The Eponymous Flower: Abuna Nirwan [Abuna, literally means “our father”] is a Franciscan from Iraq. Before his ordination he had completed a medical examination. When he went to the Holy Land in 2004, the Dominican Women of the Rosary gave him a relic and a … Continue reading
1Peter5, Maike Hickson: Dr. Michael Hesemann, a German historian of the Catholic Church, has just given an interview to Robert Moynihan’s Inside the Vatican Magazine. In this interview, which deals with the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima, Dr. Hesemann … Continue reading
Catholic Online, Kenya Sinclair: Speaking of his experience at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, he explained how he survived the terrifying ordeal. His words were shared with Church in Need, which explained Fr. Mourad’s ministry in Karyatayn (Al-Qaryatayn). Full account … Continue reading
Agenzia Fides: Malagasy Capuchin Friar, aged 46, Fr. Lucien Njiva, was killed during the night of 22 April at the Friary in Ambendrana Antsohihy. Fides was told by Rev. Eric Franck Randriamiandrinirinarivo, Director of Radio Don Bosco Madagascar, “around one in … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: In an interview published by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, an Egyptian Jesuit has warned that the dominant strain of Father Henri Boulad More here.
Catholic Culture: An Islamic leader in Pakistan is calling for the prompt execution of Asia Bibi, claiming that the state’s failure to punish her alleged blasphemy is the cause of the lynching of another man accused of blasphemy. More here with … Continue reading
Catholic Culure: As Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin was about to celebrate his first Paschal Triduum as bishop of Wenzhou, Chinese police took him into custody. More here with link to AsiaNews.
Catholic Culture: Chinese officials have taken an ‘underground’ Catholic bishop into custody, just before he was due to celebrate the Chrism Mass for the first time in his diocese. Bishop Vincent Guo Xijn on Mindon, in the Fujian province, was taken … Continue reading
In one state alone, Borno, Northern Nigeria, one and a half million people have fled from the terror and are now trying to survive in refugee camps and in bordering countries. Catholic Herald, Douglas Murray: “There is just too much to care … Continue reading
Life Site News, Claire Chretien: Cardinal Joseph Zen says the Vatican is betraying Catholics living their faith out clandestinely in China. In an exclusive February 15 interview in Washington, D.C. with LifeSiteNews, he says he has been urged to speak out … Continue reading
CT, Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra: Two of Pakistan’s biggest religious riots have finally gotten their day in court—with strikingly different results. An anti-terrorism court in Lahore has sentenced 42 Christians for rioting after two churches in Pakistan’s largest Christian neighborhood were bombed … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has written a letter paying tribute to his predecessor, Cardinal Josyf Slipyj (1892-1984), on the 125th anniversary of his birth. More here with links.
Catholic Herald, Joyce Duriga:The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. A terrorist group called BLA targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told … Continue reading
Sad news. UCANews: A Chinese bishop has taken a second post in the same state-aligned organization he quit from during his 2012 episcopal ordination, an event that led to his house arrest. Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin took up a post … Continue reading