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Lebanon: ‘message of fraternity – east and west’

The Eparch of the Eparchy of St Maron of Brooklyn expresses “great hope” that Lebanon will once again flourish and “make her way back to being that ‘Switzerland’ of the Middle East.”

Mauritius: fear of major ecological crisis

Mauritius is preparing for the worst after a Japanese oil tanker struck a coral reef on 25 July and began leaking over 1,000 tons of oil.

Pope baptizes Siamese twins, mother thanks him

Hermine Nzotto, the mother of conjoined baby girls who were successfully separated in an extraordinary surgery at Rome’s Bambino Gesù hospital in June, writes to Pope Francis, thanking him for baptizing her daughters a few days ago.

Pope expresses gratitude to Knights of Columbus for 'creativity of charity'

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin writes on behalf of Pope Francis to the Knights of Columbus, saying Pope Francis is grateful for their contribution to the Church's mission of evangelization.

Nigerian Bishops: "Stop the killing"

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) expresses concern on insecurity in the country and calls on the government to “put a complete stop to the killing of innocent people.”

Belarus President wins election

Election officials in Belarus say the county's longtime President Alexander Lukashenko has won his sixth consecutive term, taking over 80 percent of the vote. Monday's announcement followed a night of riots in which dozens of people were injured, and possible one person was killed amid mounting anger over his perceived autocratic style.

Philippines Bishops explain opposition to death penalty

In a statement issued at the beginning of August, the Bishops of the Philippines reiterate their opposition to the reintroduction of the death penalty in their country.

Irish prelate delivers message for Nagasaki Day

Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, delivered a message on the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki in 1945, saying that the use and possession of nuclear weapons is immoral.

“Black Day” protest against discrimination of India's Dalit Christians

The Indian Constitution grants social benefits and privileges to Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Dalits for their uplift but denies them to Muslim and Christian Dalits. The August 10 "Black Day" protest by Indian Christians is against this discrimination.

International community pledges help for Lebanon

World leaders have pledged millions of dollars for disaster-struck Lebanon, during an online aid summit aimed at helping the country.