Let us pray alongside the Christian martyrs of today

9-09-2016  
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A new interreligious meeting is to take place in Assisi on September 20, 2016, with Pope Francis presiding. Armed with the constant teachings of the Popes up until the Second Vatican Council, the Society of St. Pius X will not pray with the 400 representatives of worldwide religions who will invoke the beliefs of Mahomet, […]

Instruction of the Holy Office on the ecumenical movement: “clearly and without ambiguity”

9-09-2016  
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The bishops “shall also be on guard lest, on the false pretext that more attention should be paid to the points on which we agree than to those on which we differ, a dangerous indifferentism be encouraged, especially among persons whose training in theology is not deep and whose practice of their faith is not […]

Germany: The number of salafists on the rise

9-09-2016  
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 According to a survey conducted by the German weekly Focus, and republished by the website of the Swiss Catholic Church on June 25, 2016, Salafists are on the rise in Germany’s 16 Länder, especially in the west of the country and in Berlin. In North Rhine Westphalia, they went from 1,900 in 2014 to 2,500 […]

Pius XI, Mortalium animos: “that false opinion which considers all religions more or less good and praiseworthy”

9-09-2016  
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“Since they hold it for certain that men destitute of all religious sense are very rarely to be found, they seem to have founded on that belief a hope that the nations, although they differ among themselves in certain religious matters, will without much difficulty come to agree as brethren in professing certain doctrines, which […]

Commentary: The missionary spirit, the “spirit of Assisi”

9-09-2016  
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The interreligious meeting on September 20, 2016, will be the fifth Assisi meeting attended by a pope. John Paul II presided at three of them: the first took place on October 27, 1986, on the occasion of the International Year of Peace promoted by the U.N.; the second in 1993, during the war in the […]

Nigeria: Boko Haram declares its desire to “kill all the Christians” 

9-09-2016  
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In an interview published on August 3, 2016, by the Jihadist group Islamic State (IS)’s newspaper al-Nabaa, the new leader of the Islamist militia Boko Haram, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, threatened to “blow up churches” and “kill all the Christians” his soldiers would encounter in Nigeria. According to the American agency Associated Press (AP) on August […]

Canada: The number of religious marriages in Quebec drops again

9-09-2016  
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According to the 2015 official statistics published on July 5, 2016, by the Canadian website Présence-information religieuse, the number of marriages has decreased by over half in Quebec since the 1970’s. In 2015, 22,400 marriages were celebrated and only 44% of them were at the church. The study reveals that only 27% of the men […]

India: Catholics prevent the demolition of a cathedral

9-09-2016  
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In India, the authorities of Vijayawada, in the State of Andhra Pradesh (southeastern part of the country) tried, on August 1, 2016, to demolish the cathedral of the diocese in order to widen the roadway. They were prevented by priests and hundreds of faithful who defended their church, by physically stopping the demolition equipment from […]

Congo: Approximately 50 people killed by Islamists

9-09-2016  
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In the night of Saturday to Sunday, August 14, 2016, approximately 50 people were killed by machete blows and axes in Beni, in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The spokesman for the Congolese army told Agence France Presse on August 15 that Muslim rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) were […]

Shadows and Light on Mother Teresa’s Mission

9-09-2016  
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The canonization Mass for Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997) was celebrated on Sunday, September 4, 2016, in St. Peter’s Square in the presence of 120,000 people, a dozen official delegates and 600 journalists, and broadcasted live by 120 television channels throughout the world. In his homily, Pope Francis presented Mother Teresa as a “generous dispenser […]

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