In December 2019, the Lao government reversed the situation by passing a law that guarantees the rights of Christians to practice their faith without being disturbed, after decades of persecution. However, this law has been little publicized and is practically not applied in the interior of the country where Christians continue to face discrimination from some provincial officials.
It is important to note that while the Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage, it also teaches that individuals with same-sex attractions should be treated with respect, dignity, and compassion.
Let us re-reflect on this passage: The master entrusts his possessions to the most trusted servants. He knows their abilities, attitudes, competences, and according to these, he establishes how much to assign to each. This gentleman is clearly Christ who, before leaving the world, handed over all his goods to his disciples.
Clement of Rome was the fourth pope (the third successor of Peter after Linus and Cletus). Different authors vary on the exact dates of his reign as pope, but he could have been in office as early as 88 and died as late as 101 AD.
Created 130 years ago, the Brotherhood of Saint Anthony ushered in a new era by updating its statutes. The improved regulations bring up to date the set up of the fellowship, breathing a new life into the mission of organizing worship and devotion to Saint Anthony. The major change introduced by the amendment concerns the statutory rectification of a practice that became commonplace over the years, that of allowing sisters into the Brotherhood.
With the opening of the Holy Year in all parishes on the 24th of last month, the Catholic Church in the Arabian Peninsula marked the martyrdom of Saint Arethas and his other companions who are venerated today in all Catholic and Orthodox churches in the region.
The French priest, who recently visited Macau, was invited by the University of Saint Joseph to address some of the main challenges that Catholicism faces nowadays and the way they might jeopardize the credibility of the Church.
Everything good we do for the sake of Christ gives us the presence of the Holy Spirit, but prayer, which is always within our reach, is a privileged way of helping others in need. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land, both Palestinians and Israelis.
If the coin had to be “returned” to Caesar because on it was stamped the face of his master, the human person must be “returned” to God. The human person is the only creature on whom the face of God is imprinted. They are sacred and no one can take them as their own. Those who make them their own (enslave, oppress, exploit, dominate, use them as objects…) should immediately return them to their Lord.
In the era of Saint Paul, the term “father” signified a teacher or mentor. As the Church grew and the mantle of teaching became primarily a bishop’s duty, they too were addressed as ‘Father’. In this article, we shall learn about the evolution of the term ‘Church Father’ and its significance.