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Where the Church's Growth in Fastest

Where the Church's Growth in Fastest

by: Mark Riedemann - Church in Need in Church News,

The northeast corner of India is the place where the Catholic Church has grown most over the past 30 years, with an average of about 10,000 adult baptisms every year -- and this despite the fact that for many generations missionaries were banned. Mark Riedemann spoke with a bishop from the region, John Thomas Kattrukudiyil of Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.

Islamic court convicts Christian cleric

Islamic court convicts Christian cleric

by: Jessy Joseph - UCA in Church News,

An Islamic court in Kashmir has convicted a Protestant pastor of converting Muslims to Christianity, while another pastor and a Catholic priest have been indicted on similar charges.

Holy Father's Annual Address to the Diplomatic Corps

Holy Father's Annual Address to the Diplomatic Corps

by: Vatican Information Service in Church News,

 "Here I cannot fail to address before all else the grave and disturbing developments of the global economic and financial crisis. The crisis has not only affected families and businesses in the more economically advanced countries where it originated, creating a situation in which many people, especially the young, have felt disoriented and frustrated in their aspirations for a serene future, but it has also had a profound impact on the life of developing countries.

Guidelines for celebrating Year of Faith revealed

Guidelines for celebrating Year of Faith revealed

by: David Kerr in Church News,

The Year of Faith was announced by Pope Benedict XVI last year in his apostolic letter “Porta Fidei.” It will begin on October 11, 2012, the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. It also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The year will end on November 24, 2013, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Universal King.

The Agency FIDES publishes list of Church people killed in 2011

The Agency FIDES publishes list of Church people killed in 2011

by: Fides Agency in Church News,

The FIDES news service noted the words of Pope Benedict XVI, who said on December 26 of that year, “As in ancient times, today the sincere adherence to the Gospel may require the sacrifice of life, and many Christians in various parts of the world are sometimes exposed to persecution and martyrdom”.  Fides’ list  includes not only missionaries ad gentes in the strict sense, but all pastoral care workers who died violent deaths.

Taiz'e Youngsters in Prayer

Taiz'e Youngsters in Prayer

by: VIS in Church News,

The message to the youth of Taizè, meeting in Berlin for the traditional end of year gathering.  The Pope to the youth: "Have more confidence, to face the world's challenges".

Making Christ known in the war zone

Making Christ known in the war zone

by: Aid to Church in Need in Church News,

 Fr. Smith, who serves in Helmand Province with the Second Battalion of the Mercian Regiment, described how he arrived in Afghanistan and found that many in the armed forces wanted to know more about their faith.

Suu Kyi meets papal envoy in church in Yangon

Suu Kyi meets papal envoy in church in Yangon

by: Thomas Toe in Church News,

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino spoke together for several minutes ahead of the celebration, the details of which were not immediately known. Her visit underscores her call for national conciliation to include all in society no matter their ethnic or religious background.

Filipino Priests’ Assembly: ‘A much awaited moment’

Filipino Priests’ Assembly: ‘A much awaited moment’

by: Doris Benavides in Church News,

“Historic” was the word used by Filipino priests to describe their First National Assembly held Nov. 8-11 in Los Angeles, which included an opening Mass followed by a day of workshops on spiritual growth and pastoral enrichment, a Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, a priests’ concert and the election of a new leadership council.

Thousands welcome pope on visit to Benin

Thousands welcome pope on visit to Benin

by: Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere | AFP News in Church News,

 He prayed for Mary to "fulfill the noblest aspirations of African youths, fulfill the hearts that hunger for justice, peace and reconciliation, fulfill the hopes of child victims of hunger and war." His trip is likely to bring into focus the enormous potential of many nations on a continent with the world's fastest growing number of Catholics, but also its numerous struggles.

Clerics and Queen gather to mark 400 years of Bible translation

Clerics and Queen gather to mark 400 years of Bible translation

by: Stephen Bates - The Guardian in Church News,

 The Very Rev John Hall, the abbey's dean, told the 2,000-strong congregation: "We acknowledge with gratitude the work's lasting influence on our national language and culture and on the faith, language and culture wherever the English language has reached throughout the world. Above all, we pray that we and all people may continue to be uplifted and transformed by the great story the Bible tells."

Cambridge University chapel is blessed

Cambridge University chapel is blessed

by: Catholic Herald in Church News,

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster blessed the new chapel at Cambridge University Catholic chaplaincy on Sunday October 30. Currently 450 people, both junior and senior members of the university, regularly attend Mass at Fisher House.

A feminine perspective on the New Evangelization

A feminine perspective on the New Evangelization

by: Rome Reports in Church News,

 Promoting the New Evangelization is becoming a priority for the Catholic Church. The pope is calling on everyone to revitalize the message of the Gospel, and that of course, includes women. "We believe that in this case specifically, women can contribute so much in matters of listening, creativity and beauty,” says Marta Rodríguez, director of the Institute of Advanced Studies on Women in Rome.

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

Benedict XVI announces Year of Faith

by: Cindy Weeden - Catholic Herald in Church News,

 Pope Benedict XVI has announced a “Year of Faith” to help Catholics appreciate the gift of faith, deepen their relationship with God and strengthen their commitment to sharing faith with others. Celebrating Mass on Sunday with participants in a Vatican conference on new evangelisation, the Pope said the Year of Faith would give “renewed energy to the mission of the whole Church to lead men and women out of the desert they often are in and toward the place of life: friendship with Christ who gives us fullness of life”.

Church, groups condemn killing of Italian priest in the Philippines

Church, groups condemn killing of Italian priest in the Philippines

by: Malu Cadelina Manar - CathNews in Church News,

 Lone gunman reportedly kills Fr. Fausto Tentorio, a leading anti-crime campaigner in Kidapawan, Mindanao. The priest was due to attend a regular meeting of Kidapawan diocese clergy at the house of Bishop Romulo de la Cruz in Kidapawan City today. Father Tentorio had been an active law and order campaigner in Arakan town. Only recently, he was appointed as head of a civilian anti-criminal task force in the town.

London 2012: "100 days of peace" campaign is launched

London 2012: "100 days of peace" campaign is launched

by: BBC in Church News,
The Olympics must be remembered "for peace as well as sport", the brother of a teenager killed in London has said. George Mizen, 12, is joining thousands of British children from nearly 500 Catholic schools in London, Essex, Kent and Hertfordshire to call for "100 days of peace" around next year's Games.
The schoolboy lost his brother Jimmy, 16, when he was stabbed at a bakery in Lee, south-east London, in May 2008. A mass will be held at Westminster Cathedral later to launch the campaign.