Emphasizing that the Church is “our mother” and “our family” and not a “financial institution” or “private association,” Pope Francis has begun a new series of Wednesday general audiences devoted to the Church.
The massacre in Kenya on Sunday by Islamic fanatics echoed the horrific killing in Uganda during the 2010 tournament, when suicide bombers targeted crowds watching the final in a club.Al Shabaab, a Sunni Islamist Somalia-based militia believed to have ties to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter o"Neill has sacked the nation's attorney general for opposing the government's moves to change the consitution on votes of no confidence.
The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo have taken legal action against a giant “adult entertainment” club built in their backyard – despite state law which prohibits such facilities within 1,000 feet of a place of worship. “Strip clubs don't belong next to convents and single-family homes,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel of the Thomas More Society.
Most Catholics know the story of Saint Thomas More. More was the 16th-century chancellor to the English King Henry VIII. More was a gifted lawyer, a gifted writer, and a deeply devout Catholic. When King Henry VIII opposed the authority of Pope Clement VII and claimed authority over the English Church, More refused to support the King. For that, he was judged to be treasonous, and in 1535 he was beheaded.
Islamic extremists have taken over Iraq's second largest city, forcing over 150,000 people to flee from Mosul. Among the refugees there are roughly 1,000 Christian families who have left their homes and villages all together. The attack was carried by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) who used force and violence to overcome opponents.
On Ascension Day, in the midst of presidential elections in Syria, I sat amongst a great host of bishops and dignitaries in the monastery church of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Maarat Saydnaya, about 30km from Damascus. It was my privilege to attend the enthronement of their new patriarch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II as Patriarch of Antioch and Supreme Head of the Universal Syriac Orthodox Church. This traditional title refers to the city where the Lord’s followers were first called Christians.
Militants have captured a large area of northern and north-central Iraq including Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit, as they advance towards Baghdad. As many as half a million people have fled their homes since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant began their assault in Mosul late on Monday.
Ukrainian Catholic bishops thanked people around the world for their prayers over the last six months and asked for continued prayers for peace in their country.
Following continued attacks on churches in the Central African Republic, the country still looks forward to a return to a peaceful and stable society, a priest stationed in the country told Catholic aid workers.
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