During the 1970's when the communist regime was in full swing in Poland, a priest decided to speak out for freedom, democracy and human rights. He became a sort of spiritual director for many workers and eventually became one of the leaders of a workers union called 'Solidarity.' He was so outspoken that his homilies were even transmitted on a radio station that opposed the communist regime. His name was Jerzy Popieluszko.
The Catholic Church has just started a “year of faith” and launched a program for re-evangelising countries where the fire of Christianity seems to have burnt itself out. But is it possible to make a comeback? To assess the chances of reChristianising the West, MercatorNet interviewed Mike Aquilina, an expert in the early history of Christianity, about the challenges of its first three centuries.
October 28th marks a special anniversary. It was on that day, 1,700 years ago that Emperor Constantine won the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. That victory, opened a new chapter for Christianity, since the night before, it's said that Constantine had a vision. Watch this video for more!
This man says he owes his life to a man named Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews in Budapest during World War II. Wallenberg was arrested by the Russian army and was never heard from again. For years now, his family and those he helped save, have desperately seeked answers.
Actually no, Jesus was not married, just to clear that up. The Da Vinci Code may have come and gone, but the same dubious "scholarship", breathless "gotcha!" tactics, and general, sloppy silliness lives on - in the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald:
This October marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. But few people truly understand the impact this council had on the Catholic Church. So to get the message out, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications will launch an HD documentary on October 11th. It will include never before seen images, interviews and expert analysis.
September 11, 2001 changed the United States of America. On this eleventh anniversary we should remember and honour the memory of the 3000 innocent people whose lives taken by the evil actions of men who had the intention of killing as many innocent people as possible. We were inspired by the courageous response of the men and women who risked their lives to save others. Every year since September 11, 2001, we are reminded of who we can be as a good and free people. The heroes of Ground Zero were lights in an age of hungry darkness.
These etchings are a window into history. They show what parts of Rome looked like roughly 300 years ago. They were made by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, one of the most important artists of the 18th century.
Tito de Luca is an Italian adventurer with a unique mission. He is determined to find out once and for all whether this ancient mountain holds one of the most fascinating objects in history: he's trying to find Noah's Ark.
The situation of the Catholic Church in China is quite complicated. The communist regime wants to control religious practice of the Church, which includes appointing the bishops of its choice, without the consent of the Pope. So really the Church is divided in two. One that's described as the so called patriotic church and the other is the underground Church that remains loyal to the Pope.
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