Posts Tagged ‘Catholics’

As Pope arrives, Catholic numbers fall in Brazil

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

As Pope Francis prepared to fly to Brazil for World Youth Day, a new study showed that the proportion of Catholics in the country — which has the world’s largest Catholic population — has dropped steadily in recent decades. With Catholicism losing ground especially among the young and city-dwellers, only 46 per cent of the Read more

Research says married Catholics have the best sex

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Devout married Catholics have the best sex of any demographic group, according to a collection of studies cited by the Family Research Council in the United States. A University of Chicago survey found the most enjoyable and most frequent sex occurring among married people, those who attended church weekly and people who had the fewest Read more

Christian can’t be anti-Semite, Pope insists

Friday, June 28th, 2013

“Given our common roots, a Christian cannot be an anti-Semite!” Pope Francis has declared to a delegation from a broad-based coalition of Jewish organisations representing Judaism to other religions. The Pope said Christians and Jews can work together to challenge the contemporary problems of secularism and disrespect for the human person. “Humanity needs our joint Read more

Pope urges Catholics to be united

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Catholics cannot hope to achieve unity with other Christians if they cannot be united themselves, Pope Francis has told a general audience. “How can we have Christian unity if we are unable to find unity among us Catholics? To have unity in our families? How many families are fighting? Seek unity,” he urged. Speaking to Read more

Journeying in the Easter season

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I travelled several hours on a bus recently. 50 people all travelling in one direction: a pilgrim people. 50 people all in one vessel. Some in front: others loving the back. Some by the window. Some alone: others in pairs or groups. Some wanting interaction: others seeking ‘personal space’. All adapting to their time in Read more

Once were Catholics

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

I read … “I am amazed how often I meet people who ‘once were Catholics’. You never ask why they left the church. There will be umpteen reasons why just as there are umpteen people. But millions have remained true to their Catholic faith.” Merepeka Raukawa-Tait in The Daily Post, March 19, 2013 I wondered Read more

Catholics should show love to gays, says Cardinal Dolan

Friday, April 5th, 2013

In two television interviews aired on Easter Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Catholics should show more love to gays and lesbians. In an ABC interview he was asked, “What do you say to a gay couple who says, we love God, we love the Church, but we also love each other and Read more

Easter will come late in the Holy Land

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Easter will be five weeks late for Catholics in the Holy Land. Easter Sunday will be on May 5 because the Catholic Church will celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. For pastoral and ecumenical reasons, the Latin Patriarchate of the Holy Land has decided from this year onwards to follow the Orthodox liturgical schedule. Read more

US has highest-ever number of Catholics in Congress

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The recent United States elections resulted in the highest-ever number of Catholics in Congress, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The 161 Catholics make up 30.4 per cent of all seats in the Senate and House of Representatives — well above the Catholic share of 22 per cent of the adult Read more

German Chancellor urges Protestant-Catholic accord

Friday, November 9th, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Protestants and Catholics to emphasise what they have in common as Germany prepares to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. “Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion,” said Merkel, who is the daughter of a Read more