Terrorists ransack Catholic church in Philippines, Duterte declares WAR

Islamic State-affiliated terrorists in the Philippines have ransacked a Catholic church and posted a video of their destruction. The video comes just days after they kidnapped 15 people, prompting President Duterte to declare war on their organization. Terrorists from the Philippine ISIS affiliate, Maute, have ransacked a Catholic church on the island of Mindanao and… Continue reading Terrorists ransack Catholic church in Philippines, Duterte declares WAR

Lenten Series: The Seven Deadly Sins

We admit that shadows lurk within our hearts. “I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” (Romans 7:18) Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Nobel prize winner and long-term prisoner of the Russian Gulag, said that “the battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” It’s… Continue reading Lenten Series: The Seven Deadly Sins

Cardinal Zen: I fear Vatican will sell out China’s underground Church

Cardinal Zen said the Pope was ‘naive’ in his pursuit of a deal with Beijing Cardinal Joseph Zen has accused the Vatican of betraying the underground Church in China by pursuing a deal with the government. In an interview with LifeSiteNews, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong said he has written “many letters” to Pope… Continue reading Cardinal Zen: I fear Vatican will sell out China’s underground Church

Australian bishop says he was abused by clergy as an adult

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… Continue reading Australian bishop says he was abused by clergy as an adult

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… Continue reading Cardinal Connell of Dublin dies at 90

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

'Church Denounces Anti-Semitism in All Its Forms,' Pope Tells Anti-Defamation League

‘I reaffirm that the Catholic Church feels particularly obliged to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies’ (Full Text) The Church denounces Anti-Semitism in all its forms, noting it is “completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person.” Pope Francis stressed this to a… Continue reading 'Church Denounces Anti-Semitism in All Its Forms,' Pope Tells Anti-Defamation League

PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

One of the major protagonists in the Vatican’s leaks scandal — communications consultant Francesca Chaouqui — is releasing a book which she describes as “a testament of truth”. In the Name of Peter hits Italian bookshops today, seven months after its author received a 10-month suspended sentence for conspiring to pass confidential documents onto two… Continue reading PR expert convicted in Vatileaks trial leaks more in new book

Pope Francis reveals the greatest strength of the Church

Pope Francis said Monday the strength of the Church does not reside primarily in grand gestures, but in the quiet faith of Christians in minority areas, who continue to practice even in the face of persecution and martyrdom. “We are pleased when we see a great ecclesial act, which has been a great success, the… Continue reading Pope Francis reveals the greatest strength of the Church

Man punches auxiliary bishop during Mass at US church

The Mass was being celebrated in honour of baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente An auxiliary bishop with the Archdiocese of Newark, in America, has been attacked during Mass. Essex County authorities say the attack occurred on Saturday at Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart during an event honouring baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.… Continue reading Man punches auxiliary bishop during Mass at US church

Pope Francis refers to Martin Luther to spread important message for the Church

Speaking to a delegation of pilgrims led by Lutheran Archbishop Kari Makinen of Turku, Pope Francis shared a special message, in which he quoted Martin Luther. According to the Catholic Herald, Pope Francis spoke of the his October visit to Sweden last year, which marked 5 centuries since the start of the Reformation. He said… Continue reading Pope Francis refers to Martin Luther to spread important message for the Church

Where are all the sainthood candidates coming from? One country finds more Causes opened than others

The Vatican has been overrun with an overwhelming number of sainthood Causes, with the majority of candidates being Italian. Cardinal Angelo Amato explained four of every open Cause is Italian and has been for the past decade. There were 351 dossiers documenting the holiness of sainthood candidates between 2006 and 2016, with 139 being Italian.… Continue reading Where are all the sainthood candidates coming from? One country finds more Causes opened than others

Coptic Christians refuse to give up – But who are they and what do they stand for?

Following the horrific attack on St. Mark’s Cathedral, many are hearing about Coptic Christians for the very first time. According to the Coptic Encyclopedia, the word copt is from the Greek “Aigyptos,” which was derived from “Hikaptah,” one of the names for the first capital of Ancient Egypt, “Memphis.” Today, “Coptic” is an adjective for… Continue reading Coptic Christians refuse to give up – But who are they and what do they stand for?

Terrorists responsible for St. Mark's Cathedral attack finally named

When St. Mark’s Cathedral was attacked, 25 people – primarily women and children – were killed. At least 25 people were killed and another 49 were injured in the explosion. The investigation continues but many witnesses reported a bomb was placed in the women’s seating section of the cathedral by a woman who then left… Continue reading Terrorists responsible for St. Mark's Cathedral attack finally named

Aleppo Monastery damaged in bombardment, but no injuries reported

A vigil Mass that was due to take place at the monastery had been moved to a different church Aleppo’s Jesuit monastery was hit on Sunday during the battle for control of the city, although nobody was reported injured in the explosion. A vigil Mass that was due to take place there had been moved… Continue reading Aleppo Monastery damaged in bombardment, but no injuries reported