Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council Declaration Nostra Aetate, Christians and Jews are "strangers no longer," but now friends, and brothers and sisters, says Pope Francis.
Victoria is a 10-year-old girl with a mental disability who was put in Jesus Divine Temple (Nyakumasi) Prayer Camp, where she was chained to a tree all day and slept on a mat in an open compound. She had no relative present at the camp at the time Human Rights Watch visited. Victoria had a skin infection which had affected her whole body, but she was not given access to medical treatment for this disorder.
A dialogue between Catholic and Buddhist religious and social action leaders began on the 24th of June at the Vatican. Pope Francis stopped by the meeting, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran gave a welcoming address.
In the flurry of media coverage surrounding Cardinal Pell and claims on a national television program, the Archbishop of Melbourne and President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart has said he believes the Cardinal to be a good and honest man.
The Victory app will check in with you morning, noon, and night, to see how you're doing in your battle against impurity.
On Sunday Pope Francis paid a visit to a parish on the southern outskirts of Rome, where he told parishioners that in order to be a good Christian they must always be attached to Jesus, who gives life.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki-moon will be in Rome on Tuesday April 28th to meet with Pope Francis. One of the issues that will surely be addressed is immigration. Just in the last few weeks, hundreds of immigrants drowned along the Mediterranean while trying to make their way to Europe. It's estimated that in 2014 alone, roughly 3,500 immigrants from Africa and the Middle East have died along this journey. It's a point Pope Francis has highlighted time and time again.
Pope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba in September to tie in with his visit to the United States, a move that could further improve diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Francis “is considering the idea of a Cuba leg” but that discussions about the visit are at a preliminary stage.
The number of Catholics has increased faster than population growth in recent years. Currently, about 18 percent of the world identifies as Catholic. Between 2005 and 2013, the Catholic population went from 1.115 billion to 1.254 billion. That's 17.3 percent of the world population to 17.7 percent in just eight years.
More and more parishes are starting to incorporate video on their website. Video can be a great way of demonstrating what your parish has to offer and video is becoming a very common way for people on the Internet to learn and explore.
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