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How the top-heavy Catholic Church is losing the ground game in China

How the top-heavy Catholic Church is losing the ground game in China

by: Ian Johnson - Cultural Exchange with China in Church Issues,

Across China, the number of Buddhists and Taoists has risen quickly and is now in the hundreds of millions. The comparison with Protestantism is even more striking. In 1949, China had one million Protestants. Today, the figure is estimated at 50 million to 60 million, with Protestant congregations especially strong where Catholicism is weakest—in China’s rapidly growing cities and among well-educated white-collar professionals.

Commentary to the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

“If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me before you. This would not be so if you belonged to the world because the world loves its own” (Jn 15:18-19). He calmed their perplexed and vacillating spirits recalling that a dramatic destiny puts together, for always, all the just ones. “Remember, that is how the ancestors of this people treated the prophets. Alas for you when people speak well of you, for that is how the ancestors of these people treated the false prophets” (Lk 6:23,26).

Chesterton deserves to be made a saint, say supporters

Chesterton deserves to be made a saint, say supporters

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Church News,

Fans of the Catholic author GK Chesterton have spoken of their frustration and disappointment at the decision not to open his cause for sainthood. Last week the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, wrote to the President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Dr Dale Ahlquist, stating that following a year-long investigation into the cause, much prayer, and a visit to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome, he was unable to promote Chesterton’s canonisation.

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The believers’ reflection on the fate of Mary after death continued to grow over the centuries. It led to the belief in her assumption and, on 1 November 1950, to the papal definition: “The Immaculate Conception Mother of God ever Virgin, finished the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”

Macau to host seminary for Asian evangelization

Macau to host seminary for Asian evangelization

by: ucanews.com reporter, Macau in Church News,

A new seminary to train priests for the whole of Asia will open in the Chinese territory of Macau in September. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has entrusted management of the Redemptoris Mater College for Evangelization in Asia to the Neocatechumenal Way.

Muslim teen set ablaze by Hindu mob

Muslim teen set ablaze by Hindu mob

by: ucanews.com reporter, New Delhi in Ecumenism,

In the latest mob attack in India, a 17-year-old Muslim boy in northern Uttar Pradesh state was allegedly set ablaze by a Hindu mob after he refused to chant a slogan hailing the Hindu faith's Lord Ram. .... Hindus form 966 million, or 80 percent, of India's population of 1.3 billion. Muslims account for 172 million, or 14 percent, while Christians comprise 29 million, or 2.3 percent.

Commentary to the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

Commentary to the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C

by: Fr. Fernando Armellini in Homilies,

The goods offer a sense of security; they promise to satisfy every need and every desire, from which the psychological mechanism that leads to the accumulation and idolatry is triggered. Riches give an impression of being solid, unwavering, enduring: they survive those who have them. Actually, they deceive him, deprive him of everything, and leave him empty-handed.

Does Church teaching change?

Does Church teaching change?

by: John W. O’Malley - La Croix International in Church Issues,

John O'Malley SJ explores Church doctrine at Trent, Vatican I and Vatican II.  Although the documents of the early councils of the church recognized that bad customs and bad teaching had to be uprooted, which is a form of change, they most characteristically betray a sense of continuity with previous Christian teaching and practice.

Frans van der Lugt: Bridge Builder and Martyr

Frans van der Lugt: Bridge Builder and Martyr

by: Jan Stuyt, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Ecumenism,

Fr. Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs five years ago. Since then, every day, Christians and Muslims have visited the garden of the Jesuit residence to pray at his tomb. Fr. Frans – in Arabic Abuna Francis – was a Jesuit priest originally from the Netherlands. He died in Homs, Syria, on April 7, 2014, a few days before his 76th birthday.