Pope Francis today praised Thailand for how it had allowed minority Christians to live in harmony with Buddhists for more than four centuries. He was speaking at a meeting with Buddhist Supreme Patriarch Ariyavongsagatanana IX at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram on the second day of his seven-day trip to Thailand and Japan.
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In an apostolic letter issued motu proprio on October 28, Francis declared that “from now on, the current Vatican Secret Archive, nothing changing in its identity, its structure, and its mission, be called the Vatican Apostolic Archive.”
Bishops of a Vietnamese diocese that is home to many migrants found dead in England have called on people to express their solidarity with the victims and their relatives. The illegal migrants — 31 men and eight women — were found dead in the back of a container truck in Essex on Oct. 23. Reportedly most of them are from the two dioceses of Vinh and Ha Tinh in Vietnam.
The Synod the Amazon is called to be an occasion for “conversion.” Ecclesial events need to be reflected upon and a historical reading made to perceive how God breaks into history even in contradictory conditions and to experience this action powerfully in the present ecclesial moment (cf. Evangelii Gaudium no. 25). A wise reading of the signs of the time confirms that the call to conversion often comes from the “peripheries,” including geographical ones.
A centuries-old diocese in northern Vietnam that has suffered much religious persecution has officially opened its first pastoral center to meet religious needs for local Catholics. The newly built Pastoral Center of Hai Phong Diocese was formally inaugurated on Oct. 4 by Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Vietnam.
Christian leaders in India are complaining that the nation's pro-Hindu government is placing unfair restrictions on voluntary organizations receiving foreign funding. Christian leaders see the move as a bid to brand humanitarian help as a cover for religious conversions.
Former president of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese, has said she was “surprised and thrilled” by the Catholic Faculty of Theology of Tübingen University’s decision to award her the 2019 Alfons Auer Ethics Prize.
People "who are always passing by but never enter the church" in a fully communal way of sharing and caring engage in a sort of "spiritual tourism that makes them believe they are Christians but instead are only tourists of catacombs," the pope said Aug. 21 during his weekly general audience.
Cardinal Oscar Andrès Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa has urged Honduras to "get out of the mud of corruption, evil, injustice and crime to discover the truth in justice, dialogue and love." According to Transparency International, an anti-corruption organization, Honduras was, in 2018, the 29th most corrupt country in the world out of 180.
The pope also talked about the dangers of surging nationalism and isolationist sentiments, saying, "I am worried because you hear speeches that resemble those by Hitler in 1934. 'Us first, We... We ....'" Such thinking, he said, "is frightening."
Each belongs to one of the City of London’s most familiar yet overlooked group of workers – that amorphous community responsible for cleaning the City, mostly in the small hours, long after everyone else has gone home or before even the earliest of starters arrives to switch on their computer.
An infusion of $1.1 million will benefit humanitarian programs, the resettlement of refugees and internally displaced people, and peace building efforts in violence-ravaged communities in South Sudan under a program initiated by the Italian bishops conference. The program will be coordinated through Caritas South Sudan and the church's umbrella humanitarian aid agency, Caritas Internationalis.
Francis Xavier Narupol Lertkusol, known to his friends as ‘Captain Pete,’ lost his life when the Air Force training jet he was flying crashed July 11 near the city of Chiang Mai. His co-pilot and student ejected and survived.
Time seems to have suspended itself at Notre-Dame. If you enter it through the small entrance on the Seine side, near the sacristy rebuilt by Viollet-le-Duc, you will encounter loads of candles surrounded by paper corollas. These candles, usually distributed during the Easter Vigil and then lit to celebrate the Resurrection, are still waiting for the faithful, among other objects of a daily life that is for the time being interrupted.
The priest, who offers spiritual advice to drug victims, said they are also given chances to join in with social life by visiting religious sites and going on sightseeing tours. n the past seven years, the retreat has looked after some 400 drug abusers for periods of four to eight months. Many have since married and obtained steady jobs. Ten of them joined a Benedictine monastery based in the central city of Hue.
Each year on July 22, the Catholic Church throughout the world celebrates the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, "the first witness of the Lord's resurrection and the first evangelist". But celebrating the woman known as the "Apostle of Apostles" with the exalted rank of "feast" is a very recent development. In fact, it dates only to 2016. That's when Pope Francis decreed that her liturgical commemoration would be elevated from being a mere "memorial".
A video of a musical depicting the history of the first saint to have been based in Hong Kong is now available online with new subtitles in a bid to reach a broader audience. The video of St. Joseph Freinademetz: The First Saint to Ever Serve in Hong Kong can now be watched via YouTube.
'As human beings we are not defined by the bad things we have done in our lives. We can all hope for a narrative of redemption'. National prison charity, Pact, has outlined a different approach to rehabilitation based on Catholic social teaching and the inherent dignity of every human being.