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Iraq: An overview of the Church and of the country's Christian communities

Pope Francis is to undertake the first-ever apostolic journey to Iraq from 5 to 8 March. We offer an overview of the nation's ancientand diverse Christian communities, of their plight and of their challenges.

Fewer children behind Europe’s demographic imbalance

Europe is facing a serious demographic imbalance with the number of elderly people growing and a dwindling number of children. Two Catholic organizations organized a webinar on Monday to study the issue reflecting on the theme, “The Elderly and the Future of Europe”.

The humble ambition to communicate to all

Vatican News continues its series on the history, mission, objectives and operating costs of the Vatican offices assisting the Pope in his pastoral ministry. We feature an interview with the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, Paolo Ruffini.

Iraq: CRS preparing interreligious ground ahead of Pope’s visit

As Iraqis prepare to welcome Pope Francis on his upcoming Apostolic Journey, an official with Catholic Relief Services lays out the hopes and interreligious efforts of both Christians and Muslims.

Pope to Franciscan Centre for Solidarity: continue your work, following in Jesus' steps

Pope Francis meets with members of the Franciscan Centre for Solidarity, based in Florence, and thanks them for their thirty years of service sowing the seeds of the Kingdom of God.

UN supporting investigation into fatal DRC attack

Following an attack in Eastern DR Congo on a UN agency convoy that left three people dead, including the Italian Ambassador to DRC, the UN Secretary General says the organization is supporting an investigation into the attack.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: “There are not two Popes”

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalls that his renunciation of the papacy was a “difficult choice” but made “in full conscience,” believing that he did well.

DRC: Over 20 civilians killed days after slaying of Italian ambassador.

Only days after the fatal attack on the Italian Ambassador, more civilians have since been massacred in the eastern province of the DRC.

Pope appeals for release of 317 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria

Pope Francis joins the Bishops of Nigeria in appealing for the release of 317 schoolgirls who were abducted in northwest Nigeria on Friday.

Pope Francis prays for people suffering from rare diseases

On World Rare Diseases Day, Pope Francis recalls medical researchers and people suffering from rare diseases, as Cardinal Peter Turkson urges policymakers to guarantee their right to healthcare.