policewomen and a bystander were killed, but provided no proof.

Indonesia passes new anti-terrorism law

Indonesia approved a new anti-terrorism law which will grant more power to police to take pre-emptive actions against terror suspects.

A visit to Taj Mahal could be limited since it's ‘dying’

India's most famous monument, the white marble Taj Mahal, is "dying" -- according to historians and local guides who are calling for the government to protect and carry out preservation work on the palace.

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