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‘May it come easily’— the work of the Salesians in Istanbul

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The population of Istanbul has increased tenfold over the last 50 years and the city has one of the largest populations of young people from all European cities.

‘When the Holy Father touches Ukrainian soil, the war will come to an end’

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“We are very grateful to the Holy Father for his ongoing support, for his prayers and solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people.”

Small Catholic communities survive in Kyrgyzstan

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“Money is being pumped into the country byTurkey and Pakistan to promote a more radical interpretation of Islam.”

Father Andrea Santoro

On the 15th anniversary of his murder, a priest remembered

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“May Jesus shine in us—with his Word, with his Spirit, with the power of his saints. May our lives be that wax which is willingly consumed.”

A Marian procession in Bosnia Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina: bishops condemn corruption and mistreatment of Catholics

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it would have been the duty of “native and foreign officials” to create a general “political, legal and material” framework that would have made it possible for the Catholic minority to remain in the country, but this did not happen.

Archbishop Kondrusiewicz

Barred from re-entry into Belarus, archbishop calls for prayer

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“In this country, which is seen as peaceful and moderate in the eyes of the world, one brother has raised his hand against another brother [and] blood was shed.”

A protester

With Churches’ blessing, Belarus is writing a new page in its history

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“These things create opportunities for a sense of freedom and democracy to develop, so open and constructive dialogue with those in power is extremely important.”

Turkey: nationalism, not religion, drives the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque

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“Ayasofya is a nationalist question. The return serves no purpose from a cultural point of view since Istanbulites have far more mosques than they need, many of them huge and magnificent.”

EU to reinstate Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion at crucial time

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“The stakes were very high, with many human rights under threat since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, and particularly religious freedom curtailed in many countries.”

In Ukraine, serving at bedside, a priest brings God’s love to COVID-19 patients

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“I tell them that Jesus Christ is very close to them in their suffering, for he suffered some of the same symptoms as those fighting the disease; he too struggled to breathe.”

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