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Church protests beating deaths of Christian couple accused of blasphemy

Pakistani protest

CATHOLIC leaders in Pakistan protested the November 4 beatings and burning of a young Christian couple accused of desecrating the Quran. “The government has absolutely failed to protect its citizens’ right to life,” the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan said in a statement on November 5. Condemning the brutal killing of Shahzad ... Read More »

Pope will visit Shroud of Turin, commemorate birth of St John Bosco

Shroud of Turin

POPE Francis will visit the Shroud of Turin during its public display in Turin’s cathedral from April 19-June 24, 2015, as well as commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of St John Bosco. “I am happy to announce that, God willing, on June 21, I will go on pilgrimage to Turin to venerate the Holy Shroud and to honour ... Read More »

Syria’s war is part of humanitarian crisis


A CHURCH official who just returned from a visit to Syria said “the humanitarian situation is worse than I thought”. Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso told journalists in Beirut on November 1 that he had seen “the concrete face of suffering” as a result of war. He also said the humanitarian crisis in Iraq ... Read More »

Pope says annulment process should be cheaper and more efficient

Pope Francis

POPE Francis said the Church’s marriage annulment process should be more efficient and perhaps even free of charge, and he decried any attempts to exploit it for profit. “Some procedures are so long and so burdensome, they don’t favour (justice), and people give up,” the Pope said. “Mother church should do justice and say: ‘Yes, it’s true, your marriage is ... Read More »

Catholic charities respond to Ebola

Ebola response

DR Timothy Flanigan, professor of medicine at Brown University School of Medicine and permanent deacon for the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, said he left his wife and five kids in August and travelled to Liberia because he thought he “could make a difference”. As the Ebola epidemic continues, killing thousands of people in West Africa and leaving millions of ... Read More »

Pope Francis to open Vatican conference on traditional marriage


A MONTH after closing a Synod of Bishops on the family stirred by controversy over divorce, same-sex unions and other non-marital relationships, Pope Francis will open an inter-religious conference dedicated to traditional marriage. The Vatican-sponsored gathering, on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman”, will be held on November 17-19 and feature more than 30 speakers representing 23 countries and various ... Read More »

Praise God, proclaim salvation, pray for the persecuted, Pope says

Pope Francis

PRAYER and mission are the very breath of the Christian life, Pope Francis said. “When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air of the Holy Spirit. When exhaling this air, we announce Jesus Christ risen by the same spirit,” Pope Francis told members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships. The Pope met on October ... Read More »

The insanity of war

FURY: Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LeBeouf and Michael Pena. Directed by David Ayer. Rated MA15+ By John Mulderig BRUTAL realism in the depiction of combat and scripturally inspired spirituality hardly makes an obvious pairing. Yet, by bringing them together in Fury, writer-director David Ayer crafts a powerful – albeit disturbing – study of the psychological effects of combat. In ... Read More »

Poverty was among synod’s major concerns, Philippine cardinal says

Pope Francis and Cardinal Tagle

CARDINAL Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the Synod of Bishops on the family was more than a series of discussions on divorce and gay unions and that the impact of poverty on families, especially in Asia, was a major concern of participants. “Poverty is really affecting the Filipino family in a dramatic way,” Cardinal Tagle told reporters at an ... Read More »

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