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Pope Francis makes major American Church appointment

Pope Francis makes major American Church appointment

by: Catholic Herald Reporter in Activities,

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.

Iran – World’s “Fastest-Growing Church,” Celebrates New Bible Translation.

Iran – World’s “Fastest-Growing Church,” Celebrates New Bible Translation.

by: By Jeremy Reynalds - ASSIST News Service in Activities,

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”

Chinese authorities demolish two churches on same day

Chinese authorities demolish two churches on same day

by: ucanews.com reporter in Activities,

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.

Philippine city officials ordered multiple death squad killings

Philippine city officials ordered multiple death squad killings

by: Fr Shay Cullen - UCN in Activities,

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.

Helping people in Gaza

Helping people in Gaza

by: SCIAF in Activities,

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) is sending £30,000 to provide emergency aid to thousands of people caught in the conflict in Gaza.

Pastoral Planning

Pastoral Planning

by: Daniel Ang - www.timeofthechurch.com in Activities,

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.

Militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

Militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

by: Catholic News Service in Activities,
As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace. “Violence isn’t overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace,” the pope said before leading thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square in a moment of silent prayer July 20.
Catholic Film Festival Swims Against the Flow

Catholic Film Festival Swims Against the Flow

by: Eponymous Flower in Activities,

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. 

The Revolution is Here

The Revolution is Here

by: Carly Andrews - Tony Eccles - Aleteia in Activities,

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.

The Conference on Consecrated Life 2014

The Conference on Consecrated Life 2014

by: Jo Farrell - Godgossip Reporter in Activities,

Pope urges us to “fly the nest” and tell the Good News to the world. He invites us to make a noise and be less afraid of making mistakes, surprise the world as God constantly surprises us. He adds that this is relevant for all of us, not just the young. We are all are able to hold this passion for God’s life. 

We all can win the World Cup

We all can win the World Cup

by: Msgr. Charles Pope - Washington Arch. in Activities,

On the Lord’s Team! A Reflection on Sports Providing an Image of the Christian Life. The World Cup captured a lot of attention these past few weeks. I puzzle a bit as to the popularity of soccer since it seems that almost no one ever scores.

World Cup Theology

World Cup Theology

by: Dr Lincoln Harvey - The Tablet in Activities,

The World Cup is now well under way. We’ve had some brilliant games and some wonderful goals. It is shaping up to be a great tournament. But is there a way for us to use the World Cup in our evangelism? The short answer is yes.

Iraqi sisters stay as civilians flee Mosul

Iraqi sisters stay as civilians flee Mosul

by: Dawn Cherie Araujo in Activities,

“The extraordinary thing about the sisters right now is their commitment, regardless of the danger, to stand with their people and not abandon them,” Markham said.The sisters are well aware of the danger in their situation, especially now that ISIS controls Mosul, at least for the time being. All anyone can do for them is pray.