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Religious freedom violations 'manifold and unabated' in Pakistan, new report warns (Christian Solidarity Worldwide)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
In Pakistan, "violations include sectarian and targeted violence, blasphemy accusations, forced conversion and marriage, hate speech and biased education," according to the report. Islam is the...
4 members of Christian aid group go missing in Baghdad, probably abducted (AsiaNews)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
Founded in 2013, the organization, SOS Chrétiens d'Orient, is present in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.
Indian archbishop laments acquittal of 3,700 involved in 2008 anti-Christian massacres (AsiaNews)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
An estimated 100 Christians were murdered, and 50,000 fled their homes, during a 2008 anti-Christian pogrom in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (Orissa) (map).
Bishop offers Mass for former Auschwitz prisoners; Poland's president attends (Polish Bishops' Conference)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
The Mass took place on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Indonesian president invites Pope Francis to visit nation (UCANews)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
The Southeast Asian nation (map), the world's fourth most populous (265 million), has more Muslims than any other country. The nation is 80% Muslim and 12% Christian.
Leading Nigerian prelate calls for greater respect, acceptance between nation's Christians, Muslims (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Abuja (the nation's capital) made his remarks at an event organized by the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre, an organization founded by Austria, Saudi Arabia, and...
Pope, US bishops discuss polarization, migration, homosexuality (CNS)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 10:01
Pope Francis received the bishops of California, Nevada, and Hawaii on January 27. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said the Pope "made important distinctions between the (sexual...
Coronavirus sweeps across China
Mission Network News 2020-01-28 @ 10:00
China (MNN) — A coronavirus continues to spread through China and to other countries, presenting new challenges for Asian Access. The coronavirus first appeared in the city of Wuhan in China. Like...
Kenyan Christian teachers killed; Al-Shabab suspected
Mission Network News 2020-01-28 @ 10:00
Kenya (MNN) – Al-Shabab is believed to be behind the murder of three Christian school teachers in eastern Kenya. The attack took place in the early hours of January 13th and has rattled the...
Church closures continue in Algeria; here’s why it matters
Mission Network News 2020-01-28 @ 10:00
Algeria (MNN) -- Recently, Algeria’s government shut down yet another church. On January 20, officials ordered the closure of a church in Ain Turk. More details here. According to Middle East...
Philippine bishops issue pastoral message on natural disasters (CBCP News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
"There is nothing about God's anger or punishment or vengeance in all this," Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the bishops' conference, said in reaction to the Taal Volcano eruption. "This is...
Cardinal Sarah calls for end to 'sterile controversy' over celibacy book (National Catholic Register)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
"What breaks my heart and hurts me deeply is the brutality, irreverence, lack of consideration and indecency with which Benedict XVI was treated," said the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine...
Human trafficking becoming normal in Papua New Guinea, bishops warn (Fides)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
Christianity is the official religion of the western Pacific nation of 7.1 million (map). The nation is 64% Protestant and 31% Catholic, with 3% adhering to ethnic religions.
Event at UN focuses on Church's efforts to save lives during the Holocaust (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
The event, " Remembering the Holocaust: The Documented Efforts of the Catholic Church to Save Lives," was organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See and the Pave the Way Foundation.
US bishops' conference releases children's book on overcoming racism (USCCB)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
The book, Everyone Belongs, is published by Loyola Press.
Humanae Vitae was prophetic, Paris archbishop says in new book (Archdiocese of Paris (French))
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
Archbishop Michel Aupetit was installed as Archbishop of Paris in 2018. Pope St. Paul VI issued Humanae Vitae, his encyclical letter on the regulation of birth, in 1968.
Abortion clinics closing at an unprecedented rate (Human Defense Initiative)
Catholic World News 2020-01-28 @ 09:01
"In 2018, 40 independent clinics closed or no longer qualified as abortion facilities," according to the report. "Currently, there are six states with only one remaining surgical abortion center ...
Franklin Graham Event Canceled Because He Views Gay Marriage a 'Sin'
CBN - Christian World News 2020-01-28 @ 01:29
Kobe Bryant: Reflections on Fatherhood, Passion, and Immortality
Christianity Today 2020-01-27 @ 23:00
Three things about Kobe’s life and legacy ring true, and are informative—especially for believers.  Some moments embed themselves in your memory. Most people can remember where they were...
No Friend of Tax Collectors
Christianity Today 2020-01-27 @ 19:00
Churches are tax exempt for good reason. Anything else would be disastrous. In the cover story of Christianity Today's January/February issue, Paul Matzko makes a provocative argument that churches...
The Better Good News on Political Division
Christianity Today 2020-01-27 @ 19:00
The “extreme middle” is shaped like a cross. My engagement with the impeachment imbroglio playing out in the hallowed chamber of the US Senate has been mostly after the fact. I watch daily news...
What Does ‘Evangelical’ Mean?
Christianity Today 2020-01-27 @ 18:00
CT discusses key distinctives of evangelical belief, identity, and spirituality. What does it mean to be evangelical? The term, without a doubt, is widely misunderstood and frequently misrepresented....
The Era of Sin Management
Christianity Today 2020-01-27 @ 16:00
Kingdom Character: How to be Faithful to the End (Part 2 of 3) A common sentiment in contemporary thought approaches character in a siloed and compartmentalized manner. A public figure badly...
'We are not making an impact,' leading South African prelate says (SACBC)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
Launching a new pastoral plan ("Evangelizing Community, Serving God, Humanity and all Creation"), Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, president of the bishops' conference, spoke of "the realization by the...
Cardinal Re elected new Dean of College of Cardinals (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, 85, was Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops from 2000 to 2010; he succeeds Cardinal Angelo Sodano. The dean, considered first among equals in the College of...
Iraq's president meets with Pope (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
"The parties focused on the challenges the country currently faces and on the importance of promoting stability and the reconstruction process, encouraging the path of dialogue and the search for...
Unity, salvation, hospitality: Pope concludes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
On January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, Pope Francis celebrated Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls (video, booklet). "They showed us unusual kindness"...
Protect and promote Christian couples, Pope says in address to Roman Rota (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
The Apostolic Tribunal of the Roman Rota is the Church's highest appellate canonical court.
In video message, Pope recalls Brazilian dam disaster (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
270 people were killed in the January 2019 Brumadinho dam disaster.
'Life becomes history' is theme of Pope's Message for World Day of Social Communications (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
The Pope's annual message is traditionally released on January 24, the memorial of St. Francis de Sales (patron of journalists); in 2020, the day will be celebrated on May 24. Pope Francis writes, "I...
8 sainthood causes advance (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 10:01
Pope Francis approved decrees on the causes of the martyrdoms of 3 Capuchin Franciscans (Spain, 1936) and 10 priests and lay faithful slain in Guatemala (1980-1991), paving the way for their...
Mission teams begin again after cancellations in Lebanon
Mission Network News 2020-01-27 @ 10:00
Lebanon (MNN) -- Until recently, protests in Lebanon caused a pause in mission work. While protests were mainly peaceful, local mission organizations saw many teams cancel their trips. Pierre...
Lebanon faces a difficult future
Mission Network News 2020-01-27 @ 10:00
Lebanon (MNN) – Last week, Lebanon formed a new government. That's good news. Since October, the volume with which people voiced their anger over the economic crisis only increased. Although mostly...
New online tool connects leaders of Deaf accessible churches
Mission Network News 2020-01-27 @ 10:00
USA (MNN) -- Deaf Bible Society’s new online tool, Deaf Church Where, maps where people can find Deaf accessible churches. Ryan Sims, Deaf Church Where Project Coordinator with Deaf Bible Society...
'Let us make room inside ourselves for the Word of God,' Pope preaches during new commemoration (Vatican Press Office)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 09:01
In 2019, Pope Francis issued Aperuit illis, an apostolic letter instituting the annual Sunday of the Word of God, which takes place on the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. On January 26, Pope Francis...
Uruguayan priest named Pope's personal secretary (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 09:01
Father Gonzalo Aemilius, 40, was ordained in 2006 and is known for his work with street children. He succeeds Msgr. Fabian Pedacchio, an Argentine priest.
Pope prays for those affected by coronavirus (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 09:01
"I wish to be close to and pray for the people who are sick because of the virus that has spread through China," Pope Francis said on January 26 in reference to the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. "May...
Pope calls for remembrance and prayer on Auschwitz liberation anniversary (Vatican News)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 09:01
"Tomorrow we are all invited to set aside a moment of prayer and recollection, saying in our hearts: never again," the Pope said on January 26, the day before the anniversary of the liberation of...
Open your hearts and minds to receive Jesus' good news, Pope tells pilgrims (Zenit)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 09:01
In his January 26 Angelus address (video), Pope Francis reflected on Matthew 4:12-23, the Gospel of the day.
Prince Charles meets with Holy Land Christian leaders in Bethlehem (Custody of the Holy Land)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 09:01
"You are the 'living stones' to which St. Peter first referred," the Prince of Wales said during his speech. "And I need hardly say that it would be the greatest tragedy if those 'living stones' were...
Sex-selection abortion rising in US? (Institute for Family Studies)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 08:01
New statistics indicate that among first-generation American immigrants from some Asian countries, the proportion of boys among newborn infants is remarkably high. The data suggest that the...
Indian bishop seeks dismissal of rape charges (AsiaNews)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 08:01
Bishop Franco Mulakkal has asked an Indian court to dismiss rape charges against him. The bishop—who has denied the charge, but stepped down from his leadership post in the Jalandhar diocese...
Covington Catholic students' bus involved in crash after March for Life (Citizen Free Press)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 08:01
A bus carrying students from Covington Catholic high school home from the March for Life was involved in a fatal accident. A car—apparently traveling on the wrong side of the road—crashe...
Cardinal Cupich rejects partisan politics, touts 'consistent ethic' (Crux)
Catholic World News 2020-01-27 @ 08:01
Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich has warned against involving the Catholic Church in partisan politics. Speaking in the wake of the March for Life, he called for "an integrated and consistent approach...
A Gift to the Church: International Students at Our Doorstep
Christianity Today 2020-01-25 @ 16:00
God’s gift to us is the opportunity to touch the nations and be touched by them in a very warm, close, and personal way. It was an unusual opportunity. A new role, just ten hours a week, had been...
Why Consider a Formal Education for Ministry?
Christianity Today 2020-01-25 @ 04:00
An intentional degree is one in which people who have gone before you have thought deeply on it and created a curriculum to give you greater direction. I write often about movements that are lay led...
Survey: London Leads the UK in Prayer
Christianity Today 2020-01-25 @ 03:00
But few Brits pray for Brexit or #PrayFor hashtag campaigns. The Bible repeatedly instructs on the value of regular prayer. "Pray continually," Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Pray "in every...
Operation Blessing Medical Teams Meeting Needs, Leading Taal Volcano Evacuees to Christ
CBN - Christian World News 2020-01-24 @ 18:45
In Iran, Christian convert receives 3-year prison sentence (Middle East Concern)
Catholic World News 2020-01-24 @ 10:01
Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 65, was convicted on the charge of "insulting Islamic sacred beliefs."
Church in Poland marks 'Islam Day' (SIR)
Catholic World News 2020-01-24 @ 10:01
"Islam is one of the main fears Polish Catholics have", said Karol Wilczyński, member of the Council for Dialogue of the Archdiocese of Krakow, who hopes that the day will help "overcome prejudice...
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