Should one seek God in solitude or in human relationships? It is widely accepted that both ways are valid. With regard to solitude, think of the anchorites of the early Christian era; with regard to human relationships, think of the worker priests of the 20th century. Or we can think of St. Thérèse of Lisieux as a model for contemplation and St. Francis Xavier as a model for action.
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The Doria Pamphilj family have generously housed the Centre since it was founded in 1966. In pre-pandemic times, the Centre was a meeting point for Catholic and Anglican leaders, and hosted regular events and informal dialogue. But the last few months have been the toughest time yet for the Centre, and it has launched an urgent appeal for funds.
What in the world is going on in Magnano?This peaceful hamlet in the northern Italian region of Piedmont is home to the Monastery of Bose.This mixed community of men and women was founded in 1965 by Catholic layman Enzo Bianchi.
Fr Hans Küng, who was one of the most influential and prophetic voices of 20th century Christianity, has died aged 93. The Swiss theologian helped lay the groundwork for the Second Vatican Council. He was a pioneer in the field of ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue.
It's easy to despair that the barriers dividing Christians and Muslims will never be overcome. But Pope Francis's historic visit to Iraq this month offers the opportunity to imagine otherwise.
Pope Francis has described himself as “very saddened” about Turkey’s planned reconversion of Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. Other church leaders have also criticised the decision.
Father Abid Habib recalls the sacrifice his father made in allowing him to become a Catholic. He followed Muslim funeral traditions after the death of his father. Ahmed's six Catholic children prayed silently as Muslim relatives recited tasbih at Rasm-e-Qul, the three-day congregational prayers.
Pope Francis has said he shares the “impatience” of those eager to see full visible unity among the Christian churches. In a letter to Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the 25th anniversary the encyclical Ut Unum Sint, Pope Francis said St John Paul II had wanted the Church to be “ever mindful of the heartfelt prayer of her Teacher and Lord” that all may be one.
Newman’s holiness calls for a “broadening of the mind,” a use of the imagination that is also truly Christian. It requires being imaginative. Newman’s holiness therefore comes into contact with our imagination at various levels. This article will try to briefly show some of them, to awaken today our faith in Christ.
Canon Robin Gibbons preached at the special Newman Matins held at Christ Church, Oxford on the day of the canonisation of St John Henry Newman in Rome. In many ways this was an historic moment, a recognition by the Anglican community of their receptivity and love of one who did so much for Anglicanism but also who is bringing the two churches closer together.
The church of St Mary and St Nicholas in Littlemore, just outside Oxford, is to this day much as Newman designed it in the 1830s. Parishioners still remember their preacher and benefactor in vivid stories passed down through the generations from those who knew him.
A leading scholar describes a complex character and a life punctuated by conversions – that saw humiliation and vindication, darkness and joy, doubt and assurance. When Newman heard that a woman had described him as a saint, his reaction was crisp: “I have nothing of a saint about me.” Now the Church has decided otherwise.
She was the oldest of three Jews left in the once popular Jewish trade center on the coast of the Arabian sea in Kerala. Only two Sephardi Jews, who’s ancestors migrated from the Spanish Iberian Peninsula in the 16th century, are left in Mattancherry. Both do not wish to interact with media or strangers, unlike Cohen.
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.
A group of Christians and Muslims held "interfaith prayers" in the ruins of a church and a mosque on July 27 in the southern Philippine city of Marawi, which was devastated by a five-month siege in 2017.
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.
A BBC survey carried out in a dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa shows a sharp erosion of confidence of people in religious leaders, and a significant increase in "no religion." The Arab Barometer Study published by the BBC June 24 surveyed more than 25,000 people between late 2018 and spring 2019.
During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims across the globe and throughout the UK endure a period of daily fasting – the largest act of religious observance of its kind. For the Britain's 3.1 million-strong Muslim community, the annual event represents a time to fast and devote a particular focus to prayer, purification and charitable acts.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, will be in the Vatican this week to lead a retreat for civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan.