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War’s only plan is destruction: Pope Francis

“Whereas God carries forward the work of creation ... war destroys. It ruins the most beautiful work of his hands: human beings.”


UN directive promoting abortion goes unchallenged

Directive urges UN officials to lobby to permit abortion as a form of reparation for sexual violence against women.


Church leaders take stand for threatened people of Iraq

Holy See's permanent observer to the UN says international community beginning to act but in the long run "a dialogue of reconciliation and acceptance of diversity" is needed.


Tens of thousands of Christians flee from largest town in Northern Iraq

Rampaging Islamic State Jihadists force Christians to flee, occupy churches and burn manuscripts in Northern Iraq.


Family of abducted Jesuit appeals to captors

On first anniversary of his disappearance in Syria, appeal for information on Fr Paolo Dell'Oglio.


Horror of couple who lost children on MH17

Only love of friends and family "keeping us alive” say parents grieving loss of three children and a grandparent.


Trócaire welcomes South Sudan peace deal

But agency warns that deal must lead to improved humanitarian access, as five million people are "in urgent need of aid".


Sorrow at murder of last priest in Homs

Italian nun who knew Fr Frans van der Lugt tells CatholicIreland.net he was man of dialogue.


Pope Francis decries scandal of war’s many victims

Faithful urged to overcome indifference towards the innumerable victims of war.


Regional leaders meet in Kenya to halt war in South Sudan

Concern 'monitoring situation' as clashes continue in capitals of oil producing states.


UN launches €4.7bn aid appeal for Syrian crisis

Talks continue over 12 nuns kidnapped on 6 December.


Pope Condemns Deadly Bomb Attacks on Pakistan Church

As many as 78 dead following suicide attacks on Peshawar church.


Pope calls for peace solution to end Syria’s woes

8.4m people in urgent need of humanitarian aid according to Trócaire.

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