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Jesus would have been a great TV evangelist, papal preacher says

THE Gospel is made for television and Jesus Christ would have been a perfect on-air evangelist, the papal preacher said. Televised programming required “brevity, concision, applicability to life, and word and images blended together,” preacher of the papal household Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said. “It is an endeavour one can undertake without betraying the Gospel, quite the contrary, by imitating ... Read More »

Phone calls, evacuations: Gaza’s Christians work together to stay safe

Gaza Strip

MEMBERS of the tiny Christian community in the Gaza Strip have been keeping tabs on each other and lending a helping hand to keep each other safe during Israeli airstrikes throughout the region, but nowhere in the territory is really safe, said a priest at the territory’s only Catholic parish. Fr Jorge Hernandez, an Argentine member of the Institute of ... Read More »

Heavy dose of vulgarity

TRANSFORMERS – AGE OF EXTINCTION: Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci. Directed by Michael Bay. 165 minutes. Rated M (Action viuolence and coarse language) By John Mulderig THERE may, no doubt, be circumstances that would justify a film having a running time close to three hours. Some lavish adaptation of a Dickens novel, perhaps, or a sweeping ... Read More »

Leading by example: Pope offers abuse victims open ear, open heart

Pope Francis

By Carol Glatz MORE than a meeting and homily, Pope Francis laid out a clear road map for the Church when he celebrated Mass and welcomed abuse survivors to the Vatican. The morning he dedicated to six men and women who had been abused by clergy was a powerful combination of upholding the importance of having the letter of the ... Read More »

Court may compel priest to break confessional seal in abuse case

LOUISIANA’S Supreme Court has ruled that a priest may be compelled to testify as to what he heard in the confessional in 2008 concerning an abuse case. The priest, Fr Jeff Bayhi, faces automatic excommunication if he breaks the seal of the confessional. But he also could face jailing if found to be in contempt of the court should he ... Read More »

Holy Land bishops criticise ‘collective punishment’ of Palestinians

CATHOLIC leaders in the Holy Land called for an end to the cycle of violence and criticised Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and its collective punishment of Palestinians. “Using the death of the three Israelis to exact collective punishment on the Palestinian people as a whole and on its legitimate desire to be free is a tragic exploitation of tragedy ... Read More »

Iraqi patriarch: Situation perhaps ‘darkest and most difficult period’

THE patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in Iraq “perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in (the Church’s) recent history”. In a telephone interview with Catholic News Service on July 7, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako also reiterated his appeal for the safe release of two nuns and three orphans believed kidnapped in the ... Read More »

Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

ASKING for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained”. “There is no place in the Church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, ... Read More »

Pope speaks openly of ways his pontificate may end

Pope Celestine

By Cindy Wooden SYMPATHISING with all the unknowns facing young people today, Pope Francis – half joking – said it is easier for a pope because he knows where his earthly life will end. “I think the pope’s definitive path is more certain. Where will the pope end up? There, in that tomb”, in St Peter’s Basilica where most popes ... Read More »

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