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Church agencies give displaced Iraqis fuel, heaters for winter

Displaced Iraqi Yezidi children

BLANKETS, metal heaters and canisters of kerosene provided by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas filled a parking lot in the Sharia collective in Iraq for collection by their new owners – Yezidis displaced by Islamic State militants in search of badly needed provisions to combat the cold. Thousands of Iraq’s religious minorities were displaced by Islamic State militants last year. ... Read More »

Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models

Pope Francis blesses child

WHEN their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into “orphans” who lack a father to guide them, show them love and teach them values, Pope Francis said. “They are orphans in a family because their fathers are often absent, also physically, from home, but above all because when they are home they don’t act like ... Read More »

Catholics join in marking 70th anniversary of Auschwitz liberation

Holocaust survivor

CATHOLIC leaders joined in commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, where 1.2 million mostly Jewish prisoners were killed by the Nazis during World War II. “When we ask how God was present in the hell of Auschwitz, we must remember God’s last word is one of peace,” Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland, ... Read More »

Elderly woman in tears praying Rosary and recalling escape from ISIS

Bishop Oscar Cantu

ONE of Iraq’s Christians chased out of her historic homeland quietly prayed the Rosary as a bishop who travelled halfway around the world to meet her and others displaced celebrated Mass for them. “It’s a journey of encountering God, the poor and the dispossessed,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, who is chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the ... Read More »

Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, Pope says

Christian leaders

CHRISTIANS are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders. Today’s martyrs were men and women, who through their witness to Jesus, were “persecuted and killed because they are Christian”, the Pope said on January 25 during an ecumenical prayer service marking the end of a Week ... Read More »

Stepping out for equality

SELMA: Starring Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson. Directed by Ava DuVernay. Rated M (Violence and coarse language) 127 minutes By John Mulderig ARRIVING on screens almost precisely 50 years after the events it portrays unfolded, director Ava DuVernay’s fact-based drama Selma compellingly recreates a crucial battle in the long struggle for African-American equality. Adult subject ... Read More »

Maturing in faith means not just asking God for favours, Pope says

Pope Francis

THE journey of faith always begins a little selfishly, seeking from God healing or help with a problem, but Christian maturity is allowing oneself to be purified and to arrive at the point of recognising Jesus as saviour, Pope Francis said. Celebrating Mass yesterday (January 22) in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives, Pope Francis commented ... Read More »

‘We shall overcome’ in fight against abortion, says Cardinal O’Malley

Pro-life youth

EVOKING a phrase long associated with the civil rights movement, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston told an overflow crowd in Washington that “we shall overcome” in the fight against abortion. Quoting Pope Francis in his homily on Wednesday (January 21) during the opening Mass of the United States National Prayer Vigil for Life, Cardinal O’Malley said, “The Church cannot and ... Read More »

Praying for victims in Niger, Pope says no war can be waged for God

Niger attacks

PRAYING for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the Church in Niger, Pope Francis said no war can ever be waged in God’s name. He asked that the Lord grant “the gift of reconciliation and peace so that religious feelings never become an occasion for violence, suppression and destruction”, he said yesterday (January 21) at the end of ... Read More »

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