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Bishop sees hope in neighbouring African countries despite trauma

AMONG almost a million people displaced from their homes through conflict in the Central African Republic are 9000 people who have found refuge at a seminary in the capital, Bangui. An “unbelievable number of children” were among these refugees at St Mark’s Major Seminary, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, said, noting that the mean age in the country ... Read More »

Text said to evacuate, but Gaza parish staff had nowhere to go

Gaza City airstrikes

WHEN the staff at the lone Catholic parish in the Gaza Strip received text warnings to evacuate the premises, they had nowhere to go. Caritas Jerusalem president Fr Raed Abusahlia, who has been in contact with the parish priest, told Catholic News Service that Fr Jorge Hernandez of the Institute of the Incarnate Word and three nuns who live at ... Read More »

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

Pope Francis waves

SLOWING down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly “Viva” on July 27, the Pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one’s life: 1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which ... Read More »

For some Middle East Catholics, Church is anchor of hope amid violence

Bethlehem family

AS the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities. For some Catholics, the Church and its tenets serve as an anchor of hope. At the ... Read More »

Pope heads to Vatican cafeteria for Friday fish menu

TAKING the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican’s blue-collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state’s “industrial park”. “He showed up, got his tray, silverware, he stood in line and we served him,” the cafeteria’s chef Franco Paini told Vatican Radio on July 25. He acted “normally, like the humblest of ... Read More »

Changes in synod process designed to increase discussion

THE extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will be shorter than a usual synod and will include new rules aimed at helping the bishops really grapple with the issues together, the general secretary of the synod said. “We want a frank, open, civilised discussion,” Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri told Catholic News Service on July 25. The extraordinary synod will meet ... Read More »

Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets Pope

MEETING a Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ. The Pope spent 30 minutes with Ms Ibrahim, her husband and two small children on July 24, just hours after she had arrived safely in Italy following a brutal ordeal of imprisonment and a death sentence ... Read More »

Planet themes align with Christian values

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: Starring Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke. Directed by Matt Reeves. 130 minutes. Rated M (Violence and infrequent coarse language) By John Mulderig THOSE super-sentient simians are back in “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. Though it’s not a film for kids, this latest addition to a franchise based on ... Read More »

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