A new pastoral letter from the Latin American Episcopal Council (CELAM), entitled “Missionary Disciples, custodians of the common home”.
The work we are doing as Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Lay Missionaries in the concrete situation of migration is essentially accomplished by networking with associations, organisations and movements, both ecclesial and social, involved in this area in recognising and defending the rights of immigrants and refugees.
According to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, an upsurge of violence in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is set to cause a “humanitarian disaster of extraordinary proportions”.
Huge taxes, land expropriated: Archbishop Welby, Cardinal Nichols denounce Israeli ‘threats’ to Christian community
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Catholic archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, have expressed their deep concern to the Israeli government over threats to church lands which caused the closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
South Sudanese Bishop, Paride Taban, will receive the Freedom of Worship Award, one of the Four Freedoms Awards presented every other year in Middelburg, the Netherlands. This year’s awards will be presented in Middelburg on the 16th May.
Empires have always tried to use work to black out the dreams of freedom, gratuitousness and celebration in the souls of the workers. Exactly for it being the number one friend of man, work lends itself to be manipulated and used against workers
«Eritrea is the country with less freedom in the world ». These words come not from someone who opposes president Isayas Afeworki or from the hated government of Ethiopia, instead they come from an official United Nations paper.
Factories, offices, classrooms, fields and houses can be and are the site of the fundamental type of meetings in life, even of theophanies. The decisive events reach us in the places of our ordinary life, that is, while we are at work (work is also important because of this).
“Assuming responsibility for an ‘Integral Ecology’ in our lives poses challenges for us, both as individuals and as an institutional Church, and it also implies the adoption of coherent behaviours”, said Álvaro Ramazzini, Bishop of the diocese of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
The first prayer that we find in the Bible is a cry, a cry that rises into the sky by an oppressed people. To have an experience of liberation one must first feel the need to be liberated, and then cry, believing or hoping that there, or up there, is someone to pick up the cry
In this Lenten season let us meditate on the book of Exodus. Lent invites us to follow Jesus in the desert, led by the Spirit: ” I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart” (Hosea 2:16)
The Christians of Congo are writing a new page in the history of African Christianity. They refuse to be an accomplice of politics breaking the silence. A Christianity that claims to be prophetic, while remaining for the poor and with the poor.
“Deep concern for the continuous episodes of senseless violence in the country, especially those that target minorities”, and also “for the weak response of law enforcement agencies and institutions”
In the last months, Togo has been shaken by strong popular protests that claim a limitation on the number of presidential mandates. Women are at the forefront of the popular protest against the power of President Faure Gnassingbe.
“Here in Bangladesh the factors which drive Jihadist recruitment and mobilisation are multiple. The processes of Islamist radicalisation have historical roots which must be taken into consideration and which exceed the connection poverty-extremism
The United Nations has designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development” to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks.
The Belvedere Palace, which dates back to 1484 and houses precious art of the Vatican Museums, is currently being re-painted with milk. It’s an ancient recipe that has proven more lasting than any modern synthetic paints: “We’re not nostalgic for the past,” said the Vatican’s chief architect, Vitale Zanchettin.
Textbooks Disparage Sufi, Shia; Label Jews, Christians ‘Unbelievers’ (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s school religious studies curriculum contains hateful and incendiary language toward religions and Islamic traditions that do not adhere … Continua a leggere
Australians have ‘lost trust completely’ in the Church, says member of Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors. In the days after the Commissioner’s address, General Synod approved rules to … Continua a leggere
Churches, convents, schools, priests and bishops are under threat by violent youth groups and by militias – all protected by powerful people. In the capital Kinshasa there are groups of … Continua a leggere
In a dramatic appeal on August 5, Bishop Melchisédech Sikuli Paluku of Butembo in eastern Congo called on Catholic youth to protect the lives and physical safety of their priests, two of whom were kidnapped at gunpoint in July. It’s a largely lawless region where power belongs to whichever faction is heavily armed enough to grab it, and Catholic personnel are often at special risk.
Dr. George Valliant devoted his entire professional life to studying the developmental progression of Harvard graduates. This study, known as the Grant Study, is perhaps one of the most comprehensive, longitudinal overviews of human development. Valliant’s findings of how these graduates aged offer us deeper understanding of what it means to be ageless
Cairo – Egypt has announced the discovery of a rare manuscript dating back to the fifth or sixth century at the Saint Catherine Monastery in southern Sinai. Minister of Antiquities … Continua a leggere
Each year, around May, the Gonjas people of Ghana’s Northern Region celebrate the Damba festival, where Islam and indigenous customs come together. Three days of events and celebrations. To remember the past but also to discuss currents issues.
The cultures and very survival of indigenous peoples in Africa are seriously threatened. They are ignored, neglected and fall victims of land grabbing and land dispossession, which is caused by extractive industries, agribusiness and other forms of business operations.
Nowhere do cities expand faster than in Asia and Africa. However, to develop them in a more sustainable and socially acceptable way, will be one of the greatest challenges for the implementation of the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs).
According to United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), there is “a high correlation between the levels of exports of natural resources and the levels of inequality”. The more a country depends on its natural resource exports, the more it will be vulnerable to illegal financial flows and price volatility.
JUDGING by the media coverage of South Sudan, it is the country closest to hell on earth. Riven by civil war, and affected by horrific killings, rape, and now famine, it is the most dangerous place in the world to be a humanitarian. More than 80 aid workers, mostly nationals, have been killed there since the latest bout of fighting broke out in late 2013
JAKARTA: A Muslim former government minister took a strong lead on Wednesday over Jakarta’s Christian incumbent governor in a divisive run-off election that has stoked religious tensions in Muslim-majority Indonesia.
YEI (13 Mar.) An Episcopal priest was found dead on the outskirts of Yei town along the Juba-Mukaya road in Yei River State on Friday, a religious leader said. Rev. … Continua a leggere
New Delhi: Vanitha (woman), the largest circulated magazine in India, has selected a Catholic nun for its prestigious Woman of the Year Award. Sr Sudha Varghese has so far helped some 2,250 girls to graduate from high school or skill training centers.
The word “jade” communicates a sense of mystery. In Chinese, jade refers to a fine, beautiful stone with a warm colour and rich luster, that is skilfully and delicately carved. In Chinese culture, jade symbolises nobility, perfection, constancy, and immortality.
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Grassroots popular movement leaders from across the United States, along with our brothers and sisters from 12 countries met for the First U.S. Regional Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto California, February 16-19, 2017
Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people at the Saydnaya prison near Damascus were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged
The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on Wednesday participated in a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The Holy See’s chief diplomat said Pope Francis has given three goals for Vatican diplomacy: To fight poverty, to build bridges, and to achieve peace in concrete situations.
Although the refrain against migrants is always the same: “Given that I am not a racist …”, in Western societies racism is coming out of the closet and is likely to be legitimized as an opinion. According to psychiatrist Vittorino Andreoli we are living “against a backdrop of disastrous civilization”, Italy and the Western world are “regressing to instinctive” impulses, to the dominion of “the enemy culture”
A surprising encounter took place between the pope, who holds that God’s mercy is infinite, and a scientist who rejects the existence of God due to the infinity of the Universe.
Among the thousands of “ordinary inmates” whom Ankara released to make room for “supporters of coup leaders”, is Oguzhan Aydin, the young man who killed an Italian priest in Trabzon on 5 February 2006
JUBA: South Sudan said on Wednesday it opposed a proposal to station extra foreign troops in the country under U.N. command, something the United States, Western nations and regional countries want in order to prevent a slide back into civil war.
Apostasy and blasphemy may seem to many like artifacts of history. But in dozens of countries around the world, laws against apostasy and blasphemy remain on the books and often are enforced.
Residents of Hangzhou told they could be banned from holding religious gatherings while world leaders attend summit.
Chinese authorities have reportedly ordered the closure of churches in the eastern city hosting the G20 summit later this year to “create a safe environment” for world leaders when they meet.
Recent killings in Paris as well as the arrival of hundreds of thousands of mostly Muslim refugees in Europe have drawn renewed attention to the continent’s Muslim population. In many European countries, including France, Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, concerns about growing Muslim communities have led to calls for restrictions on immigration. But just how large is Europe’s Muslim population, and how fast is it growing?
Sharia “invented” by Ulemas and taught in Islamic schools is the same law practiced by the Islamic State militants. The “religious jurisprudence, founded more than 10 centuries ago,” has “chained and rusted our brain and that of our children.” It is urgent to modernize the Muslim religion and free it from the ambiguities linked to the past. The courageous appeal of a young Algerian Muslim student.
Written in Ge’ez an ancient dead language of Ethiopia, it’s nearly 800 years older than the King James Version and contains 81-88 books compared to 66. It includes the Book of Enoch, Esdras, Buruch and all 3 Books of Maccabee…
The incredible relic has been kept ever since in the Garima Monastery near Adwa in the north of the country, which is in the Tigray region at 7,000 feet.
Experts believe it is also the earliest example of book binding still attached to the original pages.
The survival of the Gospels is incredible considering the country has been under Muslim invasion, Italian invasion and a fire in the 1930s destroyed the monastery’s church.
A visit to Lahore’s “Joseph Colony”, a degraded slum where Christians are forced to live amid indifference and discrimination.
“Joseph Colony” was an easy target when, in March 2013, a crowd of Muslims set it alight, enacting a “mass punishment” of Christians. Very few were brave enough to protest against this parody of justice.
Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Peace prize winner, dies aged 87
‘This is what we must do: not to sleep well when people suffer anywhere in the world, not to sleep well when someone is persecuted, not to sleep well when people are hungry all over here or there, not to sleep well when there are people sick and nobody is there to help them, not to sleep well when anyone somewhere needs you.’
At its regular meeting from 8 to 10 June in Brussels, the CEC Governing Board approved an open letter addressed to its membership and partner organisations on the current situation in Europe, where we are facing an increasing number of challenges.
How to stop ISIS? We must stop buying its cheap oil and stop selling them weapons. Bishop Maroun Elias Nimeh Lahham, former Archbishop of Tunis and now Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, is in Rovigo to participate in a panel discussion on mercy during the Biblical Festival. In this interview with Vatican Insider, he tells of the drama of the refugees in Jordan, who have doubled the population of the country. And he explains why “exporting democracy” is a failed idea.
The nearly unanimous conclusion of people following the situation of religious freedom around the world is that matters have been getting worse, not better.
It is difficult to imagine how the Middle East will be in a decade. Nevertheless, it is possible to identify elements and dynamics that will shape future scenarios. What should be highlighted is how the Middle East is witnessing a deep theoretical and practical crisis of the Nation-State as a sovereign political entity as well as a set of institutions.
The Transitional Government of National Unity will be the first test for our politicians and the South Sudanese in General to see that we can exist and work together for the common good of our country. Since TGONU has been established out of different political spectrums that has seen a well represented participation of different segments of the SPLM party as well as other political parties, it’s another chance for us South Sudanese to renew our image in the eyes of God and the International Community that we can unite and work together for peace and development of our nation.
Up to 40,000 Christian and other non-Muslim refugees, currently residing in migrant centers in Germany, are being discriminated against and harassed by other asylum seekers, and even guards because of their religion, human rights groups have said.
Christian refugee Fadi S. from Syria, who took part in the conference, said when he arrived in a German refugees camp, he was “shocked” to encounter Muslim fundamentalists from whom he had actually fled.