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Christian leaders reopen Church of the Holy Sepulcher after ‘emergency’

Christian leaders in the Holy Land reopened the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Feb. 28 after the Israeli government set up a negotiating team to resolve a municipal dispute over property taxes. The … more

Muslims (literally) hold key to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Jerusalem’s most famous Christian church, shared by three denominations, is unlocked each morning by a Muslim. Since the seventh century, the family of Wajeeh Nuseibeh, 69, has handed down … more

In marches around Philippines, Catholics protest threats to life

Catholics came out strongly against what they described as “threats to life” in rallies held in major cities across the Philippines Feb. 24. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila led … more

Pope appeals for end to inhumane fighting, evil of war in Syria

Calling the war in Syria “inhumane,” Pope Francis called for an end to the fighting, immediate access to humanitarian aid for those in need and the evacuation of the injured and … more

Rome Colosseum bathed in red in honor of modern martyrs

Rome’s Colosseum, long a symbol of the persecution of early Christians, was bathed in red light late Feb. 24 as a reminder of and a prayer for the thousands of Christians being persecuted for … more

Nearly 50,000 baptisms registered in China in 2017, says Vatican agency

The Catholic Church in China registered 48,556 baptisms in 2017, reflecting the vitality and missionary strength of the Catholic communities there, according to a report by Fides, the news agency of … more
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