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What is the relation between the Church and the Jews?
Last edited 21st March 2014

Jews are the "older brethren" of Christians, because God loved them first and spoke to them first. Jesus Christ as man is a Jew, and this fact unites us. The Church recognizes in him the Son of the living God, and this fact separates us. In awaiting the final coming of the Messiah we are one.The Jewish faith is the root of our faith. The Sacred Scripture of the Jews, which we call the Old Testament, is the first part of our Sacred Scripture.


Worldwide Christian Persecution a Growing Trend, Report Shows
Last edited 19th March 2014

In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency. The persecution of Christians “has increased over the last 10 to 15 years,” said Ed Clancy, director of evangelization and outreach at Aid to the Church in Need, in an interview with CNA last month, adding that “persecution has many faces, unfortunately, and many places.” Visit this article by Catholic News Agency to read more.

Our Lady of Arabia
Last edited 19th March 2014

Bishop Camillo Ballin of the Catholic Vicariate of Northern Arabia travels to the U.S. to find funds to build the first Catholic cathedral in Bahrain.


The Reality of Christian Persecution in Our Modern World
Last edited 19th March 2014

After the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the first Christians literally risked their lives in order to practice their faith. 2,000 years later, has anything changed? In this interview for Xt3's 2014 Lent Calendar, Dr John Rees explores the reality of Christian persecution in our modern world.


Should Christianity Still Have a Voice in the Public Square?
Last edited 19th March 2014

Hardly a day goes by without mention in the press of an apparent collision between Christianity and today’s so-called ‘secular culture.’So should Christianity still have a voice in the public square?’ Bishop Philip Egan from the Diocese of Portsmouth gave an address on this topic recently at Kings College London.


Ukrainian Catholics Fear 'New Oppression' after Russian Takeover
Last edited 16th March 2014

A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent.


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Boko Haram Death Toll: Over 500 Catholics in Nigeria
Last edited 11th March 2014

Boko Haram terrorists have killed more than 500 Catholics in Nigeria, and destroyed 20 churches and rectories, since launching their violent campaign in 2009, the Fides news service reports. The Fides report is based on numbers furnished by Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri, whose diocese is in the northeast of Nigeria where the Boko Haram terrorists have been most active. Visit this article to read more.

Kidnapped Nuns Returned in Syria
Last edited 11th March 2014

About a dozen Greek Orthodox nuns held by Syrian rebels are taken back to the conflict-torn country after disappearing in December. Video by Catholic News Service.

A Priest in the Family Addresses History of Abuse
Last edited 6th March 2014

A new film called A Priest in the Family is being funded by the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay and tells the story of shocking child abuse by local Catholic priests, with the film exploring the impact on child victims and the church community

Syrian Rebel Group Makes Christians Low-Status Subjects
Last edited 5th March 2014

An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice. Christians who reject conversion to Islam or the restrictive conditions “are subject to being legitimate targets, and nothing will remain between them and ISIS other than the sword,” said the online statement reputedly from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the BBC reports.

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