Contrasting opinions about the current pontificate

24-04-2015  
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Cardinal Walter Kasper has just published a book on the Pope entitled Pope Francis: Revolution of Tenderness and Love. According to him, the Supreme Pontiff “has set many things in motion, and I thank that we need this movement. For if we become stagnant, we fall asleep.” “The Pope will pursue his program,” the German […]

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller : “The well-known statements of Cardinal Marx are in contradiction with the dogma of the Church”

24-04-2015  
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On April 14, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences and one of the five cardinals who co-authored the book Remaining in the Truth of Christ (Ignatius Press), answered questions from Dr. Maike Hickson of Life Site News: LSN: Can the Church deal with the topic of marriage in a […]

Philippines: The Catholic Church opposes the legalization of divorce

24-04-2015  
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A bill to make divorce legal in the Philippines was brought in to Parliament in 2014 by a small openly feminist political party, the “Gabriela Women’s Party”, who announced that they wished to add it to the agenda for the parliamentary session this April. “By chance”, a survey was published in the local press on […]

United Kingdom: Bishops Criticize the Priests Opposed to Granting Communion to Remarried Divorcees

24-04-2015  
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On March 24, 2015, 515 British priests published in the British newspaper Catholic Herald an open letter asking that “the Church conserve her doctrine” on marriage. “We wish as Catholic priests, to reaffirm our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God […]

Persistent tensions surrounding the Synod on the Family

24-04-2015  
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The upcoming Synod on the Family, which is to be held in Rome October 4-25 of this year, continues to provoke position statements opposed to Cardinal Walter Kasper and the German bishops who declare their progressive claims loud and clear. The April 8 issue of La Croix reports comments by the South African Cardinal William […]

Syria: Redoubled shooting on the city of Aleppo

24-04-2015  
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“Our city and our people suffered intense pain, anguish and discomfort during the night when neighborhoods in the city were hit with rocket-propelled grenades, with a destructive capacity that we had never heard and seen before,” described the press release from the Catholic and Orthodox bishops of Aleppo after fierce bombing hit the Christians in […]

United States: New York schools add two Muslim holidays to their calendar

24-04-2015  
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New York will be the first great metropolis of the United States to close its public schools for the Muslim feasts of Aïd el-Adha and Aïd el-Fitr, announced the New York Times on March 4, 2015. The two holidays will be added to the school calendar in September 2015. Bill De Blasio, democratic mayor of […]

Pakistan: A 14-year-old Christian is burned to death

24-04-2015  
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A young Christian of Lahore in eastern Pakistan was sprayed with gasoline and burned alive on April 10, 2015 by a group of Moslems. He died 5 days later of the burns. According to a news release published by Fides on April 13, the episode began when faithful from the mosque crossed the path of […]

Canada: Ban on prayer at Saguenay municipal council meetings

24-04-2015  
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On April 15 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada issued an order to cease reciting a prayer before the municipal council meetings of the city of Saguenay in Quebec (see DICI 289, 31/01/14). Among many other indignant reactions to this decision from the highest court in the land, the clear and courageous statement of the […]

Syria: A catholic church attacked by the islamic state

24-04-2015  
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On April 5, 2015, Easter Sunday, the jihadist group the Islamic State (IS) blew up a church in Tal Nasra, in northeastern Syria. According to the Syrian State press agency SANA, however, there were no victims. The church of the Virgin Mary was built in 1934; it is one of the city’s three main Catholic […]

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