Posts Tagged ‘Baptism’

Rise in number of new Catholics to be baptised at Easter Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The Catholic Church will benefit from many new Catholics in different parts of the world this Easter. As an example, over a thousand people took part in Rites of Election at cathedrals and churches across England and Wales last weekend. All declared their hope to become Catholics at Easter. Most dioceses in the UK have Read more

48,000 Catholic baptisms in China last year Comments 0

Monday, March 4th, 2019

The China-based Faith Institute for Cultural Studies says there were about 48,000 Catholic baptisms last year in the People’s Republic. The institute says it gathered the data from 104 Catholic dioceses recognised by the Chinese authorities. These dioceses are scattered in over 30 national provincial divisions. In common with previous years, the research found the Read more

Australian Border Force blocking church baptism of detention-born baby Comments 0

Monday, November 5th, 2018

The Australian Border Force is preventing a baby who was born seven months ago in a Melbourne immigration detention centre from being baptised in a church, according to the family and a Catholic priest. A United Nations body is now examining whether Australia is breaching its human rights obligations by holding the infant in arbitrary Read more

Former Governor General, politician, atheist, finds God Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A former Australian governor general, Labor leader and avowed atheist says he has found God again at age 85. “There’s been a gnawing pain in my heart and soul about what is the meaning of life. What’s my role in it?” Bill Hayden says. Hayden has often been cited as one of Australia’s most prominent Read more

Ireland’s former president: baptism forces babies to be Catholic Comments 0

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Ireland’s former president, Mary McAleese, says baptising babies is a violation of their human rights. By baptising children before they have reached the age of reason, the Church is creating “infant conscripts who are held to lifelong obligations of obedience,” she says. “You can’t impose, really, obligations on people who are only two weeks old Read more

Mexico’s earthquake turns baptism into a funeral Comments 0

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Mexico’s earthquake last week turned a day of joy into disaster for a family gathered at the Santiago the Apostle Catholic Church. Eleven members of the family gathering for a baptism died when the earthquake caused the ceiling to fall in. The infant was among the dead. The only survivors were the baby’s father, the Read more

Catholic parish life has become insufferably middle-class Comments 0

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Parish and sacraments

There are plenty of things for which I thank God: good friends, the health of my children, the glorious tenth anniversary of Summorum Pontificum. Another is the fact that my wife and I were never made to attend a Catholic marriage preparation course. If we had been members of a parish where the mind-numbingly dull half-year Read more

Two drown: Shalom Church re-thinks river baptism Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017

It’s a rite that dates to the time of Jesus, who was dunked in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. But Christians in East Africa are now taking stock of their practice after after a full immersion baptism turned tragic in northern Tanzania. Two Christian farmers, aged 30 and 47, died as their pastors Read more

Mafia godfathers banned from baptisms Comments 0

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Mafia godfathers – bosses of the scandalous crime syndicates – have been banned from standing as godparents at baptisms or as sponsors at confirmations. Sicilian Archbishop Michele Pennisi, an outspoken Mafia critic, says he wants to challenge the idea that crime bosses have a paternal side. “The Mafia has always taken the term godfather from Read more

Forty-one baptisms at Chinese church’s 300-year anniversary celebrations Comments 0

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Forty-one baptisms were included in a Chinese Catholic church’s 300-year anniversary celebrations last week. Thousands of people attended St Francis Cathedral of Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi province four days of celebrations. The celebrations included music, lectures, a cultural show, the installation of a relic of St Francis of Assisi and the unveiling of a tablet Read more