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Terror escalates for Syria’s Christians

Displaced Syrian girl

FEARS are growing for the safety of more than 100 people taken captive on Tuesday (February 24) as the extremist group Islamic State seized Christian villages in Hassake governorate, north-east Syria. Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who works in support of persecuted Christians in the region, received a telephone update on the situation from a contact in Hassake city about midnight on Tuesday. Fr Youkhana relayed ... Read More »

Despite death threats, Bishop of Tripoli refuses to flee Libya

Bishop Giovanni Martinelli

DESPITE the Italian Government warning its citizens to leave Libya as violence escalates, the apostolic vicar of Tripoli says he would rather face martyrdom or risk being beheaded by Islamic extremists than abandon his community. In a telephone interview with Italy’s Corriere della Sera, Bishop Giovanni Martinelli vowed to stay in Tripoli, despite warnings from Rome to leave Libya. “My ... Read More »

Being good without God

By Fr John Flynn LC IN an essay published in December Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens, a renowned atheist, reflected on the importance of religion. In his essay, published on December 3 on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Mr Hitchens acknowledged that atheists can arrive at some moral principles, such as the Golden Rule, or ... Read More »

Patriarchs plead on behalf of flock

THE patriarchs of the Middle East met recently to discuss the situations facing Christians in the region, particularly those who have been displaced due to conflict. Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai presided over the meeting which was held on January 27. It concluded with a statement in which the patriarchs urged the international community to help meet the needs of those ... Read More »

Research reveals heroic actions of bishops in Poland during war

ALMOST all Catholic diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland risked their lives helping Jewish people at the time of the Holocaust, according to the newest research. In 1939 in Poland, there were 21 Roman Catholic dioceses. Eight remained without diocesan bishops, who were murdered or exiled. Eleven out of 13 diocesan bishops/administrators in Poland who remained in their dioceses were helping Jewish ... Read More »

What Leo XIII can tell us

By Fr John Flynn LC CATHOLIC social teaching can often be misinterpreted and therefore we need to return to its first principles, Anthony Esolen, author of a recent book on the subject, says. Reclaiming Catholic Social Teaching: A Defence of the Church’s True Teachings on Marriage, Family and the State, addresses fundamental issues such as God, human nature and society. ... Read More »

Does religion have a ‘smart-people’ issue?

This is a reflection by Father Robert Barron, founder of the global ministry Word on Fire, and the rector-president of Mundelein Seminary, USA. He is the creator of the award-winning documentary series, Catholicism: The New Evangelisation. DANIEL Dennett, one of the “four horsemen” of contemporary atheism, proposed in 2003 that those who espouse a naturalist, atheist worldview should call themselves “the brights”, thereby distinguishing ... Read More »

Radicals kill 2000

ARCHBISHOP Ignatius Kaigama of Jos has called on the international community to act swiftly against the radical Islamist group Boko Haram in Nigeria. His call for action comes on the heels of another attack by the terrorist group in Baga, killing an estimated 2000 people. A statement released by Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International Daniel Eyre said the attack on ... Read More »

Pope Francis sends Christmas message to Italian prisoners

POPE Francis has written a letter to prisoners at a correctional facility in the Italian district of Latina, assuring them of his spiritual closeness and his prayers during the Christmas season. In his letter, addressed to the chaplain Don Nicola Cupaiolo, Pope Francis said that he hoped the time spent in the facility would not be seen as “time lost,” ... Read More »

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