What would the Mideast be like without Christians?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:53

ISIS/ISIL obviously doesn't care if someone is a journalist with nothing to do with the conflict or who they are trying to help, as in the case of David Haines, the British man killed last weekend. This point was brought home in a House of Representatives hearing from Chairman Chris Smith, R-N.J., and ranking member Karen Bass on Wednesday right before the latest execution.

Pope to emphasize dialogue with Islam during Albania trip

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:35

This Sunday’s papal trip to Albania will focus on the importance of dialogue with Islam, as the Muslim-majority nation with a notable Christian presence provides a fitting context for the theme.

Albania is about 57 per cent Muslim, but Catholics make up around 10 per cent of the population, and Orthodox another near 7 per cent.

Pope to meet a group of grandparents, including two Kurdish refugees

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/17/2014 - 12:17

Some 40,000 grandparents from 20 different countries, including two elderly people who have fled Iraqi Kurdistan. The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family Mgr. Vincenzo Paglia, presented the details of the Pope’s meeting with these people on 28 September in St. Peter’s Square. He did so at a press conference on the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (22-27 September 2015). The local bishop, Mgr. Charles Joseph Chaput, explained that it is hoped Francis will attend the event but no official confirmation has been given yet.

The road to unity passes through the Middle East

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:20

Talks to remove the theological obstacles that are prevent the Catholic and Orthodox Churches from entering into full communion are proceeding slowly but steadily. This is the first sign that emerges from Amman, where the thirteenth plenary session of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is currently taking place.

Pope’s visit to Albania to commemorate martyrs and be a laboratory for dialogue

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:14

The martyrs of the Communist regime and dialogue – including political dialogue – between faiths. These two topics will be the focus of Pope Francis’ visit to Albania on Sunday. He will only be in Albania for one day, 10 hours to be precise, and will deliver six speeches, spending most of his time in the capital Tirana. This will be the Pope’s fourth international visit after Brazil, the Holy Land and South Korea. After this he will visit Strasbourg and Turkey in November. Albania will mark his first trip to a European country.

One year after the "Conference on the Challenges Facing Arab Christians"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 16:42

With the onset of September this year, the memory is still rife with the events of the important conference which His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein had called for last year in Amman. At the time, the conference had a remarkable title, namely ”The challenges Facing Arab Christians”. It was attended by a large number of religious and civilian figures from the Middle East, as well friends from several countries around the world.

The Pope weds 20 couples from the diocese of Rome

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 22:11

Marriage is not a “fiction” The path is not always a smooth one, free of disagreements, otherwise it would not be human. It is a demanding journey, at times difficult, and at times turbulent, but such is life! Marriage is a symbol of life, real life: it is not “fiction”! It is the Sacrament of the love of Christ and the Church,” Francis said in the homily he pronounced at the mass during which he celebrated the Sacrament of Marriage. The Pope celebrated the weddings of 20 couples from the diocese of Rome, in St. Peter’s Basilica.

"A tragedy to be borne by all"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 14:52

One of the most detestable forms of violence, learned from the dissemination of information by the militants of the self-styled Caliphate “the barbaric indoctrination of children of about ten years old, forced to sing out against the presumed enemies and to carry weapons at an age when they should be able to play and to go to primary school with their peers”. This strong denunciation was made by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, at the Inaugural Summit of the “In Defense of Christians” Association held in Washington, D.C. on September 9.

Pope Francis: War is "madness" which brings destruction

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 12:27

Pope Francis on Saturday , September 13, celebrated Mass at the Italian Military Memorial of Redipuglia. The visit to the area, which was the scene of fighting between Italy and the forces of the Central Powers during World War I, was to mark the centenary of the beginning of the war. The Mass was said for the fallen and victims of all wars. Here lie many victims. Today, we remember them,” said Pope Francis, during his homily. “There are tears, there is sadness. From this place we remember all the victims of every war.

Pope Francis to wed 20 couples, September 14

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/13/2014 - 22:51

Wedding bells are about to ring in the Vatican: On Sunday September 14, Pope Francis will wed 20 couples from the city of Rome. After a series of baptisms, communions and confirmations, after listening to confessions and having presided priestly ordinations, the Bishop of Rome is now to unite 40 people, from his diocese, in marriage. The youngest is 25 years old and the eldest 56. Among the couples that will be walking down the aisle in St. Peter’s Basilica, will be some couples that are already living together. Some of them will be accompanied by their children.