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'Persecution is a Price Worth Paying': Chinese Church Resilient After Pastor, 100+ Members Detained
CBN - Christian World News 2018-12-10 @ 21:34
Many Australians Are Turning Away from God, but These 2 Churches Are Booming
CBN - Christian World News 2018-12-10 @ 20:44
The Most Wonderfully Painful Time of the Year
Christianity Today 2018-12-10 @ 18:00
Christmas reminds us that faith in the future does not erase our pain in the present. Several years ago, when my son Quinn was in kindergarten, he opened a present on Christmas morning, and he was...
There’s Nothing Sketchy About Cross-Gender Friendships in the Church
Christianity Today 2018-12-10 @ 17:00
Why we shouldn’t let the Billy Graham Rule—or the “Billy Crystal Rule”—define how men and women relate. Men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way....
The Top Bible Verses of 2018 Don’t Come from Jesus or Paul
Christianity Today 2018-12-10 @ 16:00
For the first time in recent years, YouVersion and Bible Gateway users searched for and shared verses from Old Testament prophets the most. Do not fear. It's a charge that extends back to the...
Technology, Politics, and Evangelicalism’s Good News
Christianity Today 2018-12-10 @ 15:00
Power, wealth, and political influence may not be the prize that the world needs to experience. In fact, it may be the problem. Many evangelicals instinctively believe that our culture's access to...
Milan's archbishop warns of Italian demographic crisis (Chiesa di Milano (Italian))
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 11:12
Each year, the archbishop of Milan delivers an address to the city on the feast of St. Ambrose. Archbishop Mario Delpini called on citizens to live reasonably, rather than cave in to emotions and...
Over 20 German prosecutors are investigating Church abuse scandal (CNS)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 10:12
"Authorities in Cologne, Passau and Gorlitz have publicly initiated criminal proceedings," according to the report. "A further 20 public prosecutors nationwide are currently examining evidence...
FBI engaged in wide-ranging probe of clergy sex abuse in Buffalo Diocese (Buffalo News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 10:12
"Federal authorities have fanned out across Western New York to learn more about a clergy abuse scandal that until now largely has been ignored by law enforcement," according to the report. One...
Adults are forgotten victims of sexual abuse by priests (Sydney Morning Herald)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 10:12
"Survivor advocates call these people the 'forgotten ones,'" one of Australia's leading newspapers reported. "Some are women—or men—who have been sexually assaulted by clerics from whom they've...
'Sources Chrétiennes' publishes 600th volume (Sources Chrétiennes (French))
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 10:12
Sources Chrétiennes is a series of texts of the Fathers of the Church, published in the original languages with a French translation. Three Jesuit priests—Fathers Jean Daniélou...
Vatican launches apostolic visitation of Chilean religious community (AP)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 10:12
Some current and former sisters of the Institute of the Good Samaritan allege that some sisters were removed from the community after they denounced abuse by priests.
The first block for rebuilding Syria
Mission Network News 2018-12-10 @ 10:00
Middle East (MNN) -- Education is vital for refugee children who have been affected by war and conflict, yet reports that more than 40 percent of school-aged Syrian refugee children in...
New opponent enters war against human trafficking in Nepal
Mission Network News 2018-12-10 @ 10:00
Nepal (MNN) -- Nepali police say they’ve rescued more than 7,000 people from human trafficking over the past five years. According to officials, 3,896 were under the age of 18. It’s only a drop...
Great Commission in sight: Last UUPGs adopted
Mission Network News 2018-12-10 @ 10:00
International (MNN) -- We’ve got a breaking update for you today from the mission field. As of last week, there were 343 people groups still unreached and unengaged with the Gospel. Finishing The...
Entrust yourself to God as Mary did, Pope says on feast of Immaculate Conception (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
On December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis delivered his Angelus address to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square (video).
Pope prays for Rome in traditional homage to Immaculate Mary (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
Following a custom that dates back several decades, Pope Francis left the Vatican on December 8 and traveled to the Piazza di Spagna in Rome, where he offered an act of veneration to the Blessed...
Ecumenical Patriarch calls for honest interreligious dialogue for the sake of peace (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches, made his remarks as he visited South Korea.
Ukrainian Catholic leader: for youth, the Church needs to be 'primarily a community, not an institution' (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
In a December 7 meeting, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, discussed the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment...
Remain firm in your faith in your homeland, Catholic patriarchs tell Middle East's Christians (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
The Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East recently gathered in Baghdad. Click here for the full French-language text of their joint statement.
19 martyrs beatified in Algeria; Pope hails them as 'great sign of brotherhood' for the world (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
Bishop Pierre Claverie of Oran and his 18 companions, including seven monks of Tibhirine, were martyred between 1994 and 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, prefect...
Moscow patriarch honors Russian Muslim leader (Moscow Patriarchate)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 09:12
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow honored Talgat Tadzhuddin, Russia's grand mufti from 1992 to 2015, with an ecclesiastical award typically conferred on prominent public figures. "The history of...
French bishops condemn violent protests (Conférence des évêques de France (French))
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 08:12
The "yellow vest" movement originally protested fuel tax increases but has grown into a more amorphous mass protest movement whose members have threatened to kill government employees and their...
Conversion is the way to wait for the Lord's coming, Pope tells pilgrims (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 08:12
On December 9, the Second Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis delivered his Sunday Angelus address to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square (video).
China reneges on its deals: the Vatican is learning that the hard way (The Atlantic)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 08:12
"The disappearance of a bishop is an object lesson in interacting with Beijing," writes Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, a journalist who has covered international affairs for Foreign Policy magazine and...
English, Welsh bishops call for 'ambitious action' on climate change (Catholic Church in England and Wales)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 08:12
The 24th UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) began on December 2 in Katowice, Poland. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's Secretary of State, spoke at the conference and said there was an "urgent...
Vatican explains reorganization of Vatican City State's government (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 08:12
The Holy See Press Office has released a note explaining Pope Francis's decision to reorganize the government of Vatican City State. The note was issued by the office of Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello...
Papal visit to United Arab Emirates is the culmination of decades of work by pioneering priests (The National (UAE))
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 07:12
Pope Francis will visit the Arabian Peninsula nation in February to take part in an interfaith meeting, the Vatican announced on December 6.
Myanmar persecutes Christians, too, reporter writes in op-ed (Wall Street Journal)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 07:12
Muslims aren't the only victims of the Buddhist-dominated Burmese military, writes Hollie McKay, a Fox News war, foreign affairs, and investigative reporter.
Nuns reportedly misappropriated $500,000 to feed gambling habit (CBS)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 05:12
After the Los Angeles archdiocese announced that it would not press legal charges against two women religious who had diverted a "substantial" sum of money from a local Catholic school, a CBS report...
Vatican establishes new office to work with charismatic renewal (National Catholic Register)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 05:12
The Catholic Charismatic Renewal International Service—CHARIS—was formally established by Pope Francis on December 8. Working within the new dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, the...
Lebanese bishops: country cannot support Syrian refugees (Fides)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 05:12
The Maronite Catholic bishops of Lebanon have said that their county "can no longer carry the weight" of supporting Syrian refugees. An estimated 1.5 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon—a...
Council of Cardinals meeting this week (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2018-12-10 @ 05:12
The Council of Cardinals is meeting in Rome this week, to continue its work on an overhaul of the Roman Curia. The group will meet on Monday through Wednesday, with Pope Francis expected to take part...
Rioting Engulfs Paris as Anger Grows Over High French Taxes
CBN - Christian World News 2018-12-08 @ 23:05
Battle of Wills: Tiny Order of French Nuns Takes on Vatican
CBN - Christian World News 2018-12-08 @ 21:31
What We Long for the Church to Do about Sexual Violence
Christianity Today 2018-12-07 @ 17:00
Four practical steps churches can take to eliminate sexual violence. In our first article we shared lessons taken from our work as mental health professionals with survivors of sexual violence. We...
Nicaragua: priest attacked in Managua's cathedral with sulfuric acid (Fides)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 11:12
A 24-year-old woman attacked the priest while he was hearing confessions. According to a Nicaraguan media report, the woman was a pro-abortion activist who said that the devil asked her to attack the...
Kenyan bishops recall Sodom and Gomorrah, lament sexual abuse, promiscuity (Fides)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 10:12
The East African nation of 47 million is 60% Protestant, 23% Catholic, and 11% Muslim. Pope Francis made an apostolic journey to Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic in 2015.
Vatican Secretary of State, at Mass, honors memory of Cardinal Tauran (La Croix)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 10:12
On December 5, Cardinal Pietro Parolin presided at a Mass at the French national church in Rome for the repose of the soul of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who died in July. Cardinal Parolin described...
The Lord is the rock on which to build our lives, Pope preaches at weekday Mass (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 10:12
On December 6, Pope Francis preached on Matthew 7:21, 24-27, the Gospel reading of the day.
Philippine president accuses leading bishop of drug abuse (Philippine Star)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 10:12
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, the vice president of the bishops' conference, responded, "No sir, I'm not into drugs of any sort, whether legal or illegal ... I only take vitamins with fruit shake....
'Abortion cannot be supported,' Irish bishops emphasize (Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 10:12
The Irish bishops concluded their winter meeting on December 6. In addition to issuing a statement on abortion, the bishops also discussed Brexit and youth ministry.
Vatican publishes collection of Pope's Latin-language tweets (L'Osservatore Romano (Italian edition, p. 7))
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 10:12
The Pope's Latin-language twitter account (@Pontifex_ln) has 898,000 followers. The Vatican Publishing House published Breviloquia Franciscae Papae in November; on December 7, L'Osservatore Romano...
With new Deaf Bible resources, Scripture engagement training needed
Mission Network News 2018-12-07 @ 10:00
USA (MNN) -- While hearing Christians have a multitude of text Bible studies and devotionals at their fingertips, Deaf believers don’t have as many sign language resources for Scripture engagement...
Indonesia releases “Heresy App” threatening minorities
Mission Network News 2018-12-07 @ 10:00
Indonesia (MNN) -- On Sunday, November 25th, the Indonesian government released the free app, “Smart Grip” (locally called “Smart Pakem”) in the Google Play store. Created by Jakarta’s High...
Wycliffe USA gift catalog highlights Scripture needs
Mission Network News 2018-12-07 @ 10:00
USA (MNN) -- Charity goes hand-in-hand with the holiday season. According to Charity Navigator, contributions given during the month of December represent 21.8% of all online giving. This year's #Givi...
Pope receives French documentary producer (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 09:12
French journalist Elizabeth Drévillon (French-language link) has produced documentaries on topics as diverse as child labor, Afghan women, Cambodia, the Iraq war, and pesticides.
Pope reorganizes government of Vatican City State (Holy See (Italian))
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 09:12
In an Italian-language motu proprio dated November 25 and released December 7, Pope Francis reorganized the government of the Vatican City State. "From the beginning of my ministry in the See of...
International Observatory on the Family, launched at Vatican press conference, to focus on family poverty (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 09:12
The International Observatory on the Family is an initiative of the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences, in collaboration with the Catholic University of...
Leading Canadian prelates meet with Pope (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2018-12-07 @ 09:12
The president, vice president, and general secretary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops are making an 11-day visit to the Vatican.
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