(Vatican News) Christmas in officially recognised as an official, annual holiday in Iraq, just months before Pope Francis is due to visit the country on his Apostolic Journey.
(CNA) The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on Jan. 1, and Epiphany to accommodate more worshipers amid the pandemic.
(CNA) A Catholic bishop presided Saturday at a funeral Mass for 640 unborn children in Poland.
Joaquim Magalhães de Castro We are still in the Ulithi atoll… The pilot Bernardo de Egui, mentioned in last week’s chronicle, assures us that the men of the six canoes who came to the ship Santo Domingo had long beards, in line with what is described in a letter referring to Egui’s trip written by Martín de Urzúa and Arizmendi,…
(Ucan News) Carmelite Father Peter Hinde and Mercy Sister Betty Campbell often share an anecdote when receiving foreign visitors at Casa Tabor, the home in a modest Ciudad Juarez neighborhood near the US border where they’ve lived, worked and welcomed visitors for 25 years.
(CNA) When 90-year-old Cardinal Christian Tumi was interrogated in captivity by armed separatists in Cameroon last week, he calmly told his captors that he had been called by God to preach only what is true.
(CNA) A conflict between the Ethiopian government and the government of Ethiopia’s Tigray region must halt immediately, or it will destroy more lives and turn the country into a “failure,” Ethiopia’s Catholic bishops have said.
Maria Kwak In the year 1611, the funeral of Matteo Ricci took place at Zhalan on All Saint’s Day. Ricci was the first European to enter the Forbidden City in 1601 upon the invitation of Emperor Wanli (r. 1572-1620). Just like a picturesque three-fold panel, the Jesuits witnessed the dedication and opening of the Zhalan compound being commemorated on the…
(Vatican News) The World Day of the Poor was instituted in 2016 by Pope Francis and is celebrated annually on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Robaird O’CearbhaillHong Kong Correspondent Joe Biden recovered from terrible family tragedies twice. Only days into being elected into the US Senate, his wife and daughter were killed and sons seriously injured. While in Washington setting up his office his family was involved in a car accident. Soon after he wanted to abandon politics but decided to do it the hard…