Yesterday, January 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian troops. Lieut. Ivan Martynushkin, of the Red Army, was one of the first to enter the camp. The guards had fled and only about 7,500 prisoners remained, peering fearfully through the barbed wire. They spoke a Babel of languages.
The 170 young people who attended the recent Summer School of Evangelisation in Bathurst not only had a chance participate in a week-long retreat to open hearts and celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit, but they also had the unique opportunity of deepening their understanding and commitment to God via hip hop and rap.
A week before becoming a Catholic, Joanne landed a job at L’Osservatore Romano. The new job opened the door to the Roman romance.
Raif Badawi has been jailed for 10 years after starting a website for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia. On Friday 9 January we received the news that Raif received the first 50 lashes of his sentence.
For 12 years, Martin Pistorius was trapped in a vegetative state, unable to move or talk.Doctors told his parents he had the brain function of a three-month-old baby and to care for him until he died.Then one day he woke up, shocking everyone with his jaw-dropping tale.
In late 2014, retired Atlanta Fire Department Capt.Cindy Thompson contacted GA Voice, a Georgian LGBT group, to protest Cochran’s book and its mention of homosexuality. Thompson then brought the book to the Mayor’s LGBT liaison, Robin Shahar. Soon afterwards, LGBT activist groups began to rally for the fire chief to be fired.
Fr. Fernand Joseph Cheri III, O.F.M., was appointed on Monday by Pope Francis as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, his hometown. “I look forward to just, working with the people of New Orleans again,” Fr. Cheri said Jan. 12 at a press conference announcing his appointment.
Ahmed Merabet was the first police officer at the scene of the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was shot dead in cold blood. Now his brother has appealed for calm
Young people are searching for answers and purpose to their lives, and it is through the joy of faith and God's love that they will discover their vocation and become what they were created for, says Lorena Portocarrero, the newly-appointed Vocations Promoter for the Archdiocese of Sydney.
The Vatican has extended financial support to the Catholic communities in western Africa to aid the fight against the Ebola epidemic. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has released a brief account of the Vatican’s involvement in the response to Ebola, which has spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
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