Independent Catholic News logo Welcome Visitor
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Displaying Articles 1 - 25 of 5162
Prev - Next
Ebola Crisis: More work needs to be done to reach zero new cases
Ebola Crisis: More work needs to be done to reach zero new cases

 CAFOD and its partners have intensified their Ebola response work in Sierra Leone, joining the international effort to reach zero new cases of Ebola in the coming months. Thanks to money donated by supporters to their Ebola crisis appeal - which raised over one million pounds - and funding from the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), CAFOD partners are scaling up distributions of food and household items to quarantined families, Outbreak Prevention kits (made up of protective clothing, bleach and cleaning materials) to places of worship,

Read More ...
Australia: Church  voices concern over drastic  protests at Manus Island
Australia: Church voices concern over drastic protests at Manus Island

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has expressed deep concern over desperate protests taking place on Manus Island - used as a detention centre for asylum seekers - and the government's lack of transparency. The office said in a statement: 'Since Tuesday, 13 January 2013, close to 700 asylum seekers have embarked on a hunger strike with 40 asylum seekers sewing their lips together and others swallowing razor blades. Asylum seekers on the Island resorted to such drastic measures after being told that they would 

Read More ...
Cuba: Report shows religious violations increased in 2014
Cuba: Report shows religious violations increased in 2014

Violations of religious freedom in Cuba continued to rise in 2014, according to a new report by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) detailing 220 separate violations over the course of the year. Religious leaders and groups from all denominations on the island reported problems ranging from harassment and fines to confiscation and destruction of church property....  In 2014 the historic Franciscan monastery in Guanabacoa shut its doors after waiting years for government permission 

Read More ...
Pope Francis on role of women in transmitting Faith
Pope Francis on role of women in transmitting Faith

The primary and indispensable role of women in transmitting the faith to new generations was the focus of Pope Francis’ reflections on the readings at Mass this morning in the chapel at Santa Marta. On the day when the Church celebrates Saints Timothy and Titus – bishops and disciples of St Paul the Apostle, Pope Francis commented in particular on the second letter of Paul to Timothy. Paul reminds Timothy of where his “sincere faith” comes from: his faith comes from the Holy Spirit, “through his mother and grandmother.”

Read More ...
India: CSW urges Obama to raise concerns of religious minorities with Prime Minister Modi
India: CSW urges Obama to raise concerns of religious minorities with Prime Minister Modi

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has called on President Obama to raise the concerns of India’s religious minorities in his bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Modi during his visit to India from 25-27 January. President Obama’s visit to India is a crucial step forward in US-India relations in recent years, and follows the lifting of a visa ban on Prime Minister Modi ahead of his official visit to the US in September 2014. President Obama will be the chief guest at the Republic Day function on Monday 26 January.

Read More ...
US Cardinal welcomes progress of ‘No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act’
US Cardinal welcomes progress of ‘No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act’

Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the 'No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015' (HR 7) by the US House of Representatives. “By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people,” he said. Co-sponsored by Reps Chris Smith and Dan Lipinski, the pro-life bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 242-179 

Read More ...
Pope Francis concludes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Pope Francis concludes Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity concluded today. Before the Angelus with pilgrims in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis said the theme this year is: "Give me a drink", the sentence uttered by Jesus to the Samaritan woman. He said the "desire for unity" of the disciples of Jesus is part of our "thirst not only material for water, but above all our thirst for a full life, free from the slavery of evil and death." He went on to say that "Jesus is the fulfillment of God's promises because it is he who gives to the Holy Spirit, the 'living water' that quenches 

Read More ...
Pope Francis: Confession is not a judgment
Pope Francis: Confession is not a judgment

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not a judgment but a meeting with God who forgives all our sins, without exception, Pope Francis said, during his homily at his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta on Friday. Basing his reflections on an extract from St Paul’s letter to the Hebrews, the Pope said our God forgives all our sins, always and without exception and He rejoices when somebody asks him for pardon. This God who pardons us, he continued, choose Jesus to set up a new pact with humanity and the cornerstone of this pact is forgiveness for our sins.

Read More ...
Pope advises Cardinals-designate: 'don't let promotion go to your head'
Pope advises Cardinals-designate: 'don't let promotion go to your head'

Pope Francis has sent a letter to each of the 20 clergymen who will be elevated to the College of Cardinals during the consistory on 14 February. In his letter, the Pope reminded the prelate"s that being a Cardinal is a vocation to serve and stressed the need to be humble. “Staying humble, whilst serving is not easy,” he said, when people consider the cardinalate “as a prize, or the peak of one’s career,” a dignified position of power or of superior distinction.

Read More ...
 Message for World Communications Day: Communicating the Family
Message for World Communications Day: Communicating the Family

The Vatican has issued Pope Francis’ Message for the 49th World Day of Social Communications, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter mirifica, 1963). The theme of this year’s message: 'Communicating the Family – a Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love'. The World Day of Social Communications is celebrated in almost all countries on the Sunday before Pentecost. The announcement came on the eve of 24 January, the feast of St Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, 

Read More ...
Pope tells Tribunal:  do not ensnare salvation in the constraints of legalism
Pope tells Tribunal: do not ensnare salvation in the constraints of legalism

Pope Francis yesterday received in audience the dean, prelate auditors, officials and collaborators of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, in order to inaugurate the legal year. In his address, the Holy Father focused on the human and cultural context in which matrimonial intent is formed. He emphasised that the crisis of values in society is not a recent phenomenon, and recalled that 40 years ago Pope Paul VI had already denounced the ailments of modern man,

Read More ...
Syria: Young people 'deliberately targeted' in Homs bomb blast
Syria: Young people 'deliberately targeted' in Homs bomb blast

Syrian university students in Homs were the target of a terror attack that left 15 people dead and at least 50 injured, according to a priest based in the city when the blast took place The car bomb exploded in a busy street in the centre of Homs – the third largest city in Syria – on Wednesday, 21 January around midday. Jesuit priest Father Ziad Hilal, who runs aid centres supported by Aid to the Church in Need, told the Catholic charity that Christians were among the victims even though al-Hadara Street, where the attack took place,

Read More ...
Burma: Religious Conversion Bill is major setback for religious freedom, human rights'
Burma: Religious Conversion Bill is major setback for religious freedom, human rights'

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has expressed profound concern that a new law restricting religious conversions, passed earlier this week by the upper house of Burma’s parliament, would be a major setback for religious freedom and human rights in the country. If implemented, the law will require anyone wishing to change their religion to apply for permission to an 11-member committee, consisting of officials responsible for religious affairs, immigration, women’s affairs and education.

Read More ...
US priest  faces threat of jail for refusing to break Seal of Confession
US priest faces threat of jail for refusing to break Seal of Confession

The US Supreme Court has refused to hear a petition from a Catholic diocese that is concerned that a civil lawsuit could try to force a priest to violate the Seal of Confession or go to jail. In the lawsuit a woman has claimed that when she was a minor in 2008 she told a priest in Confession that someone was abusing her. As the priest is unable to repeat what he has been told during the Sacrament, the priest and his diocese, applied to the court to be excused from testifying. In a statement the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana said:

Read More ...
New report reveals results of medical fact finding mission to Gaza
New report reveals results of medical fact finding mission to Gaza

No Safe Place - a new report published by Christian Aid partner Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR-Israel) highlights the indiscriminate use of large quantities of powerful explosives by Israeli forces during last summer’s 50-day conflict, and attacks on medical rescue teams. According to UNOCHA, 2,131 Palestinians were killed, 70 per cent of whom were civilians.  71 Israelis, including five civilians, were also killed, while 11,100 Palestinians and 724 Israelis (according to PHR-Israel) were wounded during the fighting.

Read More ...
Argentina: Bishops demand truth after prosecutor is murdered
Argentina: Bishops demand truth after prosecutor is murdered

Argentina's Catholic Bishops have demanded an investigation after the chief prosecutor in a case implicating the President in a cover-up. Prosecutor Alberto Nisma was found dead at home, killed by a gunshot to the head, on 19 January, the day he was due to present documents to Parliament with which he accused President Cristina Kirchner of having negotiated a secret agreement to guarantee impunity to some Iranian citizens accused in relation to the bombing of the AMIA Jewish association in 1994.

Read More ...
Finnish Catholics and Lutherans visit  Vatican
Finnish Catholics and Lutherans visit Vatican

A delegation of Catholics and Lutherans visited Rome today, Feast of St Henry patron saint of Finland,  during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In his address to the Finnish delegates, Pope Francis applauded the progress achieved in ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches over the last thirty years and said: “a shared Christian witness is very much needed in the face of the mistrust, insecurity, persecution, pain and suffering experienced so widely in today’s world.”

Read More ...
 US Cardinal urges Congress to support 'Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act'
US Cardinal urges Congress to support 'Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act'

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), urged support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when it comes before the US House of Representatives. The bill, HR 36, introduced by Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), proposes a ban on abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization. In a January 20 letter to the House, Cardinal O’Malley wrote

Read More ...
 Irish bishops call for prayers and support for Christians in the Holy Land
Irish bishops call for prayers and support for Christians in the Holy Land

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and Bishop Ray Browne both participated in a delegation of European bishops which travelled to the Holy Land from 10 - 15 January. The purpose of the pilgrimage was to promote prayer and support for the Christian community in the Holy Land, and to encourage peace and the building of human dignity. The delegation also had an opportunity to visit Trócaire-partners in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. On their return home from their recent visit, the two Irish bishops said:

Read More ...
Pope reflects on his visit to Sri Land and Philippines
Pope reflects on his visit to Sri Land and Philippines

Pope Francis gave thanks to the Lord for his pastoral visit to Sri Lanka and Philippines today in his address to pilgrims at the General Audience. Because of heavy rain, the gathering was held in the Paul VI Hall. The Holy Father recalled his journey last week mentioning the wealth of cultural and spiritual traditions of the Asian continent. He described his visit as a joy-filled encounter with the Catholic communities in the nations he visited and spoke of the occasion he had to encourage inter-religious dialogue a the service of peace, unity and social development.

Read More ...
Thai clinic offers lifeline to Burmese children
Thai clinic offers lifeline to Burmese children

We take our medical care for granted in the developed world. If a child is sick we rush them to the GP or hospital and they are treated immediately. The situation is very different in Myanmar (Burma). More than 20 years of rule under a military junta and internal conflicts have left the country with such a shortage of doctors, nurses, medicines and equipment that people have to travel great distances to get the most basic treatment and children are dying of quite treatable conditions.

Read More ...
Pope Francis: War must not be waged in the name of God
Pope Francis: War must not be waged in the name of God

Pope Francis has appealed for peace and reconciliation in Niger, where many churches and other Christian buildings have been destroyed by rioters protests over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Addressing the crowds at the weekly General Audience today, the Pope explicitly referred to brutalities perpetrated against Christians, children and churches. He invited everyone present to join him in praying for the victims of recent violence in Niger. The Holy Father said: "Let us ask the Lord – for the gift of reconciliation and peace.

Read More ...
Middle East: Refugees hit by more violent winter storms
Middle East: Refugees hit by more violent winter storms

The most violent winter storm for two decades swept across conflict-affected areas of the Middle East last week bringing heavy snow, rainfall, high winds and freezing temperatures. Syrians, Gazans, and Iraqis struggling to cope with war in their own countries or as refugees far from home are facing freezing weather conditions. “War has left us without any way to defend ourselves against the cold. We have no electricity most of the time, no fuel and no gas. We have no way to stay warm apart from putting on many layers of clothes,

Read More ...
Text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference returning from Philippines
Text of Pope Francis' in-flight press conference returning from Philippines

Speaking to journalists aboard the flight from Manila to Rome concluding his Asian pilgrimage yesterday, 19 January, Pope Francis discussed what he learned from Filipinos; his upcoming trip to Philadelphia and other US cities; how one can be a responsible parent without resorting to birth control; the colonization of gender ideology; and the possibility of a papal trip to Africa. 

Read a full transcript of the discussion between Pope Francis and journalists during Monday's flight

Read More ...
Nigeria: Bishop urges West to send  military  to defeat Boko Haram
Nigeria: Bishop urges West to send military to defeat Boko Haram

A Bishop whose diocese in north-east Nigeria has suffered most at the hands of Boko Haram, wants the West to send in military forces to defeat the militants. Describing how a strategically superior Boko Haram was now recruiting from countries across north Africa, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that Western military intervention was the only viable option in the fight against the militants, now allied to Islamic State. The bishop said Nigeria’s own military was weakened by incompetence, corruption and Boko Haram infiltration within its ranks.

Read More ...
Displaying Articles 1 - 25 of 5162
Prev - Next

Powered by Bondware
Newspaper Software | Website Builder