Pope Francis will travel to Strasbourg to address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe on November 25, 2014. The Council of Europe is the continent's leading human rights organisation. It includes 47 member states, 28 of which are members of the European Union.
News in Activities
Blessed Father Chavara Elias Kuriakose (1805-1871) and Blessed Sister Euphraisa of Sacred Heart of Jesus (1877-1952), both from the Syro-Malabar Church based in southern Kerala state, are set be canonized on November 23. The canonizations come six years after the canonization of India's first woman saint, Sister Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception.
“We are on the cutting edge of science,” they say, and of course they are. They are probing the deepest mysteries, including the riddle of how life began... What the authors of the Book of Genesis understood is that this question of origins is intimately bound up with the question of purpose. From the dawn of human time, to ask “How did we get here?” has been to ask “Why are we here?”
As it stands, the current annulment process is the equivalent of 'marital archeology' A major dispute at the recently concluded Extraordinary Synod on the Family, described by Tokyo Archbishop Takeo Okada as "white hot", concerned the Church's practice of denying the Eucharist to those who have remarried following a divorce.
Cardinals based in Rome showed ‘lack of awareness’ of what life is really like over homosexuality and divorce
Cardinals closeted in the Vatican are holding out against Pope Francis’s drive to make the Roman Catholic Church more welcoming to gay people and divorcees because of a “lack of awareness” of real life, a leading Anglican bishop has suggested. The Bishop of Durham, the Rt Rev Paul Butler, one of a handful of non-Roman Catholics invited to take part in a global gathering of bishops in Rome to discuss family issues, said he was “excited and intrigued” by much of what he saw.
In his interview with Vatican Radio,Chris Patten stressed that some Vatican budgets are “a little more opaque than one might like,” but he insisted the reform's main goal is to listen to peoples’ concerns and to ensure that the different parts of the Vatican's media work more closely and efficiently together.
Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis George, who has led the archdiocese since 1997. The appointment was announced in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Christians and Muslims thronged the Albanian capital Sunday to greet Pope Francis who arrived in the Muslim-majority country for a one-day visit to praise it as a model of religious harmony.
According to a news release from Elam Ministries, the organization behind the translation, at the time of the Islamic revolution in 1979, there were no more than 500 Christians from a Muslim background in the country. Now Iran is thought to have the fastest-growing church in the world. “A very conservative estimate puts the number of Christians in Iran at 100,000”
Two Catholic churches in two neighboring provinces in China were demolished this week while a third in Zhejiang province had its cross removed. On Monday, Jinxi Catholic Church in Hunan province was forcibly destroyed. When the priest tried to block the demolition, he was handcuffed and taken away.
Pro-Sri Lankan government activists stormed a meeting between families of the disappeared and foreign diplomats in Colombo on Monday evening. The pro-government mob, led by a group of Buddhist monks, forcibly entered the meeting and threatened the Tamil participants.
The winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, who died in November 2013, apparently left instructions that her library of over 3,000 books should be sent to the Zimbabwe capital, the New Zimbabwe website reports.
What should be a matter of outrage and great moral concern for every Filipino, and for every decent human being, is the revelation made by Human Rights Watch that a death squad in Mindanao has been on a killing rampage, targeting even street children as young as nine years old. The killings were allegedly carried out on the orders of the former mayor of the city of Tagum in Mindanao.
August 15, 2014 Pope Francis met young Catholics from across the region on Friday as Asia Youth Day kicked off in Solmoe, the birthplace of Korean Catholicism. Pope prays that God may 'light up the life of this vast continent'
The Bishop of Manchester has urged the government to offer asylum to thousands of Christians in northern Iraq
Some 30,000 Christians are thought to have fled Mosul since the city was seized by the Islamic State militant group. It has told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. The Right Reverend David Walker told the BBC that UK involvement in the Iraq war meant it had a moral obligation.
The experience of Christian communities, Catholic and otherwise, confirms that making no plans for growth results in little or no growth every time and such complacency even places communities at risk of decline as the surrounding culture changes and becomes less open to the offer of faith.
The International Catholic Film Festival. The aim of the festival is to give space and visibili The aim of the festival is to give space and visibility to producers and directors of feature films, documentaries, docu-fiction, television series and short films, to promote the "positive models and universal moral values” which are therefore consistent with Christianity.
Invocation: The revolution is here: The organisation’s creator and Executive director Chris Smith speaks to Aleteia about the revolutionary organisation and the secret to its success. “Ultimately what we do is we try to help young people everywhere to hear, recognise, discern and then respond to the call of Christ in their lives.