Over 25 years ago a gang of four men took me at gunpoint from a basketball court to my school office. They introduced themselves as members of a proscribed organization and made me sit on a chair while they kicked my face. That was the first attack I encountered on June 14, 1991, in my three decades of working as a Salesian missionary in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur.
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“Do not spend the whole day playing with your phone and ignoring the world around you,” the pontiff told his young audience hours before he flew back to the Vatican.
A former BBC political correspondent, Martina Purdy, has professed her vows as a member of the Adoration Sisters in Belfast. Her one-time media colleagues were in the congregation for theprofession at St Peter’s Cathedral in Belfast. Sr Martina and a former barrister, Sr Elaine Kelly, received their brown veils as well as the ring and brown scapular of the congregation.
British businesses are increasingly alarmed that they will be shut out of markets they rely on. Many on both sides of the political divide see that it will damage the economy and lead to the loss of jobs. So why have they not organised to say so, with all the zeal displayed by their opponents? ... Jeremy Corbyn and those around the Labour leader seem to share Mrs May’s conviction that the referendum result was primarily a protest about immigration.
An estimated 80,000 people attended the canonization Mass at St. Peter's Square in Vatican City October 17, 2016. The seven new saints of the church were holy not because of their own efforts but because of "the Lord who triumphs in them and with them," Pope Francis said.
The three-hour event, "Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home" saw the colorful display of images of people from various places, the natural world and climate change against the facade of St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 8. About 1.5 million spectators watched the show. The light show was staged by a conglomerate of social justice organizations.
The budget hotel Travelodge has admitted that it has removed Bibles from its rooms despite receiving no complaints from customers about their presence. Representatives of the 500-strong chain claim that inclusion of the Bibles, donated by the Gideon Society, no longer reflect Britain’s growing “multicultural society”.
In recent years the government has eased limitations on recruitment, priestly ordination and the reshuffling of priests. Major seminaries in Vietnam are upgrading facilities to accommodate the growing need of priestly formation after the government relaxed seminary enrollment rules.
Chinese Catholics weep as statues depicting the Passion of Christ are removed or hidden from public view in what they say is reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution
Holy statues depicting Biblical scenes including Jesus’ crucifixion have been destroyed, removed or "hidden" by authorities in a city known as China’s Jerusalem
A Catholic school community in Leeds is in mourning today after a female teacher was stabbed to death yesterday morning. Anne Maguire, taught Spanish and Religious Education at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Neville Road and was stabbed by a pupil in front of a class of 30 pupils, according to reports.
English author GK Chesterton, best known for his Father Brown stories, has begun the journey to Beatification and Canonisation with the blessing of the Pope.Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton, the diocese in which Chesterton lived, has ordered an examination of the life of the Catholic writer.
The most senior Roman Catholic cleric in England and Wales, the Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, said: “It was with sadness that we heard the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher, who served this country for many years both as a Member of Parliament and as Prime Minster. "We pray for the repose of her soul and for the intentions of her family and all those who now mourn for her.”
I’m just back from the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Eighteen of us went to represent the seminary, and we had a fantastic week – despite the patchy weather. They talk about the rain in Ireland being ‘soft’, but for the two hours of the Mass for Reconciliation on Thursday afternoon it got distinctly hard.
On Friday night he opened the doors of his church, standing less than 100 meters from the port in Giglio, to about 400 survivors of the Costa Concordia who straggled up the steps to the entrance seeking shelter and food. "I pulled out all the food I had," he said. "I still had some panettone cakes from Christmas so I gave them that, and then the community brought more."
A study commission headed by the Claretian Missionary Father Michael presented a report to the assembly of Bishops and Major Superiors to take practical measures for the church presence in developmental activities. This joint initiative of Regional Bishops and Major Superiors is to be grounded in the poor areas of West Bengal which is traditional considered as Maoists stronghold.
A Spanish missionary activist priest and the US ambassador have praised President Benigno Aquino for showing restraint in dealing with recent alleged rebel attacks on troops in Basilan, Philippines. It will help to keep the peace talks alive.
New research released today from the University of Warwick’s Religions and Education Research Unit demonstrates that churchgoing young Christians give much more support to their Muslim peers, in comparison with young people who have no religious faith.
"Our parents and grandparents were suffering for so long because of war. They brought us independence and so I thank them and I thank God," secondary school student Sarah Keji told me. Expectations here are high and the wish list is as long as the Nile. "After independence, life will be better than before. We are going to see justice, prosperity and our country will develop."