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Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Museum team up for first joint show

The focus of the exhibition, opening in May, will be the menorah The museums of the Vatican and Rome’s ancient Jewish community are hosting their first joint exhibit, building on decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations following centuries of mistrust. The focus of the exhibition opening in May will be the menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum described






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Australian bishop says he was abused by clergy as an adult

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Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen was speaking to Australia’s royal commission on institutional responses to sexual abuse The Bishop of Parramatta has said that as an adult he suffered sexual abuse by members of the clergy. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen made the admission at a royal commission hearing in Sydney. “I was also a






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Cardinal Connell of Dublin dies at 90

Cardinal Connell spent 16 years leading the Archdiocese of Dublin Irish Cardinal Desmond Connell, the retired archbishop of Dublin, died on February 21 at the age of 90. A philosopher and strong defender of traditional Catholic values, including regarding divorce, contraception and abortion, Cardinal Connell’s accomplishments during his 16 years as head of the Archdiocese






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Pope laments plight of child soldiers fighting in Congo

The Pope was speaking days after the UN voiced concern about deadly violence in the country Pope Francis has expressed dismay about clashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo he described as “violent and brutal.” In remarks to the faithful in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, Francis singled out for concern the “many children torn






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ISIS vows more attacks on Egypt’s Christians

In a video released on Monday, an ISIS affiliate group said Christians are their ‘favourite prey’ An ISIS affiliate group in Egypt released a video on Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country’s Christian. A narrator says






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Former mobster cleans up and becomes a preacher

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Tatsuya Shindo, a Japanese man covered in tattoos and missing the tip of his pinkie finger – a Japanese gang custom to show atonement for an offense or as a punishment for one – once lived for money. Today, he lives for God. Shindo joined the Japanese mafia, known as the yakuza, when he was






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Dying woman speaks to Virgin Mary in tragic true story

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A 60-year-old woman from Spain was caring for a relative stricken with cancer when suddenly she became extremely religious. She began to spend hours reciting scripture and, over a two-month period, made a complete turn-around in behavior. Friends and family claimed she had always been a happy woman but wasn’t particularly religious. They feared the






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Priest asks for prayers for thief who assaulted him

Fr Ed Mundwiller was attacked in his local neighbourhood of St Louis, Missouri For his silver jubilee as a priest almost a decade ago, Franciscan Fr Ed Mundwiller prayed for God to keep calling him beyond the boundaries of his own comfort zone, into places he never thought he would go. “The old ‘normal’ and






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