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Eco-friendly Christmas decorations Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Before you head out to the shops to buy bags of shiny tinsel and plastic gold bells, consider these ideas for eco-friendly Christmas decorations you can make at home. Continue reading

Einstein’s God letter sells for $4.2m Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

A 1954 letter written by Albert Einstein and known as the “God letter” because he discussed his thoughts about religion has fetched close to US$2.9 million (NZ$4.2m) at an auction in New York. The letter, which was sold at Christie’s on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT), was written the year before he died. Continue reading

7 facts you may not known about Advent Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

25th of December has become a holiday loved by both Christian and as well as those who are not Christians. Advent, the time of preparation is, however, a much lesser-known aspect of this season. We all know of Lent, but what is Advent? What is its history? Here are seven facts you might have known Read more

800-hour church service saves family from deportation Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Under Dutch law, police officers are not permitted to enter a church while a religious service is taking place. So, for more than a month, hundreds of pastors and volunteers from across the Netherlands conducted a non-stop 800-hour church service in support of an Armenian family whose asylum claim has been rejected. Continue reading

15 songs inspired by Saints Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Most of us know that St. Cecilia—whose feast day is November 22nd—is the patroness of music and musicians. Many of us know that many Catholic artists, such as Audrey Assad, have written songs inspired by saints. Saints and religious were a popular subject for classical composers but did you all know that even secular artists Read more

Church complains Christmas markets open too early Comments 0

Monday, November 26th, 2018

Germany’s Protestant Church has complainedd of the “merciless commercialisation” of Christmas and the early opening of festive markets in some cities. “What remains of the rhythm of life, the rhythm of the liturgical year, when everything is available all the time and thus arbitrary?” said a spokeswoman of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Continue reading

Catholic pop music group conquers Africa Comments 0

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Master Just and Barabas, both Catholics musicians, credit “God’s plan” for the success of their musical duo, Toofan. The Toofan story started in Togo in 2005 when the two football- and music-loving adolescents hired out a small studio with little more than a microphone and a computer to record their first hit, “Eperviers.” Continue reading

Stephen Colbert: why he returned to Catholicism Comments 0

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Late night USA television host Stephen Colbert is open about his faith but revealed in an interview that he became “convicted of [his] atheism” before returning to Catholicism. The CBS star told Father James Martin on his Catholic talk show “Faith in Focus” last Thursday night that there was a time in his life he turned Read more

‘Jesus’ face’ uncovered at ancient church in the Israeli desert Comments 0

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

A previously-unknown 1,500-year-old painting of Jesus’ face has been uncovered at a Byzantine church in Israel’s Negev desert. The discovery in the ancient Byzantine village of Shivta has thrilled archaeologists. Although the painting is fragmented, experts from Israel’s University of Haifa were able to make out the facial outline. The painting, which is believed to Read more

A Pope Francis gargoyle watches over Cologne cathedral Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

It took about a week for visitors to the massive Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to notice a small addition to its ornate Gothic entrance — a carved stone figure of Pope Francis leaning forward like a gargoyle. Continue reading