Category Archives: World

ANTI-DIVORCE CAMPAIGN EXPANDS IN THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

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PHILIPPINES

(Agenzia Fides) – More than 77 Catholic organizations across the country have expressed their strong opposition to the divorce bill in the Philippines (identified as House Bill 7303). Agenzia Fides has learned that a forum of Catholic movements has drawn up a document entitled “No to divorce: it is unconstitutional, it is contrary to Christian faith and is anti-family and anti-children,” spreading it in schools, community parishes, associations.

Religious Heritage In Cape Verde Islands

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Driven by the slave trade and the fertility of its soils, Santiago has remained the center of the economic, social and political life of the archipelago of Cape Verde since the arrival of the caravel of Diogo Afonso (the official discoverer of that island), in 1460.

NEWS BRIEFS

 Tej Francis

ROME, ITALY

Young people bring faith, simplicity to meditations for papal Via Crucis

(CNA/EWTN News) As the Vatican gears up for the Synod on youth in October, Pope Francis has chosen a group of Italian high school students to write the meditations for his Good Friday Way of the Cross at the Colosseum. The Pope tasked religion teacher Andrea Monda with choosing and coordinating the 15 students, who attend a classical high school in Rome.

MACAU AND HONG KONG REPRESENTED AT THE UNIV CONGRESS 2018, ROME

Image Caption: The baptism of Petrus.
P.D.O. with J.M.O.M. and Rome Reports

Young people in the heart of Catholicism

“I urge you all to experience the university years as integral preparation for service to others, being testaments to happiness and the values of faith,” Pope Francis said last March 28 during the general audience, including 2,500 young people who took part in the UNIV Congress 2018.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM IN ROME – Christ’s Vicar in the peripheries

Image Caption: Pope Francis waves to the faithful after the Urbi et Orbi (“to the city and to the world”) message and blessing on Easter Sunday. (Photo: Vatican/AFP)

(RomeReports) Like every Holy Week, Pope Francis chose the peripheries to celebrate the day of brotherly love and the Institution of the Eucharist.

The Pope celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at Regina Coeli Prison in Rome. There, the Holy Father explained to the prisoners that, just like Jesus washed the feet of His Disciples, the inmates had also been chosen.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – The masons of Prester John

Joaquim Magalhães de castro

I learned about Ethiopia and its historical relationship with Portugal – the first European interlocutor of the mythical Christian kingdom – thanks to a little book by Elaine Sanceau that I discovered in a bookstore, a good number of years ago.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DON NICOLA BUX – Renewal will come from the heart

Aurelio Porfiri

There are many liturgists who have lost the sense of the sacred and the sense of the dignity of the liturgy. This is why we are living the present liturgical crisis. One of those who has resisted the decay is Don Nicola Bux, a liturgy professor from Bari (south Italy). His books are certainly a landmark for all those who still care for the beauty, for the importance, for the necessity of reverent liturgies. One of his most recent books is Con i sacramenti non si scherza (“Let us not make fun of the Sacraments,” 2016 Cantagalli).

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Tej Francis

BEIJING, CHINA

With lifelong rule by Xi Jinping, how will Christians fare in China?

(CNA/EWTN News) This month’s meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, convened March 5, has confirmed a constitutional change eliminating term limits and allowing President Xi Jinping to stay in power beyond 2023. Xi, who assumed office in March 2013, has overseen a national campaign to demolish churches and remove more than 1,000 crosses from China’s churches during his first five year term as president, leaving human rights advocates wondering what his latest consolidation of power means for the future of religious freedom in China.

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – The Golden Goa

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

Built in the reign of king Dom Sebastião, the cathedral of Goa impresses with its size. It forces us to pull our head back in amazement at its classical façade of the 36 meters and its interior measuring 76 meters long and 55 wide. Or even the not so usual (in such constructions) height and width of the central nave of this temple containing authentic treasures in the form of carved retables, statues and paintings (all of a clear Western influence?) To those who are not satisfied, add to the aforementioned all the exuberance and color of the ornaments that make up the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Tej Francis

INDIA

Catholic mission hospital, nuns attacked in central India

(UCAN news) Suspected Hindu activists demolished the wall of a Catholic mission hospital and manhandled staff including nuns in the latest incident in Madhya Pradesh state, considered a hotbed of anti-Christian violence in central India. Some 60 people with the help of a bulldozer razed the boundary wall of 44-year-old Pushpa Mission Hospital in the temple town of Ujjain on March 12. They blocked its emergency entrance and destroyed equipment including power generators.