Father Richmond Villaflor Nil, gunned down as he was about to celebrate Mass, was fourth priest shot in last six months. Police said the priest was shot while he was putting on his alb to start the Mass. At least three shots were fired through the chapel's window. Father Nilo became the fourth Catholic priest to be shot in the Philippines in the last six months and the second within a week.
The passage ends with a comment by the evangelist: “he explained everything privately to his disciples” (v. 34). Reflection, silence and prayer are needed; one needs to devote time to dialogue with Christ. It is necessary to create a spiritual atmosphere to receive from the Spirit the needed light to assimilate and translate the message of this parable into choices of life.
The collaboration between the Catholic Church and law enforcement officers to tackle modern slavery is starting to work. Cardinal Vincent Nichols told a UN conference this week that the collaboration between the Catholic Church, through the Santa Marta group, and law enforcement officers to combat human slavery around the world, is starting to work.
A source who asked to be unnamed told ucanews.com that Hebei Provincial Ethnic and Religious Department had given the company verbal notification that neither its newspaper nor website should report pilgrimages in May. Webmasters in other dioceses told ucanews.com that they had submitted articles on local or inter-provincial pilgrimages to Faith Weekly but none had been published.
Over 25 years ago a gang of four men took me at gunpoint from a basketball court to my school office. They introduced themselves as members of a proscribed organization and made me sit on a chair while they kicked my face. That was the first attack I encountered on June 14, 1991, in my three decades of working as a Salesian missionary in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur.
All dictatorships begin the same way: media outlets are put in the hands of "unscrupulous" people who spread lies and weaken democracy, Pope Francis said. Typical standards, norms and laws in regard to communications are first eliminated, the pope said in his homily June 18 during morning Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae.