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Speaking to parents of children with Down’s syndrome Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The day after Samantha was born, her mother Margaret was told she had Down’s syndrome. “After the doctors left my bed I held my baby tight and prayed to Our Lady and said I would always take care of her. “They were very negative in the hospital, telling us she probably wouldn’t live past 21 Read more

Married priests: Pope’s response not so new after all Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

While Pope Francis’ recent comments on the subject of married priests made headlines around the world, his response falls clearly in line with the thinking of his predecessors. In an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit, published in early March, Pope Francis was asked if allowing candidates for the priesthood to fall in love and Read more

Catholic Church and politics still mix Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Although the Catholic Church officially discourages clergy and religious from serving in public office, in many countries Catholic actors nevertheless play key roles in forging peace accords, guaranteeing access to safe water and other humanitarian aims, and lighting a fire under the international community to get involved. That activism builds on a grand history, from popes Read more

The throwaway culture spreading waste worldwide Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

In 2003, I was told by a restaurant owner on a Thai island that local fishermen used to wrap their lunch in banana leaves, which they would then casually toss overboard when done. That was OK, because the leaves decayed and the fish ate the scraps. But in the past decade, he said, while plastic Read more

Using digital devices for reflection during Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be tested and later crucified. In order to identify with Christ’s self-sacrifice, Christians often join in a symbolic fast, giving up certain foods such as meat Read more

Marie Collins responds to Cardinal Müller’s allegations about abuse commission Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Editor’s note: Marie Collins of Ireland is a clergy sexual abuse survivor who resigned March 1 from Pope Francis’ Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave an interview shortly following Collins’ resignation. Collins has written an open letter to Read more

What Pope Francis has changed Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The date 13 March 2013, marks the day on which Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was the first South American in history to become Pope. Four years later, “La Croix” asks four individuals to give their perspectives on what changes the Pope has brought about in their particular domains. “A real encouragement of our activities” Sylvie Read more

Five great achievements of Pope Francis’ first four years Comments 0

Monday, March 13th, 2017

It is hard to believe but Pope Francis is coming up on the fourth anniversary of his election as pope on March 13. In four years, the pope has had a profound impact on the church. True, he has not changed the church’s position on birth control, celibacy, women priests and gay marriage, but he Read more

The shimmering glory of a modern indigenous N Z chapel Comments 0

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Amid the well-groomed homes and quiet roads in the suburbs of Karori in Wellington rises an unexpected structure, with a steep, folded roof that pierces the sky. Designed by John Scott, a New Zealand architect of Irish, Scottish, and Māori descent, the Futuna Chapel has stood on its plot for nearly 60 years, regarded as “the most complete example Read more

Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2070 Comments 0

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2070, ending two millenniums of Christian dominance going back to the birth of Jesus Christ, projections released Thursday by the Pew Research Center show. Islam is projected to grow more than twice as fast as any other major religion over the next half century because of a higher fertility rate. Read more