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

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

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’

The Myth that Religion Causes War

Religion and War CHALLENGE “Religion is inherently violent, producing countless wars.” DEFENSE This claim does not withstand scrutiny. War is not unique to humanity. Other species—including ants, bees, and chimpanzees—wage war, understood as the organized, collective use of lethal violence against external enemies (such as for control of territory). Yet these species do not have… Continue reading The Myth that Religion Causes War

A powerful king, a fleet of royal ships, and – pottery? Take a look into one of the most powerful pharaoh's tombs

Archaeologists are hard at work to uncover the secrets of ancient tombs across Egypt – but what they just discovered may have great implications. A 3,800-year-old tomb in Egypt is still spilling secrets as over 120 images adorning millenniums-old buildings near the tomb of pharaoh Senusret II have been discovered. The ancient carvings depict Egyptian… Continue reading A powerful king, a fleet of royal ships, and – pottery? Take a look into one of the most powerful pharaoh's tombs

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

Pope Francis claims war is the result of 'arrogant' abuse of power

In a passionate speech on Thursday, Pope Francis condemned as arrogant the mentality of revenge and the abuses of power that lead to violent conflicts. “Violence begets violence, and we have the impression of being caught up in a spiral of arrogance and inertia from which there is no escape,” the Pope told members of… Continue reading Pope Francis claims war is the result of 'arrogant' abuse of power

‘Violence is the work of the Devil,’ says Pope on world day of prayer for peace

The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi Humanity should feel ashamed it can wage war, kill the innocent, bomb cities and prevent food and medicine from reaching survivors, Pope Francis said today during his morning homily. Violence and division are the work of the devil who “wants to kill… Continue reading ‘Violence is the work of the Devil,’ says Pope on world day of prayer for peace

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

Quotes by Mother Teresa on love, peace and poverty “It is not for us to destroy what God has given us. Please, please let your mind and your will become the mind and the will of God. You have the power to bring war into the world or to build peace. Please choose the way… Continue reading 10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

The international community must protect the dignity of migrants, says Vatican official

Fr Gabriele Bentoglio spoke at the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul last week The international community must help protect the human rights and dignity of migrants regardless of their legal status, said a Vatican official. “The dignity of the human person always takes precedence over partisan interests and economic considerations” regardless… Continue reading The international community must protect the dignity of migrants, says Vatican official

Ukrainian Catholic leader demands more help from the Vatican

‘The time for cautious diplomacy is at an end,’ Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has said The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has urged the Vatican to show greater support for his country, as a senior Vatican diplomat warned the country risked becoming “a kind of Somalia.” “I would have expected a lot more involvement by… Continue reading Ukrainian Catholic leader demands more help from the Vatican