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Ugandan bishops ask Catholics to prepare spiritually for the Pope’s visit

Faithful urged to do penance and undertake charity for the poor The Ugandan bishops have called on Catholics to prepare spiritually for Pope Francis’s Novemb…

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Bishop dedicates memorial to deported immigrants

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May my girlfriend and I be intimate with one another before marriage?

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Benedict XVI: Pope Francis for his focus on mercy at unprecedented Vatican ceremony

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I don't see why Mary had to be sinless to pass on a sinless human nature to Christ.

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11 Feb 2016 Articles No comments

Visible Reminders of Invisible Light

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03 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

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2 Christians arrested in Laos for spreading faith

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21 Sep 2014 USA No comments

Pope Francis' Address at Celebration of Vespers at the Cathedral of St. Paul

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's words at the celebration of Vespers in the Cathedral of St. Paul this evening in Albania. The Pope departed from hi…

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The Crucifixion of Kidnapped Fr. Tom by ISIS on Good Friday analyzed

Last week rumors spread through lots of media on the internet stating that the kidnapped Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified by the ISIS terrorist group on Good Friday. And this made serious wave causing panic and rise of temper in the hearts of many Christians (Especially Catholics).

The report of Fr. Tom’s crucifixion is approved to be like false and irresponsible by Bishop Paul Hinder of Southern Arabia (a region in Saudi Arabia, the country just north of Yemen where Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped).

The likely false report was ignited on the basis of the statement an Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna allegedly made during Easter vigil services. But Cardinal Schönborn issued the statement based on a wrong information he was feed during the Good Friday ceremony. He has subsequently issued a correction, saying that he has no knowledge of Father Uzhunnalil’s fate.

“Cardinal Schönborn has already corrected his statement which he had made on the basis of the wrong statement of Archbishop Moras in Bangalore. Certain media in India are too nervous and curious and not aware that they are playing with the life of Fr. Tom. I cannot say more for the reason I gave in my first sentence (to protect the life of Fr. Tom),” Bishop Hinder told CNA.

“We have absolutely no information” on Fr. Uzhunnalil, said Father Mathew Valarkot, spokesman for the Salesians’ Bangalore province to which the kidnapped priest belongs.

Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar for Yemen, has said that there are “strong indications that Father Tom is still alive and in the hands of the kidnappers.” He declined to provide further details.


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