Waiting for the Pope: Istanbul refugee center prepares to welcome Francis

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Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 28, 2014 / 05:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- People at the refugee center that Pope Francis will visit this coming Sunday are learning to seek a future, the director of the center told CNA Nov. 27. “Pope Francis will come here because we are not a school, we are a refugee center, we […]

Pope Francis greets journalists on papal plane to Turkey

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis briefly greeted journalists travelling with him on the flight to the Turkish capital, Ankara. Please see below a English translation of his remarks made in Italian: “Hello. I welcome you and thank you for your company during this journey. Your work is a support, a help and also a service for […]

Pope Francis Departs for Ankara, Turkey

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By Junno Arocho Esteves Pope Francis departed this morning for his three day apostolic visit to Turkey at 9:00 a.m. from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. He is expected to land at 1:00 p.m. (local time) in Esemboğa International Airport, Ankara. As customary, Pope Francis sent telegrams to the heads of state of the countries the papal […]

Law group: Iran nuclear deal should include Christian pastor’s freedom

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Washington D.C., Nov 28, 2014 / 04:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Advocates pushing for the U.S. State Department to demand the release of Christen pastor Saeed Abedini – a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran – remained hopeful after Iranian nuclear talks were extended for six months. “I think it’s important to note that Pastor Saeed wasn’t […]

Pope Francis arrives in Ankara at start of his visit to Turkey

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis’ plane has touched down at Ankara airport at the start of his three day pastoral journey to Turkey. His visit to the cities of Ankara and Istanbul comes in response to invitations from the Turkish government and from the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians. […]

Pope Francis on his way to Turkey

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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is currently on his way to Turkey’s capital Ankara on a three day trip which ends on Sunday November 30th.He’s due to touch down at 12 am Rome time and will be met by this nation’s government leaders. This Apostolic journey marks his sixth abroad and takes him on Saturday morning […]

Spotlight on ecumenical and interfaith relations in Turkey

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(Vatican Radio) Catholic-Orthodox relations and dialogue with the Muslim world are the two main issues under the spotlight as Pope Francis travels to the Turkish capital of Ankara on Friday for his 6th international journey. The Pope will then spend Saturday and Sunday in Istanbul where he was invited by the Orthodox leader, Ecumenical Patriarch, […]

Chinese regime said to intensify persecution of Christians

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Rome, Italy, Nov 27, 2014 / 04:43 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- “We shouldn’t get our hopes up. I don’t see any sign of an immediate improvement in China-Holy See relations.” Thus commented Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, reflecting on a symposium on mainland China held at the the […]