For whom does the bell toll?

16-01-2015  
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One million demonstrators in Paris on January 11, 2015, chanted the slogan, “Je suis Charlie,”—“I am Charlie,” while brandishing a pen, which has become the symbol of assassinated freedom of expression; this is the official, unanimously agreed-on version of the media outlets and the political parties. But in reality, when you know what the satirical […]

Switzerland: A constant increase in the numbers of the a-confessional

16-01-2015  
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The Institute of Pastoral Sociology in Saint-Gall (IPS) published on December 3, 2014, Switzerland’s religious and ecclesial statistics. These show that contrary to what the Swiss-German newspaper Blick had declared in its October 20, 2013 edition, only six months after the election of the new pope, there has been no “Francis effect”. In fact, there […]

Canada: Fewer than 1 out of 2 weddings in Quebec are religious

16-01-2015  
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For the first time, fewer than one wedding out of two are religious in Quebec (48.8%), according to the numbers assembled by Quebec statistics institution (ISQ) and published by Quebec media group Radio Ville-Marie (RVM) on December 18th. In 2012, 51.6% of weddings were still celebrated in church, 70.6% in 2002 and 97.8% in 1969. […]

Support the Rosa Mystica medical mission of ACIM-Asia in the Philippines

16-01-2015  
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A moving letter from Fr. Karl Stehlin, Superior of the District of Asia Singapore, December 31, 2014 Dear faithful, dear friends of the Rosa Mystica Mission, As you know, it is my task to carry on the admirable spiritual work of Fr. Couture, who has been reassigned to Canada. In this immense ocean of apostolate, […]

Canada: the church of Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil in Montreal to be demolished

16-01-2015  
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One of the largest churches in the diocese of Montreal, Saint-Eusèbe-de-Verceil, a neo-Romanesque edifice built after World War I, is to be demolished. According to a press release issued December 17th, 2014 by news agency Apic, the pastor Fr. Yves Robert announced the impending demolition at Sunday Mass on December 7. The priest told the […]

Franco-Algerian agreement for sending imams to Paris

16-01-2015  
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Algerian imams will be sent to France to preach the Islam of “the middle way, conviviality and respect of others,” Mohamed Aissa, Algerian minister for religious and Waqfs affairs, has announced. Aissa was quoted by the Algerian Press Service (APS) as making this announcement on the occasion of an official visit of the French minister […]

Luxembourg: Parliament decriminalizes abortion

16-01-2015  
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Luxembourg’s Chamber of Deputies passed a law December 2nd, 2014, by 38 to 22 votes, decriminalizing abortion and removing the mandatory second consultation for women wishing to “voluntarily interrupt pregnancy”. The second consultation becomes merely a “right” for those women who feel they “need additional advice.” The other key innovation is the suppression of the […]

Belgium: Moslem religion to be broadcast on the RTBF

16-01-2015  
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Just like the Catholics, the Protestants, the Orthodox and the Jews, Moslems should soon be granted a slot on the publicly funded radio station of the RTBF (Belgian francophone radio and TV station). The government of the Wallonie-Bruxelles Federation has indeed decided to issue a committee the mandate to set up a “dedicated” radio broadcast […]

Germany: 1200 euro fine for profanation at Mass

16-01-2015  
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A Femen activist who created a disturbance at Mass on Christmas 2013, in Cologne Cathedral, was condemned on December 3, 2014, to pay a fine of 1200 euros. The German state prosecutor had laid a charge of “disturbing the practice of religion” against the young woman, currently a resident of Hamburg. Josephine Witt had climbed […]

Switzerland: Zurich refuses to set up an Islamic kindergarten

16-01-2015  
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On December 18th 2014, the government of the canton of Zurich refused to set up an Islamic kindergarten in Volketswil, in the middle of the canton. The Islamic association has already appealed the negative decision made by the Zurich office of mandatory schooling made in May, which had emphasized the ideological link between al Huda […]

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