As I write, two events are on the horizon for the religious here at Saint Benedict Center. The first is the annual Pilgrimage for Restoration (September 23-25), a three-day, sixty-five mile walking pilgrimage from Lake George, New York, to Auriesville, New … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: More than 5,000 people attended the funeral for Bishop Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou, China, while government officials continued to hold his coajdutor (sic) bishop, the AsiaNews service reports. More here.
Brother Francis told us that directly across from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is the mosque of Omar which posts a blasphemous challenge to the humility of God in the Incarnation. “God is Greater” the sign reads. Greater … Continue reading
Chinese authorities have arrested a Catholic bishop and removed him from the diocese where he serves, apparently in order to prevent his installation as new leader of the diocese, the AsiaNews service has confirmed. More here.
Rorate Caeli: There have also been recent cases (mainly reported in local newspapers but occasionally even in national newspapers) of Muslims going into churches, shouting, cursing and smashing sacred objects. However this alarm is not limited only to Italy. Read more … Continue reading
National Catholic Register, Stephanie Mann: Monsignor Charles Pope warned recently: It is time to prepare for persecutions that will get bolder by the month and year. The dark movements that marched in under the banners of tolerance never meant it. … Continue reading
Maike Hickson, 1Peter5: In the midst of so many discouraging and troubling pieces of news, it is always important to point out manifestations of virtue and of the good that still abides. One of the great defenders of Catholic Truth right … Continue reading
LifeSiteNews: The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese … Continue reading
Vatican Insider, Gianni Valenti: A “Chinese Bishops’ Conference in communion with the Pope” is “what we hope to see and that for which we have been praying for a long time”: the viewpoint of Joseph Wei Jingyi, the “clandestine” Catholic bishop … Continue reading
National Catholic Register, Msgr. Charles Pope: There is a growing consternation among some Catholics that the Church, at least in her leadership, is living in the past. It seems there is no awareness that we are at war and that Catholics … Continue reading
He was in prisons, forced labor, and house arrest for 35 years. Catholic Culture: L’Osservatore Romano has paid tribute Bishop Vincent Huang Shoucheng of Xiapu (Funing), who recently died at the age of 93 and whose ministry was not recognized by … Continue reading
AsiaNews: After three weeks (11 June – 2 July) of terrible battle against the attack of a virus called “Mycoplasma pneumoniae” I am back to my religious house for a long recovery. But here I am being told that I was … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: A retired Italian bishop has taken issue with Pope Francis’ statement that Islam is not responsible for terrorist violence. “It is an ongoing assault by Islam on Christianity,” said Bishop Andrea Gemma, the former head of the Isernia-Venafro … Continue reading
As with every jurisdictional Vatican compromise with Communist governments the one in the offing smells of betrayal. There have been four secret meetings between Vatican representatives and Chinese government officials in the past two years, the most recent being at the … Continue reading
Francis Phillips, Catholic Herald: Last week I wrote about volume I of The God of the Gulag, Jonathan Luxmoore’s study of the 70-year Communist persecution of Christians in Russia and Eastern Europe. Having now read volume II, “Martyrs in an Age of … Continue reading