An Open Church, with closed churches

27-02-2015  
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Saint John the Baptist Church in Quebec must close. Built in the late 19th century, it is one of the most beautiful churches in the city, but the Diocese no longer has the resources with which to restore it. For lack of parishioners—since the practice of the faith has collapsed in Canada, as in all […]

Iraq and Syria: These Christians who are suffering for their faith

27-02-2015  
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On February 18, 2015, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) published testimony by Father Andrzej Halemba, director of the Near East department of ACN, concerning the situation in Iraq. On a visit in early February in the autonomous province of Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, to meet the 120,000 Christians who have been refugees there […]

The participation of women in ecclesial and social life: “an inescapable challenge”

27-02-2015  
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On February 7, 2015, Pope Francis received the members of the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, the theme of which was “Women and Culture: equality and difference”. This is a theme dear to the Supreme Pontiff, as he said during the audience, adding that “it entails studying criteria and new methods in […]

Pakistan: False accusations of blasphemy have been recognized

27-02-2015  
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With the collaboration of the police and the province’s government, the juridical authorities of Punjab, in the northwest of Pakistan, has established a list of 50 people who are at present on trial for blasphemy on the basis of ungrounded accusations. These abusive cases have been identified among the 262 trials for blasphemy before the […]

France: The Blessed Sacrament removed from tabernacles in Ain

27-02-2015  
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Bishop Pascal Roland, Ordinary of the Diocese of Belley-Ars, in the Department of Ain (France), asked all pastors to remove the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacles of all churches and parish chapels and to repose It in a safe place. The order also says that they should leave the doors of those tabernacles conspicuously open. […]

Switzerland: Bishop Huonder suspends a priest who blessed an unnatural union

27-02-2015  
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Fr. Wendelin Bucheli, pastor of the parish church in Bürglen in the canton of Uri (central Switzerland) was dismissed from his position by order of Bishop Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur, for having blessed a “union” between two women. Giuseppe Gracia, spokesman for Bp. Huonder, told the Zurich newspaper NZZ am Sonntag on February 8, […]

India: A catholic school vandalized

27-02-2015  
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The Catholic school of the Divine Child, in New Delhi, the capital of India, was vandalized on February 13, 2015. The furniture was sacked, 12,000 rupees (200 dollars) were stolen, but no religious objects were damaged, relates an article by Radio Vatican published the same day. After the attack, the convent that runs the institution […]

USA : Outcry following ban on altar girls

27-02-2015  
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A priest in San Francisco in the western United States has stirred up “great controversy” by banning girls from serving at the altar. Fr. Joseph Illo states on his parish website that altar boys who serve with girls “usually end up losing interest, because girls generally do a better job.” On a more profound level, […]

Lent and the spiritual combat against evil

27-02-2015  
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On Sunday, February 22, 2015, the First Sunday of Lent, the Pope recited the Angelus with the faithful gathered on Saint Peter’s Square. Commenting on the Gospel account of the forty days in the desert during which Jesus prepared for his Messianic mission, Francis points out that “He faces Satan ‘body to body’, unmasks his […]

France: The most beautiful paintings from the churches of lower Normandy

27-02-2015  
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At the initiative of the Region of Lower Normandy, the departments of Calvados, La Manche and Orne, and the City of Caen, the exposition “Divine Beauty! Paintings from Lower-Normand churches, 16th – 20th centuries” will be held in the Museum of Normandy – Château de Caen from February 7 to May 17, 2015. As the […]

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