CNA: Choosing to be faithful, the Pope continued, is equally important in both smallest and the most difficult situations, highlighting how throughout the history of the Church we see that there are “men, women, old, young, that make this choice.” “When … Continue reading
AsiaNews: Two priests from the underground Church are in prison since early October. They are “guilty” of having organized catechism classes for adults in the town of Qinyuan , near Baoding (Hebei ). The two men are Fr. Tian Dalong and … Continue reading
UCANews: Tensions between the Chinese government and unregistered Catholic communities have increased with the detention of four priests last month, according to a report by the Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) of Hong Kong. The report was submitted to the United … Continue reading
Asia Bibi’s book, Blasphemy: A Memoir: Sentenced to Death Over a Cup of Water is now available. This is the Pakistani mother of five whom I spoke about at last year’s conference. Here is an excerpt from the book: More … Continue reading
Catholic Online (Taken from end of report): The last point highlights a growing danger for Christian communities which have seen a rise in violence since Morsi\’s ouster against individual Christians, priests, and churches. Indeed some priests have been murdered and various churches have been … Continue reading
AsiaNews, Fady Noun: A free people interpreting the pain Jesus endured, sharing it on the stages of work, in the mines, the hospitals, in the tombs of hope and its cradles provided the magnificent, dazzling show young Brazilians put on for … Continue reading
The outrageous “blasphemy law” of Pakistan is meant to muzzle Catholics from ever expressing their Faith in public. Some of the accused are assassinated, or killed by mobs, others, like Asia Bibi, still languish in wretched prisons. One thousand Christians … Continue reading
Vatican Insider: “We suspect that after the long period of persecution there are still about 10,000 people who will remember in their hearts their Catholic faith.” But “I find it difficult to believe that there is an organised underground Church … Continue reading
AsiaNews: Church observers in China have reacted strongly to a revision of the regulations surrounding the election of bishops, which they say grants the government-backed Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) overarching control. More on this here.
AsiaNews: A court in Al-Khobar, Saudi city east of the Gulf, has sentenced a Lebanese Christian to prison and flogging for having converted a young Saudi man to Christianity and helped a young woman escape from the country. The first considered … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: An Israeli court has affirmed the government’s decision to confiscate most of the land owned by a Salesian convent as the Israeli West Bank barrier through the Cremisan Valley, which is located near Bethlehem, is rerouted. Read here and … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: Following the kidnapping and (reported) release of two Orthodox prelates, a parish priest in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city, discussed his ministry there. “Car bombs have been found near churches,” said the anonymous priest. “Divine Providence has permitted our … Continue reading
An example of those whom Pope Francis cited as today’s martyrs, although he survived his unspeakable torments, was Bishop Ioan Ploscaru (1911-1998). Chiesa Online: Bishop Ioan Ploscaru: To all of us, the Greek-Catholic priests and bishops, freedom was offered in exchange … Continue reading
AsiaNews: The “age of martyrs is not yet over, even today we can say, in truth, that the Church has more martyrs now than during the first centuries. The Church has many men and women who are maligned through calumny, who … Continue reading
Aleteia: Kidnapped, lost and forgotten: On the 9th of February 2013, 27-year-old Father Michael Kayal from Aleppo, Syria, was abducted by Islamic extremist rebels. Two months later he is still missing, yet the world remains silent. Full report here.