Says Decline of Young Population, Aging Society Signify Disappearance of Local Communities
A Japanese Bishop is decrying how his nation's population is dropping to historic lows. According to AsiaNews,Bishop Isao Kikuchi of Niigata has released a statement in which heexplains how the aging populationis currently the most urgent problem for the country, which threatens to collapsethe pension system...
Also Arrest Local Imam Who Tried to Incite Crowd Against Police
In Pakistan, police have savedaChristian family accused of blasphemyfrom being lynched, reported Fides. There had been a new accusation of blasphemy in the town of Farooqabad, in Punjab, against young man, Awais Qamar, which followed when neighbors saw him use a piece of cloth as a mat on the floor of his hou...
Denounces Violence Against Priests, Religious
The Bishop of theMexican diocese where three elderly nuns were assaultedhascondemned the violence against religious and members of the clergy. In a statement, Bishop Oscar Armando Campos Contrerasof the Diocese of Tehuantepec, along with his clergy,decry theacts "perpetrated against three religious elderly...
Environmental Encyclical Underscores Importance of the “Golden Rule of Social Conduct”
One of the enduring lessons from the most recent Papal Encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), is the simple notion that the “natural environment is a collective good.” Although simple, this profound concept has broad ramifications and is key to understanding how an encyclical about the environment is related t...
Quote for July 3rd
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible."
- St. Thomas Aquinas
During General Audience, Speaks on Wounds Within Families
Reaffirming the value of marriage,Pope Francis has spoken about the sufferings within families and how this can take atoll on children. Continuing his catecheses on the family during his …read more
Auxiliary Bishop Yaldo of Baghdad, Speaks on Challenges of Evangelizing Amid Persecution
An extraordinary testimony of Christian faith in a time of persecution was given at the end of the meeting “Pellegrini nel Cyberspazio” (Pilgrims in Cyberspace) (Grottammare-Ascoli Piceno, …read more
"Disagreements on various subjects – in particular anthropological, ethical and social issues, as well as issues related to the understanding of the nature and conditions of the unity we seek – demand further sustained efforts. Our dialogue must continue!"
Here is the text of the Pope's Message to Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, on the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Joint Working …read more
Justice and Peace Council President Gives ZENIT In-Depth Look at ‘Laudato Si’
Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson has suggested that Pope Francis and his encyclical intend to promote the nobility of business—as Pope Francis has recognized in the past—and to warn against …read more
On Sunday, thousands of Christians joined in prayer at the Church of the Multiplication, located near the Sea of Galilee. The historic, site of Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand, …read more
Working Document Summarizes Extraordinary Synod and Responses to Questions Sent Out in December 2014
The Vatican published the Instrumentum Laboris for the upcoming General Ordinary Synod on "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World”. An instrumentum …read more
Q: Is it ever permitted to give a communicant more than one Eucharistic host at a time? The question arose because when taking Communion to the sick in a nursing home, sometimes one of the …read more
Chose to Spend Final Moments With Missionaries of Charity
Sister Nirmala Joshi, the first successor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, passed away. According to religious news agency Matters India, Sr. Nirmala suffered from kidney failure and other …read more