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Christmas cancelled in Iraq Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq has announced it will not hold public Christmas celebrations this year. Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church is one of the largest in Iraq and the diaspora. Cardinal Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the church, said the decision was made “out of respect” for victims; those killed and wounded in Read more

Indonesia to deploy 160,000 people to protect churches for Christmas Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Nearly 160,000 security personnel will be deployed to try to make Christmas and New Year celebrations in Indonesia safe, reported ucanews.org. This is an increase from last year, when nearly 90,000 security personnel guarded about 50,000 churches across the country. An official of the National Police Traffic Corps told journalists that police, military personnel and Read more

Robert Redford meets Pope Francis at weekly general audience Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Famed actor Robert Redford waited patiently outside the Vatican on Wednesday for the chance to briefly exchange personal words with Pope Francis. Redford and his wife, German artist Sibylle Szaggars, were spotted in the general audience for the weekly Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The pope, 82, and Redford, 83, clasped hands as Redford Read more

Plan for halting mass exodus from church underway Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

German bishops are looking for ways to halt the massive exodus from the Church in Germany caused by the clerical abuse crisis. The bishops’ conference launched a two-year “synodal procedure” for church reform last weekend, on the first Sunday of Advent. Working together with the lay Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), special synodal candles Read more

Communion denial of married lesbian judge called “very violent” Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A priest in the United States has barred a life long parishoner and married lesbian from receiving Holy Communion. Fr Scott Nolan recently informed Kent County District Court Judge Sara Smolenski she should not receive communion at his church. The Diocese of Grand Rapids said it supports the decision. “No community of faith can sustain the Read more

Petition filed against rape protest nun’s autobiography Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A writ petition has been filed to stop the publication and distribution of an autobiography of a nun who was part of protests against rape-accused Indian bishop Franco Mulakkal. The petition to urgently stop Sister Lucy Kalappura’s autobiography from being published has been filed in the Kerala High Court. Licia Joseph of the SMI Convent Read more

Sainthood process for Fulton Sheen delayed Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

The beatification of late Catholic Archbishop Fulton Sheen was postponed this week, marking the latest setback on the road to sainthood for the beloved television and radio preacher. Sheen was an early adopter of mass media as a form of evangelization in the United States, regularly appearing on “The Catholic Hour” radio programme from 1930 Read more

Dead Jesuits stir up trouble in Vietnam Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Intellectuals in Vietnam are having a heated debate about a city’s plan to name streets after two 17th century Jesuit missionaries. The Jesuits are credited with systematizing the country’s official language. Since October, authorities in Da Nang have collected public opinions about a plan to name 137 streets in the southern central city by the Read more

Priest falls out of church tower Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

The first Sunday of Advent did not go as merrily and peacefully for the people of Magyarbánhegyes as one would have wanted. The residents of the village lit their first candles for Father Ákos F., who lost his life on Friday when he fell out of the 25-metre-high tower of the church. The bell was Read more

Irish abuse commission says it overestimated kids in religious-run homes Comments 0

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

More than 10 years after its final report, the commission set up by the Irish government to investigate claims of abuse in religious-run institutions has admitted that it overestimated the number of children in the homes. In a statement Nov. 25, the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse said the number of children housed in Read more