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January 29, 2019
January 29, 2019
Pakistan’s Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of Christian woman Asia Bibi on blasphemy charges. The country’s top court upheld its decision to overturn Bibi’s conviction and death sentence in October. She was originally convicted in 2010 for allegedly insulting the Islamic prophet Mohammed during an argument with her neighbours. Her acquittal
January 29, 2019
The first new Catholic church in Cuba since the the country’s revolution 60 years ago was inaugurated on Saturday. Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Sandino, 45 miles southwest of Pinar del Rio, was inaugurated on January 26. It is the first of three new parishes to be completed; the other two will be in
January 29, 2019
Sacred music has a special role in the Catholic liturgy, and Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon has written a pastoral letter reflecting on how Catholics can help provide the best music for Mass. “We should always aim high to offer God the best and the most beautiful music of which we are capable,”
January 29, 2019
A pro-choice Irish legislator has been denied the reception of Holy Communion, after he announced that he had voted in favor of measures that allow for abortion in Ireland. Robert Troy, the member of parliament, or Teachta Dala, for the Irish constituency of Longford-Westmeath, revealed in a December interview that he voted to repeal the
January 29, 2019
The 15th international World Youth Day ended on Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis attended by hundreds of thousands of young people from around the world. At the end of the January 27 Mass, it was announced that the next World Youth Day will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in 2022. Portuguese president
January 29, 2019
Pope Francis has said that he is “terrified of a bloodbath” in Venezuela (full text). Sunday’s church bombing must not derail the peace process in the southern Philippines, an archbishop has said. The Russian Orthodox Church has opened almost 1,000 new parishes a year since 2009. John Haught defends the reputation of Pierre Teilhard de
January 29, 2019
I ended a previous blog discussing The Cut Out Girl by Bart Van Es, by quoting a letter written in 1942 by the mother of the young Dutch Jewish girl, Lien de Jong, as she was forced to surrender her only child into the hands of strangers in order to save her life from the
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