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.
Being the SPLC’s poster child for evil Catholic “hate groups” is looking more and more like a badge of honor of which I am entirely unworthy. The Weekly Standard has a piece on the SPLC and its fundraiser-in-chief. Disgust at … Continue reading
And why is it extremist? Because the Church teaches that there is no salvation outside of her. The Remnant: Well, it’s official: The Catholic Church is on the fast track to be banned in America. Exhibit A is a U.S. Army … Continue reading
Catholic Culture: A US district court judge has dismissed a challenge to the HHS mandate brought by Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Michigan Catholic Conference. Read more here.
Here’s a clip from Candida Moss’ book: The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom “The Sunday school narrative of a church of martyrs, of Christians huddled in catacombs out of fear, meeting in secret to avoid … Continue reading
Lahore,India AsiaNews: The memorial dedicated to Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s Catholic minister of Minority Affairs murdered in 2011, was vandalised in broad daylight last Saturday. More on this here.
Vatican Insider: A restructured Church with far fewer members that is forced to let go of many places of worship it worked so hard to build over the centuries. A minority Catholic Church with little influence over political decisions, that is … Continue reading
Vatican Insider: China has sent a message to the new Pope who will be elected in March, calling on him to break the Holy See’s diplomatic relations with Taiwan and to refrain from interfering in its internal affairs in the name of … Continue reading
AsiaNews: The Chinese government has started to release pro-democracy dissidents from the “re-education through labor” camps (laojiao). The releases were made ahead of the end of their sentences, but Catholic priests and bishops remain in the communist regime’s labor camps. AsiaNews sources have … Continue reading