Jerusalem’s Churches: “Esplanade blitzes must stop”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/08/2014 - 11:58

Leaders of Christian Churches in Jerusalem are watching with great concern as the events currently taking place in the Esplanade of the Mosques unfold. And they are calling all parties to respect the status quo, the understanding reached back in the days of the Ottoman Empire, which regulates relations between the various religious groups present in the area and protects the Holy Sites of all religions within the city.

"International community has to intervene after Christians are burnt alive"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 23:35

The President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue speaks to Vatican Radio about the barbaric killing in Pakistan: “How can one stand by and watch when crimes religion declares to be legitimate are committed?”“I am shocked by the immense barbarity of this act…” This was how Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, reacted to the news about the brutal killing of two young Christian married couples, parents of four.

Francis: When Christians become a source of scandal, people choose atheism

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 16:52

Today’s General Audience was dedicated to the Church as a “visible reality”: We are all sinners and it is right that this should provoke displeasure in us, especially when we set a bad example. But the Church can represent Jesus. The Pope also sent out an appeal against the Ebola virus.

iacopo scaramuzzi
Vatican City

Must the divorced and civilly remarried Catholics be re-admitted to the sacraments?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/29/2014 - 21:27

The questions presented by the Western media as relevant to the debate of the Synod on the family that has just finished, such as the re-admittance of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to the sacraments and homosexual relationships, are not a subject of discussion in Lebanon. In the Middle East the family has other priorities: above all, survival.

Jocelyne Khoueiry, director of the John Paul II Center, was interviewed to shed light on this issue:

An eerie calm: Iraqi Christians anxiously ponder their future

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/28/2014 - 21:03

Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of Mosul.

The murals she paints tell the story of her people, Christians in Iraq. But with Islamic State militants nearby, she is worried that life in Alqosh and towns like it could soon come to an end.

Francis: “Every Christian is called to work for the unity of the Church”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 13:59

At this Mass in St. Martha’s House,on October 24, the Pope encouraged people to follow the same path as Jesus: He "became weak" to death on the Cross. "Pride and self-sufficiency are useless".

Working to ensure the unity of the Church is the historic task of every Christian. This was the message at the heart of Francis’ homily pronounced in St. Martha’s House this morning. We must allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, the Pope emphasized. It is the Holy Spirit that brings unity through diversity in the Church.

Pope Francis: “Life imprisonment is a hidden death sentence”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 23:40

Today Francis receivedtoday, October 23, a delegation from the international association of delegates from the International Association of Penal Law (AIDP) and gave a long and detailed lecture-like speech discussing cases of abuse and problems affecting many corners of the world, without mentioning individual cases. He defined life imprisonment as a hidden death sentence (emphasizing that these kinds of sentences no longer exist in the Vatican).

Parolin: Unilateral military solutions should be avoided in the Middle East

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:06

During the Consistory presided by Pope Francis, the Vatican Secretary of State discussed the dramatic situation in the Middle East, urging patriarchs to avoid seeking the protection of military leaders and encouraging respectful dialogue with Islam. Francis pointed out that Christians are being persecuted amid the indifference of many.