Vatican City, Oct 23, 2016 / 07:24 am (EWTN News/CNA).- With the Iraqi Army currently embroiled in an effort to liberate Mosul and the Plains of Nineveh from the Islamic State, Pope Francis Sunday offered prayers for an end to violence in the country so it can move forward on the path of hope and reconciliation.
Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 23, 2016 / 01:57 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city.
Cotonou, Benin, Oct 22, 2016 / 05:05 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic Church in the country, guaranteeing the Church’s ability to carry out her mission in service of the common good.
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Oct 22, 2016 / 01:04 pm (EWTN News/CNA).- Used for centuries as a private summer residence for Popes, the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo has now been opened to the public. Visitors may access rooms where Popes have died and where some 50 babies were born during the Second World War.