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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18-25 January 2014
Last edited 17th January 2014

Every year, from 18-25 January, we have a special Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year, Pope Francis has asked Christians all over the world to pray: "That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ." Let us join Pope Francis in prayer this week!


Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High
Last edited 16th January 2014

The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. A third (33%) of the 198 countries and territories included in the study had high religious hostilities in 2012, up from 29% in 2011 and 20% as of mid-2007.


Evangelical Clergyman Killed in Andhra Pradesh, India
Last edited 14th January 2014

A group of strangers murdered an evangelical pastor in Andhra Pradesh and tried to kill his wife as well before they fled the scene of the crime.


Are There Benefits to Faith?
Last edited 16th January 2014

Religion gets a lot of bad PR these days. Some of it is certainly deserved. Much, I would argue, is not. But all of that begs the question, “Does religion provide any objective purpose for the psychological health of the person and the good of society?”

Pope Writes to New Cardinals: It's not a Promotion, but a Service that Demands a Wider Vision
Last edited 13th January 2014

On the same day he announced their names, Pope Francis wrote to the 19 prelates he chose to become members of the College of Cardinals. In the letter, the Pope said becoming a cardinal is not a "promotion," but rather an expansion of their vision in service to God. He asked that if they celebrate, to do it with "austerity and poverty," as well as

Is Ordinary time a boring time in the Church Calendar? Why is it called Ordinary?
Last edited 30th January 2014

Dear Fr. John, I see today is the first day of Ordinary time. I am wondering why the Church uses the term Ordinary for Ordinary time? It gives the impression that it is a boring time of the Church year is this the case?


Drastic Increase in Murders of Religious, Missionaries in 2013
Last edited 9th January 2014

The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful.


Coptic Orthodox Celebrate Christmas under Tight Security but Without Violence
Last edited 7th January 2014

The Egyptian Coptic Orthodox celebrated Christmas in the hope of a "new life" brought by the birth of Jesus and in fear of attacks by Islamic extremists. Last night, thousands of people attended the traditional vigil in the cathedral of Abasseya (Cairo) , presided over by Patriarch Tawadros II.


Malaysia: Bibles Seized Over 'Allah' Controversy
Last edited 6th January 2014

Malaysian authorities have seized 321 Bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia in Selangor, because they used the word "Allah" for the Christian God. In addition, two Christian leaders were arrested.


Pope Calls for Updated Rules on ties Between Bishops, Religious Orders
Last edited 5th January 2014

During a November 29 session with leaders of religious orders, Pope Francis called upon men and women religious to “wake up the world,” and said that existing Church rules governing the relations between bishops and religious orders are outdated.

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