This category has stories from parishes, dioceses, religious orders and community groups all over the world. It also includes stories on specific topics such as the Vatican, the Pope, missionaries, aid projects, aid agencies, health & natural disasters.

Philippines: Cardinal Tagle opens churches to flood survivors

Relief supplies being distributed in Manila

About 1.1 million people have been affected by severe flooding over the weekend in the Philippine capital Manila and surrounding areas.

Catholic churches were opened to accommodate thousands of people driven from their homes overnight by rising waters.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, ordered parishes to open their churches and urged people to help anyone in need. He also ca...

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Sabeel Wave of Prayer for the Holy Land - 13 August 2018

An Icon on the barrier wall surrounding Bethlehem

For more than four months Palestinians have continued to protest in the 'Great March of Return' rallies along the border between Gaza and Israel. They are calling for their right to return to their homelands. On Friday, August 3rd a Palestinian man, Ahmed Yaghi, was shot and killed by the Israeli army. According to Palestinian health officials at least 220 others were wounded during the protest...

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Letter from Turkana - Harvest Time

Lillian Omari from the Missionary Community of St Paul the Apostles in northwest Kenya writes:

At Nariokotome Mission and at all the other MCSPA missions, cultivation of vegetables and fruit, livestock and poultry farming is one of the five main elements that we focus on. We try and produce food for the mission personnel and also to feed the children at our nutritional...

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Pakistan: Catholic elected to Provincial Assembly

Catholic layman Anthony Naveed has become the only Christian member elected in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh, southern Pakistan. Chosen by the Pakistan People Party (PPP), he will be present in the Provincial Assembly of Sindh in the period from 2018 to 2023. Other political parties have chosen Hindu candidates for the other seats reserved for religious minorities in the Assembly.

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Pope Francis: 'It is evil not to do good!'

In his address to pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis said being a good Christian is more than merely not doing evil - A good Christian does good and actively opposes evil."

The Pope was reflecting on the day's Second Reading, in which St Paul tells the faithful not to sadden the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30-5:2).

Saddening the Holy Spirit, he ex...

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Pope encourages young people to 'run towards Jesus'

More than 70,000 young Italians gathered in Rome's Circus Maximus for a meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday evening.

The Pope encouraged them "to run towards Jesus" and their brothers and sisters "with hearts full of love, faith, and joy.He told them a slow pace would not do on life's journey of faith, only "a quick step and daring leaps"... "courage is needed" he said, "to dream and ma...

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Peru: Jesuit priest killed

Father Carlos Riudavets Montes

A Spanish Jesuit missionary priest working amng the indigenous people in Peru's Amazonia regions has been killed. The body of Father Carlos Riudavets Montes was found on Friday morning with his hands tied and several stab wounds lying in the kitchen of the Valentín Salegui school he ran in Yamakai-entsa district in the Amazonian jungle province of Bagua.

The priest's body was discovered ...

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Argentina rejects voluntary abortion law

In a victory for pro-life advocates in Argentina, the country's Senate rejected a bill on Thursday to legalize voluntary abortion into the 14th week of pregnancy.

Hours of heated debate and impassioned pleas ended with a 38 to 31 vote against the measure. The bill had narrowly passed the lower house in July. Senators from Argentina's northern regions led the campaign against le...

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Philippines: Bishop welcomes new teaching on death penalty

A Filipino Catholic Church official has welcomed the change made by Pope Francis to the Catechism of the Catholic Church declaring death penalty as "inadmissible", and has reiterated the call by the country's Catholic Church against the government's plan to bring back capital punishment.

"The purpose of punishment is rehabilitation and not vengeance," stressed Manila Auxiliary Bishop Brod...

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Indonesia: Agencies rush aid to earthquake zone

Thousands of people have been affected by the earthquake which shook the tourist island of Lombok on 5 August. More than 105 people were killed, many have been injured. Many more have lost their homes.

Sister Paulina of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit told Fides that Catholic hospitals across the country have sent medical staff, including doctors an...

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Ethiopia: Churches burned, priests killed in Somali region

At least seven Orthodox churches have been attacked and set on fire, and six priests and several faithful have been killed in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Clashes began at the end of last week, when armed men of the Liyu militia, of ethnic Somali and under the orders of Abdi Illey (President of the Somali Region) tried to interrupt a meeting between members of the regional parliament an...

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Jerusalem: Ecumenical Centre statement on Israel Nation-State Law

The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre has issued the following statement today, in response to Israel's new Nation-State Law.

On Thursday, July 19, 2018 the Israeli Knesset passed its Nation-State law with a vote of 62 to 55. For its supporters, the law reflects Israel as a strong state that defines its identity as Jewish. For those who oppose it, it validates Israel a...

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Sarajevo: Doing Ethics in a Global Church

Jesuit delegates at CTEWC  Image: Prem Xalxo SJ

Anthony Egan SJ, has just returned from Bosnia-Herzegovina where he attended The Third International Conference of Catholic Theological Ethics in a World Church.

The conference is a major gathering of the world's ethicists and offered Catholic theologians the world over the opportunity to reflect on some of the great moral challenges of our time: the crises in ecology and political govern...

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