First came Cuba...so now the question is- is China next? Will the communist country improve its ties with the Vatican and be in full communion with the Catholic Church? There's no question Pope Francis has been pushing for improvements, but some experts say, they wouldn't bet on any major changes...at least not yet.
It's no secret: God has a thing for each one of us. He loves us more than we can possibly imagine. After all, he created us. He knows us inside and out. Whether or not we are aware of it, we share an intimate relationship with our Creator—even from before we were born.
A Franciscan nun who dedicated her life to helping those suffering from drug addiction, was murdered last week in Brazil. According to Fides, Sister Irma Odete Francisca was killed on Friday morning at La Estrella Drug Rehabilitation Centre in the town of Guaratinguetá, located in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
Her name is Asia Bibi. The first woman to ever be sentenced to death in Pakistan under the country's blasphemy law. In late July, the court issued good news. She is still behind bars, but her execution has been suspended by the high courts, at least for now.
The Year of Mercy Event Officially known as Oceania Apostolic Congress on Mercy (OACOM) there will be both a youth and adult focus with the opening weekend of February 20-21 being the youth event and the closing weekend having a general admission, the intervening days will be spent on taking some of the keynote speakers out to the parishes of Auckland Diocese.
Police last week saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country.
Martha Pelloni does not look intimidating. She is short and has a gentle voice. But when she speaks, and her passion is awakened, it quickly becomes clear why she is so influential in Argentina. By organizing "marches of silence,” Pelloni exposed the truth behind the torture and murder of a young woman in Argentina. The crime was especially egregious because it was carried out by family members of government officials and then covered up.
In this video, Catholic News Service takes an in-depth look at the situation of Catholics living in Egypt.
The court’s decision, published on June 19 in the Judicial Weekly journal, said “procreation” was not a purpose for marriage and therefore limiting marriages to heterosexual couples amounted to discrimination against other couples seeking marriage. The Mexican bishops’ conference expressed disappointment with the court’s decree and said it disagreed with its reasoning. The bishops reiterated their conviction that the family, founded on the marriage of a man and a woman with “reproductive ability” guarantees “the survival of society.”
In a message to the world’s Muslims, issued for the start of Ramadan, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has called for cooperative action against religious violence. The Vatican document addresses Muslims who have suffered from religious violence, losing relatives and friends or witnessing the destruction of their homes and heritage. These acts of violence are grave, the document says. “However, what makes them even more heinous is the tentative of justifying them in the name of religion.”
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