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Europe will be ‘adrift’ if it loses Christian roots, faith leaders warn

Europe will be ‘adrift’ if it loses Christian roots, faith leaders warn

PARIS, France, Mar 3, 2017–Catholic and Orthodox leaders in a joint statement urged Europeans to remember their Christian roots, and to return to them during this time of “widespread concern for (the) future” of Europe. “…our societies are turning to their spiritual resources, to draw out means of responding to the situation that Europe is […]

BELMONT N.C., Mar 1, 2017–Praising his “resolute defense of persecuted Christians,” an institute at Belmont Abbey College has awarded its Benedict Leadership Award to Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus. The Benedict Leadership Institute cited Anderson’s leading role in advocating protection for Christians facing genocide in Iraq, Syria, and elsewhere. The Knights […]

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MOSTAR, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Feb 28, 2017–The bishop of the local Church where Medjugorje is located reiterated on Sunday his long-held belief that the alleged Marian apparitions at the site are false. “The position of this Curia throughout this period has been clear and resolute: these are not true apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” […]

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Cardinal Bo warns of ‘environmental holocaust’

MANDALAY, Mar 3, 2017–Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Yangon warned that greed is fueling the world’s ecological crisis while equating the destructive powers of climate change to that of nuclear weapons. “Today we face an environmental holocaust. It is a scary moment,” Cardinal Bo said in his keynote speech at the Asia-Oceania Meeting of Religious […]

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SINGAPORE, Mar 3, 2017–The Archbishop of Singapore, William Goh, sent the faithful the traditional pastoral letter for Lent. Exhorting the faithful to question the “void that can not explain” in their lives, Msgr. Goh encourages them to seek reconciliation with God, to repentance and forgiveness. This, according to the archbishop, is the way to happiness […]

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CAIRO, Egypt, Mar 2, 2017–A spike in attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, spurred by a video threat from ISIS, has drawn the prayers and concern of advocates, who are urging global leaders to take notice. “Americans need to know that one of the oldest Christian communities in the world is under threat from being […]

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HONG KONG, Mar 2, 2017–For Lent, the bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal. John Tong, addressed to the faithful the traditional pastoral letter. On the occasion, he emphasized the role of the family and marriage, as a place of construction of the person and of growth in reciprocal communion. Citing Amoris Letitia Pope Francis, Cardinal urges […]

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Bishop Conley: Mass deportations will not fix our immigration system

LINCOLN, Neb., Feb 27, 2017–Controversial immigration policies issued by United States President Donald Trump’s have thus far prompted numerous critiques from concerned U.S. Catholic bishops. The most recent order, issued Feb. 20, directed officials to more aggressively find, arrest, and deport illegal immigrants, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes. In his most recent […]

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WASHINGTON D.C., Feb 27, 2017–The U.S. bishops are responding with solidarity and concern for the Jewish community, following a surge in anti-Semitic actions in recent weeks. “On behalf of the Bishops and people of the Catholic Church, as the Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, I want to express our deep […]

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ARMAGH, Northern Ireland, Feb 27, 2017–Ahead of Northern Ireland’s assembly elections, the region’s Catholic bishops have reflected on situation facing voters and the importance of voting with well-formed consciences. “Far from separating us from concern about society and its development, the Gospel commandment to love one’s neighbor as oneself commits us ‘to work for the […]

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Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS

MOSUL, Iraq, Feb 28, 2017–After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located just 17 miles from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after being liberated from ISIS. As a visible sign of the rebuilding, a giant cross was erected on a hill, marking the victory of the Christian faith against the darkness of the […]

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PYONGYANG, Feb 27, 2017–North Korea’s Pyongyang Diocese will celebrate its 90th anniversary in March. The diocese was the cornerstone of evangelization efforts in the northern part of the Korean peninsula in the early 1900s. Pyongyang Diocese, which is now administered from Seoul because religion is banned in the north, will celebrate the anniversary at Myeongdong Cathedral […]

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TOKYO, Feb 27, 2017–An Argentinian born priest has been appointed provincial of the Japan Province of the Society of Jesus. Father Renzo De Luca SJ succeeds Father Yoshio Kajiyama SJ, and assumes office on March 1. Born in born in Larroque, Entre Rios, Argentina in 1963, Father De Luca enters into his work as provincial […]

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CAIRO, Feb 27, 2017–Tens of Coptic families have fled from Al Arich, the capital of the governorate of North Sinai after a series of attacks last week that killed seven Christians . Already in 2014 the Islamic state had proclaimed the area “Wilayat Sinai” (Province of Sinai), located to the east of Egypt, with an […]

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BANGALORE, Feb 24, 2017–Msgr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bangalore (Karnataka), opened the first family planning clinics of the local Church. He explained that the initiative stems from “deep concern about the growing number of Catholics who choose to live together and underestimate the sanctity of the institution of marriage”. The service offered by the archdiocese […]

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COLOMBO, Feb 24, 2017–Church officials have urged Catholics in Sri Lanka to voice their opposition to government plans to ease the island nation’s abortion laws. In a country where abortion is currently illegal, except to save the life of the mother, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka said they were concerned about media reports […]

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