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.
Over the weekend, an armed group stormed the main airport of the southern Pakistani city. The operation was claimed by the Taliban, in response to the killing of their leader. Local sources speak of one of the most "brazen" and "sensational" attacks by extremists. Visit this article to read more.
It was a meeting where politics was set aside, and priority was given to prayer. Pope Francis invited the Presidents of Israel and Palestine to pray for peace. Each president arrived separately and the Pope personally greeted each one of them. Then, both presidents, exchanged a few words.
Pope Francis has send a message to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, saying that he is “willing to meet at any place,” the AsiaNews service reports. The Pope’s message to the Russian prelate was reportedly delivered personally last week by the director of the Sistine Chapel choir, which was performing in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill gave his thanks for the message, but did not reply.
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