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Blaze at Coptic Orthodox Church in Giza claims 41 lives

The Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt says that a fire at a church in Giza resulted in the deaths of 41 worshippers.

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Pope Francis calls for attention to the "mortal danger" facing Somalia

At the end of the recitation of the Angelus, the Pope’s thoughts turn to the population of Somalia and neighbouring countries, grappling with a serious humanitarian crisis also linked to an unprecedented drought.

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Pope Francis at Angelus: 'Rekindle the flame of faith'

At the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis says the Gospel provokes change and invites us to conversion, like a fire that warms us with God's love, burning away our selfishness and moving us to share His love with others.

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Holy See expresses concern over Nicaragua, calls for dialogue

The Holy See's Permanent Observer to the Organization of American States expresses concern over the social and political situation in Nicaragua, calling for dialogue that serves the common good.

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Nicaragua: Bishop Álvarez prays for peace, ‘we are in God’s hands'

Facing a climate of government hostility toward the Church, Bishop Rolando Álvarez leads the rosary with prayers for peace in the country. Another priest reported that he could not leave his parish, while even the procession of Our Lady of Fatima in Managua was blocked. The Bishops' Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean offer solidarity with the Nicaraguan people.

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Dominican Church closes Altagracia Jubilee celebrations

On the Solemnity of the Assumption, the Dominican Church closes the Altagracia Virgin Jubilee celebrations. Joining the closing event on August 15 will be Pope Francis Special Envoy, Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, Substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State.

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Sr Mary-Joy: From farm to firefighting to pony centre

“If you dream, it will happen” is the motto behind Sr Mary-Joy, the inspiring founder of Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre in London, serving children with special needs and physical disabilities.

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Ukrainian President thanks Pope Francis for prayers in phone call

Pope Francis speaks by phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who thanked the Pope for his constant prayers as the nation endures ongoing aggression.

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US Bishops welcome Inflation Reduction Act addressing climate change

The Chairman of the US Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, says the climate provisions contained in the Inflation Reduction Act respond to Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home.

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Ukraine Nuncio: Celebrating feast of Assumption a ‘consolation’ in times of war

Leading up to the Feast of the Assumption on 15 August, Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, reflects on the example of Mary Queen of Heaven as a sign of hope for Ukrainians living in the darkness of war.

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