At first glance there are similarities between the two leaders, but we would be making a big mistake to look at the pope and the Church in political terms.
I hope that the tears I've shed for him over the years might somehow be prayers rising to our merciful God.
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Aleteia interviews Monsignor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Mosul, Kurdistan and Kirkuk.
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Gunman dressed as Santa opens fire on nightclub celebration
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Maronite Archbishop of Damas offers his Christmas meditation in the midst of destruction and loss
As Advent draws to a close and Christmas approaches, the world is in great turmoil, but we are not without resources