The Twelve Articles of Catholic Faith

If you want to know the basics of the Catholic faith, look no further than the articles of Catholic faith. This list of twelve articles mirrors the Apostles’ Creed, a prayer that sets out Catholic tenets: Article 1: I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. This affirms that God exists, that he’s a Triune God (one… Continue reading The Twelve Articles of Catholic Faith

Vatican releases itinerary for papal trip to Egypt

Francis will speak at the al-Azhar University during his visit to Egypt on April 28-29 Pope Francis will meet with the leader of one of the world’s leading Sunni Muslim institutions, the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church and representatives of the Catholic Church on a two-day trip to Cairo. The Pope is scheduled to… Continue reading Vatican releases itinerary for papal trip to Egypt

Arsonists attempt to set fire to cathedral in Nepal’s capital

‘The local Christian community is now living under threat,’ says priest Arsonists attempted to set fire to Assumption Cathedral, the first public Catholic worship place in Hindu-majority Nepal. Ucanews.com reported that Fr Ignatius Rai, pastor of the cathedral parish, said the incident occurred around 3am, April 18, when “unknown persons” broke into the church premises.… Continue reading Arsonists attempt to set fire to cathedral in Nepal’s capital

Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

ISIS claims responsibility for the latest attacks on the country’s Christian minority that have left at least 43 people dead and more than 100 injured Bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100 in an assault… Continue reading Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

How an Anglican explained where Catholic parishes are going wrong

An email from an Anglican gave me pause for thought About six years ago I wrote an article entitled, Why do Catholics become Anglicans?. It recently drew this response from a Canadian reader, sent by email, which I think is interesting, and which I pass on with permission: “I have recently come across your story… Continue reading How an Anglican explained where Catholic parishes are going wrong

Pope Francis sending bishop to Medjugorje

Vatican says Bishop Henryk Hoser will not be deciding on the merits of reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary Pope Francis is sending a bishop to a Medjugorje, Bosnia, shrine to gain “deeper knowledge” of the pastoral needs of millions of Catholics drawn there by reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Vatican spokesman Greg… Continue reading Pope Francis sending bishop to Medjugorje

Egypt's Christians grieve fallen believers but hold tight to faith in the Lord

Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, Egypt, commenting on the Dec. 11, 2016 suicide bomber attack that killed 26 people and wounded scores at an Orthodox church in Cairo, confirms that the country’s Christian community fears further violence and terror. But in a Dec. 22, 2016 interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the… Continue reading Egypt's Christians grieve fallen believers but hold tight to faith in the Lord

First beheaded, now targeted for their organs, Christian persecution intensifying – Why are Christians the target of organ harvesting?

Human rights groups are speaking out against China’s use of the forced organ harvesting of religious minorities in prison, many of whom are Christians. Canadian attorneys David Matas and David Kilgour recently reported there have been between 60,000 and 100,0000 organ transplants in China, many of which were the result of forced harvesting performed on… Continue reading First beheaded, now targeted for their organs, Christian persecution intensifying – Why are Christians the target of organ harvesting?

Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month The Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns” during a recent visit to northern Iraq. Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan wrote in an email to Catholic News Service that there was little… Continue reading Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

Cardinal Nichols visits Gaza’s Christians

‘Their numbers are small, but their faith is strong,’ the cardinal said Cardinal Vincent Nichols visited the Gaza Strip on Sunday to offer support to the territory’s tiny Christian minority. The Archbishop of Westminster praised Gaza’s Christians, whose numbers have dwindled during a decade of Hamas rule and an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. “There has always been… Continue reading Cardinal Nichols visits Gaza’s Christians

Iraqi Christians determined to return to their homes, says archbishop

Archbishop Bashar Warda said 100,000 people have begun preparations to return to ancient towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain Displaced Iraqi Christians are determined to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIS, according to the bishop who has led the relief effort during their period of exile. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil… Continue reading Iraqi Christians determined to return to their homes, says archbishop

Pope Francis in Sweden for ‘important ecumenical event’

Francis visited the King and Queen of Sweden ahead of prayer service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Pope Francis is marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by attending a historic prayer service alongside Sweden’s Lutheran bishops. Francis arrived to applause, hymns and tolling bells at the Lund Cathedral for the start of the… Continue reading Pope Francis in Sweden for ‘important ecumenical event’

Closing the door on refugees is not the answer, says Pope

The Pope urged the Church to welcome migrants at his general audience yesterday Closing doors to immigrants and refugees is not the answer – in fact, it only helps encourage the crime of human trafficking, Pope Francis said. “The only way for resolution is through solidarity,” where everyone pitches in because “all together we are… Continue reading Closing the door on refugees is not the answer, says Pope

12 killed as Islamist gunmen target Christians in Kenya shooting

Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bishaaro Guest House Islamic extremist gunmen from neighbouring Somalia killed 12 people in an attack on non-Muslims in Kenya’s northern Mandera County, an official said on Tuesday. Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the early-morning attack on the Bishaaro Guest House, saying its fighters targeted Christians,… Continue reading 12 killed as Islamist gunmen target Christians in Kenya shooting

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the ISIS-held city of Mosul. Special forces Maj Gen Haider Fadhil says the residents of Tob Zawa and other nearby villages have been taken… Continue reading Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

12 dead in latest Mandera shooting – Christians targeted in attack

Islamic extremists opened fire in Kenya’s northern Mandera County on Tuesday, killing twelve people. Somalia’s al-Shebab rebels claimed responsibility for the shooting, which occurred on the Bishaaro Guest House. Andalus, the terrorist’s radio station, reported the attack was meant to target Christians. Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander, said the group made their way into Bishaaro… Continue reading 12 dead in latest Mandera shooting – Christians targeted in attack

Crucified and beheaded – Christians slaughtered for refusing Islam

Eleven missionaries, including a 12-year-old boy, were slaughtered outside Aleppo, Syria. According to Breitbart, the murders occurred on August 28 when the Christians refused to convert to Islam. The Gospel Herald reported they died while reciting the Lord’s Prayer. Humanitarian group Christian Aid Mission spoke to relatives and witnesses who explained ISIS was responsible for… Continue reading Crucified and beheaded – Christians slaughtered for refusing Islam

Full text: Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

The Pope and Archbishop Justin Welby signed the declaration at a Vespers service in Rome Pope Francis joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in calling for Christian unity during a Vespers service on Wednesday at Rome’s church of St Gregory. They the following joint declaration… Fifty years ago our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey met in… Continue reading Full text: Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury

Has the world forgotten about the Christian genocide in the Middle East?

It may be the tragedy of the 21st century, and it’s still ongoing, but most of the world seems to have forgotten. Two years ago, there was a massive outpouring of support for Christians in Syria and Iraq. Today, there’s no more mention of them. What happened? A very real and terrible genocide is taking… Continue reading Has the world forgotten about the Christian genocide in the Middle East?

The Holy Father: Distracted Christians become ‘spiritual mummies’

Christians distracted from the path set out by Jesus can turn into decrepit “spiritual mummies,” Pope Francis has said in a homily. Spiritual mummies stray from the path of Christian life by choosing to stand still “not doing evil, but not doing good” either, the pope said in his homily during Mass in the Domus… Continue reading The Holy Father: Distracted Christians become ‘spiritual mummies’