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Christian Martyrs: The Words of Tertullian Remain True Today
Last edited 26th February 2015

Plures efficimur, quoties metumur a vobis; semen est sanguis christianorum. Tertullian wrote these words over 1800 years ago, in or around the year 192 AD. Often translated as the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church, apparently a more accurate translation is: we multiply whenever we are mown down by you; the blood of Christians is seed.


For Coptic Christians, Threat of Martyrdom is Part of Daily Life
Last edited 24th February 2015

The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis.


Patriarch Urges Prayer after 90 Christians Kidnapped in Syria
Last edited 24th February 2015

With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response. “Let’s pray for those innocent people,” Patriarch Younan told CNA over the phone from Beirut Feb. 24.


Why this Bishop is Staying in Libya After the ISIS Massacre
Last edited 19th February 2015

“I should stay! How can I leave the Christians alone?” These are the words of Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, in response to the Islamic State’s threats that it plans to take over the country and continue beheading Christians, as it did this past weekend, killing 21 Coptic Christians.


Lent Prayers Needed for Peace in Iraq
Last edited 18th February 2015

In a message sent to AsiaNews for the start of Lent, His Beatitude Mar Raphael I Louis Sako calls on fellow Chaldeans to work for the unity of the Church, and for peace in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. In it, he also urges his "Muslim brothers and sisters" to take part in the fast for "a few days" during this privileged period of reflection and prayer.


World's Cardinals Talk Vatican Reform
Last edited 12th February 2015

The reform of the Roman Curia should promote "greater harmony" among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the church and strengthen its ability to evangelize, Pope Francis said. In this video by Catholic News Service, Cardinals-designate Arlindo Furtado of Santiago de Cabo Verde and Ricardo Perez of Valladolid, Spain, talk about their first impressions of the consistory.

Curial Reform Aims to Unite Church, says Pope
Last edited 12th February 2015

Reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the Church and strengthen its ability to evangelise, Pope Francis said.


Vatican Commission for Protection of Minors to Study Issue of Accountability
Last edited 9th February 2015

Making the Church a safe place for children and vulnerable adults means having proper protection procedures in place, making sure they are implemented and holding bishops accountable when they are not. In essence, these are the priorities before the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults which is holding its first full Plenary Assembly since it was set up by Pope Francis in 2013.


Australian Religious Leaders’ Plea for Mercy for Bali-9 Pair
Last edited 8th February 2015

Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP and Grand Mufti, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad of the Australian National Imams Council have jointly called for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who are facing imminent execution by firing squad in Bali. Their statement, issued on 8 February 2015, is below:


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The Difference Between a Renaming and a Baptism
Last edited 26th January 2015

The Church does not rename pagan traditions as the secularist renames Christian holidays, seasons, symbols and so forth. The Church baptizes the world. The Church impudently gives pagan traditions new meanings, of which a new name is an icon and consequence.


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