A woman wearing a protective masks pushes a cart past damaged buildings in Beirut Jan. 26, 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than half of the population of Lebanon lives in poverty. (CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters)
Politics & SocietyVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
“The Holy See fears the collapse of the country,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s secretary for relations with states, stated frankly.
Arts & CultureBooks
Drew Christiansen
The decades since the Second Vatican Council and the declaration "Nostra Aetate" have seen much fruit in the form of Jewish-Christian collaboration and dialogue.
Inside the Vatican
On this episode of “Inside the Vatican,” America’s Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell walks listeners through the story of how the pope and the grand imam rebuilt the once-icy relationship between the Vatican and the top Sunni institute, Al-Azhar University.
Pope Francis receives flowers from children during a welcoming ceremony with Iraqi President Barham Salih at the presidential palace in Baghdad on March 5, 2021. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Ricardo da Silva, S.J.
While churches and mosques have been built for centuries in close proximity to each other, the relationship between those who worship God inside these sacred houses of prayer has not always been as close.
Joseph Hammond - Religion News Service
A suburban Texas church is helping a nearby mosque recover from the devastating snowstorms that hit last week.
Nicole Winfield - Associated PressSamya Kullab, Associated Press
The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary of Francis’ March 5-8 visit to Iraq, his first foreign trip since being grounded for 16 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.