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Ieronymos II visits with Pope Francis on eve of his return to Rome

The Orthodox Primate, Ieronymos II, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, pays a courtesy visit to Pope Francis at the Apostolic Nunciature to bid him farewell.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 1:55 pm

Highlights of Pope's second day in Greece

In this video, we relive the highlights of Pope Francis' second day in Greece, during which he met with refugees on the island of Lesbos and celebrated Mass with the Catholic community of Athens.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 1:52 pm

Pope Francis thanks Greece for warm welcome

Pope Francis expresses his appreciation for the warm welcome he has received in Greece, and recalls that “thanksgiving” is at the heart of our Christian faith and life.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 10:53 am

Cypriots pleased with local press coverage of Pope’s visit to Cyprus

In the wake of Pope Francis’ visit to Cyprus, a local journalist expresses appreciation for the way the Apostolic Journey was covered in the press and for the message the Pope delivered to the EU nation.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 10:20 am

Pope at Mass in Greece: Conversion helps us move beyond existential deserts

Pope Francis presides over Mass with the Catholic community in Athens, Greece, and encourages them to remain hopeful despite the "existential deserts" of our lives, since the Lord is always there to fill our emptiness if we make room for Him.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 10:17 am

Catholics in Greece hoping for renewed ecumenical relations amid Pope’s visit

Catholics in Greece are praising Pope Francis’ visit as offering the opportunity for a new highwater mark for ecumenical relations with the Orthodox majority.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 8:50 am

Pope's visit to Lesbos in Greece a plea to 'look migrants in the eye'

Our Editorial Director says Pope Francis' visit on Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos reminds Europe and the world that migrants and refugees are people fleeing war and poverty who must be looked in the eye and not exploited.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 6:27 am

Pope Francis on Lesbos: Stop this shipwreck of civilization

The Pope on Sunday visited the Reception and Identification Centre of Mytilene on the island of Lesbos. While there, he heard the testimonies of migrants, and told those present migration is a humanitarian crisis that concerns everyone.

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Posted on 5 December 2021 | 5:14 am

Highlights of Pope's first day in Greece

In this video, we relive the highlights of Pope Francis' first day in Greece. He follows in the footsteps of Pope Saint John Paul II who became the first Pope to visit Greece in over 1,200 years. The highlights include a meeting with Greek political and civil authorities, an encounter with His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece, and a meeting with the Catholic community in Athens' Cathedral of St. Dionysus.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 2:06 pm

Migrants and refugees in Lesbos await Pope to share their stories

Archbishop Josif Printezis highlights the significance of the Pope's upcoming trip to Lesbos, noting that the camp he will be visiting is not the same as it was on his trip 6 years ago.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 12:20 pm

Sunday Gospel reflection: A voice cries in the wilderness

The image of Saint John the Baptist who hears God’s word and incarnates the words of the Prophet Isaiah dominates the Second Sunday of Advent. John reminds us how important the art of listening is in a world.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 11:40 am

Pope encourages Greek Catholics to follow the example of St. Paul

On his first day in Greece, Pope Francis meets the small Catholic community in Athens. In his speech he encourages Catholics in Greece to follow the example of St. Paul, who converted St. Dionysius in the Areopagus, sowing the mustard seed of the Christian faith in Greece.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 11:06 am

Vatican hosting '100 Nativity Scenes' exhibition in St Peter's Square

The '100 Presepi ' exhibition will be inaugurated on December 5 by Mgr Rino Fisichella President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 10:15 am

Pope in Greece: May the Spirit be poured out in a new Pentecost

His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and All Greece welcomes Pope Francis to the Orthodox Archbishopric of Greece in Athens. With a spirit of brotherhood and mutual respect, both leaders express their good wishes for each other looking at ways to face the challenges and hopes of today.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 10:14 am

Zambia: Livingstone’s young people impress Bishop Kalumba with their generous donation.

Zambia’s Livingstone Diocese Bishop Valentine Kalumba, OMI., has said he is highly impressed and touched by an initiative of the diocese’s young people to contribute towards the Seminarian Fund.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 9:59 am

Pope's call for unity revitalises Church in Cyprus

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, reflects on the Pope’s just-concluded visit to Cyprus and the importance of his message of comfort and consolation to the Cypriot faithful.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 7:57 am

Pope in Greece: A renewed humanity respects life, shows concern for all

At the start of his Apostolic Journey to Greece, Pope Francis addresses Greek authorities, leaders and diplomatic corps, and urges European leaders to pursue a new humanism which respects life as a right.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 6:16 am

Pope Francis has left Cyprus with a 'message of hope for unity'

Pope Francis leaves Cyprus with a message of gratitude for hospitality received and prayers for peace for the nation, as Cypriots express their appreciation for the Pope's message of hope, peace, and unity.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 4:37 am

Caritas Hellas' assisting and protecting migrants arriving in Greece

One of the key moments of Pope Francis’ journey will be his visit on Sunday to the refugee camp on the island of Lesbos in Greece where Caritas Hellas runs a humanitarian assistance program. The project director sheds light on the situation and on the work of the Catholic aid agency.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 3:06 am

Pope in Greece for second leg of Apostolic Journey

Pope Francis begins the third day of his 5-day Apostolic Journey, departing Cyprus for Greece on Saturday morning.

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Posted on 4 December 2021 | 2:33 am

Highlights of Pope Francis' second day in Cyprus

In this video, we relive the highlights of Pope Francis' second day in Cyprus, which saw the Holy Father pay a courtesy visit to the Orthodox Archbishop of Cyprus, Chrysostomos II, meet with the Holy Synod, celebrate Holy Mass for thousands of faithful in GSP Stadium in Nicosia, and share a moment of Ecumenical Prayer with migrants in the Catholic parish of the Holy Cross.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 12:26 pm

Pope’s ecumenical prayer with migrants in Cyprus a “genius combination"

Father Nikodemus Schnabel, the Patriarchal Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Migrants and Asylum Seekers comments on the Pope’s ecumenical prayer meeting in Cyprus.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 10:32 am

Pope at Ecumenical Prayer: May the Lord awaken our consciences!

Pope Francis concludes his Apostolic Journey to Cyprus with an Ecumenical Prayer service with migrants, where he reflects on God’s dream for a “world of peace, in which all His children live as brothers and sisters.”

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 10:11 am

Cypriot Orthodox Metropolitan Vasilios: Unity makes us stronger

The Orthodox Metropolitan Vasilios of Constantia and Famagusta is one of the Orthodox leaders welcoming Pope Francis to Cyprus.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 9:48 am

Pope Francis meets with Chief Rabbi of Cyprus

Pope Francis meets with Rabbi Arie Zeev Raskin and through him, extends a greeting to the Jewish community in Cyprus.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 9:35 am

A "Patient Church”: in Cyprus Pope Francis sheds light on the synodal process

The Pope’s words in Cyprus on Thursday portray an identikit of Christian communities that allow people to grow through accompaniment, without complaining or harbouring nostalgia for past greatness.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 9:03 am

Cantalamessa: believed truth must become lived reality

In his meditations for Advent this year, the preacher of the Pontifical Household focuses on bringing to light “the inner splendour of the Church and of Christian life", without "closing one’s eyes to the reality of the facts", so that each person can face his or her responsibilities from the right perspective.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 8:36 am

Archbishop Sater: signs of hope amid Lebanese crisis

A sequence of political crises, financial speculation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and, finally, the massive explosion at Beirut's port on 4 August 2020 have plunged Lebanon into economic disaster. However, according to Maronite Archbishop of Beirut Paul Abdel Sater, not all is lost and there still is hope.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 6:51 am

Pope calls for joint approach to tackle challenges of Mediterranean Region

Pope Francis emphasizes the importance of interconnection and joint efforts in facing the challenges of the Mediterranean region, in his address to participants at the 2021 Rome MED - Mediterranean Dialogues.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 5:48 am

Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union has died

Archbishop Aldo Giordano died after he was admitted to a hospital in Leuven, Belgium, for Covid-19.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 5:05 am

Pope at Mass in Cyprus: Only together can we be healed from blinding darkness

Pope Francis refers to the parable of the two blind men from Matthew's Gospel to urge Cypriots to follow three steps in order to be freed of a similar darkness in which we often find ourselves.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 4:20 am

Pope at Holy Synod: Differences are not irreconcilable

On the second day of his visit to Cyprus, Pope Francis meets with the Holy Synod of the Cypriot Orthodox Church. During his address, the Pope underlined the common bonds between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches and his desire to deepen ecumenical dialogue, taking as his model St Barnabas.

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Posted on 3 December 2021 | 4:15 am

Highlights of Pope Francis' first day in Cyprus

We relive the highlights of the first day of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Cyprus, during which he met with refugees ahead of his departure, encountered Cyprus' Catholic clergy and religious, and spoke to the nation's civil authorities and diplomatic corps.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 3:58 pm

Pope praises Cyprus as an open and welcoming nation

Pope Francis meets with the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, local Authorities, Civil Society, and the Diplomatic Corps, praising the island nation as "a crossroads of civilizations."

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 12:14 pm

Pope comes to listen to the heartbeat of the Cypriot Maronite community

Antonis Skoullos, the press coordinator for the Pope’s visit to the Maronite community of Cyprus, reflects on the Holy Father’s visit and underlines the hope and encouragement Pope Francis brings for the faithful of the island.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 11:07 am

Pope calls on Cypriot Church to welcome change and diversity with patience

In the first official discourse of his Apostolic visit to Cyprus and Greece, Pope Francis addresses Bishops, Priests, Men and Women Religious, and Catechists, inviting them to be patient as they go forth in a spirit of fraternity, forgiveness, mercy, and openness.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 10:17 am

Pope arrives in Cyprus on 1st leg of Apostolic Journey

Pope Francis is in Nicosia, kicking off the 35th Apostolic Journey abroad of his pontificate, December 2 to 6. After 2 days in Cyprus, he will proceed to Greece before flying back to Rome on Monday.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 8:13 am

Latin rite Catholics in Cyprus relevant and vital part of social fabric

As Pope Francis embarks on an apostolic visit to Cyprus and Greece, the Representative of the Latin Community in the Cypriot Parliament talks about relationships with Maronite and Armenian Catholic communities on the island and about her own community’s specific role and identity.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 7:02 am

Cyprus President thanks Pope for "historic visit"

Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadīs awaits Pope Francis' arrival, expressing his certainty that he will have many messages to transmit to those who need them. In an interview with Vatican Radio, he expresses his gratitude for the papal visit.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 5:46 am

Pope Francis on his way to Cyprus and Greece

Pope Francis begins his 35th Apostolic Journey to Cyprus and Greece from 2 – 6 December.

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Posted on 2 December 2021 | 5:08 am

Nigeria’s exclusion from the religious freedom blacklist irks Bishop.

Nigeria’s Bishop of Oyo Diocese says he is concerned about the recent change of direction by the United States Government on religious persecution in Nigeria.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 10:28 am

Pope entrusts Cyprus & Greece visit to Our Lady’s protection

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray for Our Lady’s protection during his Apostolic Journey to Cyprus and Greece.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 10:16 am

Nuncio: Pope’s Cyprus visit a step towards unity

On the eve of Pope Francis’s trip to Cyprus, expectation is high across the divided Mediterranean island. According to the Apostolic Nuncio, the visit will help strengthen the path towards unity.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 8:48 am

Cyprus’ Maronite Catholics appreciate Pope Francis' visit

As Pope Francis visits Cyprus, Ninos Josephides offers insights into the Maronite Catholic community there, saying Cypriots worked hard to ensure the Pope received a warm welcome.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 8:48 am

Cardinal Parolin: The Pope is a pilgrim of unity and fraternity

Pope Francis will bring the joy of the Gospel and the light of hope to Cyprus and Greece, and exhort Europe and all humanity to unity and not to abandon those in need. On the eve of the Pope’s 35th journey abroad, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin speaks to Vatican Media.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 8:30 am

World AIDS Day: Sant'Egidio strives to save Africa's future

On World AIDS Day the Community of Sant'Egidio highlights its efforts to assure healthcare for all in Africa and to end inequalities due to the HIV/AIDS and Covid-19 pandemics.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 8:14 am

46 refugees arrive in Rome from Lesbos through humanitarian corridor

The 46 refugees, including 3 minors, will be welcomed and integrated in different regions of Italy.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 6:56 am

Pope marks World AIDS Day and asks for prayers for apostolic journey

Pope Francis shines the spotlight on World AIDS Day and looks ahead to his upcoming apostolic journey to Cyprus and Greece, asking Christians to accompany him with prayers.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 4:45 am

From ‘falling in love’ to mature love: Pope Francis’ message for engaged couples

Continuing his catechesis on St Joseph, Pope Francis offered engaged couples a reflection on moving beyond the ‘enchantment’ that comes with falling in love, toward a mature love that can stand the test of time.

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Posted on 1 December 2021 | 4:25 am

Cyprus Church welcomes the Pope with joy, love and synodality

As Pope Francis visits Cyprus and Greece, 2-6 December, Cypriot priest Father Ibrahim Khita of Limassol spoke to Vatican News about how they have prepared for the papal visit.

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Posted on 30 November 2021 | 10:47 am

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