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Catholic Church statistics 2018

The Blue Marble - taken during Apollo 17 lunar mission 1972

For the 92nd World Mission Day tomorrow, Fides News Service publish the annual statistics chosen to give a picture of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the 'Church's Book of Statistics' for 2016, regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education. Please note that variations, compared with last year's fig...

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Westminster J&P reports on Romero canonisation

'Decernimus' or 'We so decree', said Pope Francis, concluding the surprisingly simple ritual which added Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and five others to the canon of the saints of the Catholic Church on Sunday October 14th 2018. 70,000 people were in Rome to participate in the Mass and canonisation process. It was a great joy to take part in a pilgrimage organised by tour operator Anthony Coles a...

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Cameroon: At least two dead as church collapses under heavy rain

At least two people died on Wednesday evening, when the church of Sainte Marceline de Minkan in Odza, a suburb of the capital of Cameroon, Yaoundé, collapsed under heavy rain. People had gathered in the church to pray the Rosary.

According to Fr Félix Désiré Amougou, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Yaoundé, the provisional toll of the tragedy is two dead, four injured, and one miss...

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In You Lord, I have put my trust - friend recalls Bl Jerzy Popieluszko

Canon Banaszkiewicz at grave of Bl Jerzy Popieluszko

Today is the feastday of Bl Jerzy Popieluszko, the young Polish priest and chaplain to workers in the Solidarity trade union, who was killed by communist government agents on 19 October 1984. His friend, Canon Czeslaw Banaszkiewicz, spoke about his life in an interview with Lukasz Krzysztofka,Przewodnik Katolicki - translated here by Bozena Karol.

When and where did you meet Fath...

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Canada: Bishops statement on legalisation of cannabis

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has expressed concern over the legalisation of cannabis in Canada this week, for recreational use. The full statement follows.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) expresses its disappointment at the passage of Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis/marijuana for recreational use. Given the numerous known risks cannabi...

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Burma/Myanmar: Army in crackdown on Christians

UWSA army flag

Within the past week, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) has expelled a group of eight Catholic clergy and laypeople from the Wa region in Burma's Shan State, which is near the Chinese border. The case is the latest indicator of an increasing crackdown on Christians in the region.

Two priests, three nuns, and three lay teachers were expelled following an expulsion order issued on 12 October ...

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Jerusalem: Catholic cemetery desecrated again

The cemetery of the Salesian Monastery at Beit Jamal, (Beit Gemal) near Beit Shemesh west of Jerusalem, was badly vandalised yesterday, Wednesday 17, 2018, by unknown assailants, who destroyed many tombs and smashed several crosses.

This incident comes two years after similar vandalism that targeted the same cemetery and one year after the desecration of the church at the Monastery last ...

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World Mission Sunday - Helping build a future of hope in Ethiopia

Ethiopia first hit the headlines in the 1980s when a devastating famine caused the starvation of a million people. Thankfully, much has changed since then but despite the recent economic growth, Ethiopia remains one of the poorest countries in the world.

World Mission Sunday is on 21 October 2018. Missio, the Pope's official charity for overseas mission, is appealing to the faithful of En...

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Pope Francis: Indifference kills

Yesterday's General Audience took place in an overcast St Peter's Square before thousands of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. The Holy Father continued his reflections on the Ten Commandments, this time focusing on the Fifth: "Do not kill". Pope Francis said that, read in the context of St John's Gospel, "Jesus reveals a deeper meaning of this commandment". Even anger a...

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Remembering Oscar Romero

Yesterday, a friend for whom canonization is a foreign concept, asked me what Oscar Romero's is about. A number of people reached out to say they enjoyed my response. This is a fragment of that response: It's about celebrating the life, love, courage, and martyrdom of one of the most Christ-like people who have ever lived.

I lived and worked in El Salvador for about 10 years,...

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Holy Land: Catholic J&P Commission condemn demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

People gather for evening prayer in Khan al Ahmar, October 2018. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has issued the following statement strongly condemning the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

Since the 1980s, Israel has been actively attempting to transfer the Jahalin Bedouin from their homes in East Jerusalem to areas in the vicinity of Jericho. The reason for this transfer is to allow for the...

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Holy Land: Tensions grow at Khan al Ahmar as bulldozers arrive

Khan al-Ahmar school, built in 2009 with mud and old tyres, serves over  150 students, aged 6-15, from five villages who have no other access to education.

Bulldozers arrived yesterday at Khan Al-Ahmar, preparing to raze the Bedouin village - near the site of the Inn of the Good Samaritan - with its homes, school and clinic, to the ground. Palestinian, Israeli and foreign supporters have been trying to form a human wall to stop the army from reaching the houses. Yesterday at least seven people were injured and four were briefly detained. Today one...

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Westminster: Asia Bibi's daughter makes emotional appeal for her mother's release

image: Weensom Oo/ACN

The daughter of a Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan broke down in tears as she told Aid to Church in Need friends and benefactors in London how she longs to be reunited with her mother. With her father, Ashiq Masih, consoling her as her voice broke, 18-year-old Eisham Ashiq described how she witnessed the incident nine years ago when her mother - desperate ...

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Pope meets President of Poland

President Andrzej Duda of Poland is in Rome to mark the 40th anniversary of the election of St. John Paul II on October 16. Pope Francis on Monday received in private audience in the Vatican President Andrzej Duda of Poland. Duda then held a meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Galag...

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