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In Egypt, the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox-Christians have been told to halt all church activities & events held outside the churches this month because of credible security threats. This warning was issued quietly after the attack by the Islamic State on Christians traveling to a monastery in Egypt that killed 29 people in May. Sources are ...read more
I’d like to start with a quick review the Pope’s address to pilgrims at St. Peter’s square during his weekly Sunday Angelus prayer. The Pope recalled the Gospel reading of the day, the famous parable of the sower and explained that the sower is Jesus, but the parable itself, concerns us as it speaks of the soil and ...read more
The former head of the Vatican’s doctrine office has denied a recently published story that claims that he was dismissed by Pope Francis due to differences of opinion on doctrinal matters. German media, OnePeterFive, cites a “trustworthy German source” who quoted an “eyewitness” who “apparently” recently sat with Cardinal Müller at lunch and “allegedly” heard the cardinal’s ...read more
As of yesterday, there is officially a 4th pathway to possible sainthood. In a new apostolic letter issued in Rome yesterday, the Pope approved new norms, allowing for candidates to now be considered for sainthood because of the heroic way they freely risked their lives and died, as a result of an extreme act of ...read more
In Venezuela, the country’s bishops are claiming that the Venezuelan government aims to install a “military dictatorship, that is socialist, Marxist and communist.” The Catholic Church in Venezuela and the Venezuelan government have a long history of tension, but the comments by the president of the bishops’ conference refer to a process initiated by Venezuelan ...read more
In Rome today, Pope Francis, before his weekly Angelus, reflected on Matthew’s Gospel passage: “Come to me, all you who are weary & burdened, and I will give you rest.” Although there have been problems and complaints in the past, the Vatican-owned Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital is working to resolve them. This statement from  Vatican ...read more