Don’t let war force you from Holy Land, Franciscan leader tells friars
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by Elise Ann Allen/ Crux
19h ago
ROME – The leader of the worldwide Franciscan order, has appealed to his fellow Franciscans to stay put in the Holy Land despite rising tensions and threats to physical safety due to the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas on the Gaza Strip. Speaking in an interview with the Franciscan-run Custodia magazine, Father Massimo Fusarelli said after a recent visit to the region that the members of the Franciscan order living in the Holy Land were “better than I thought,” despite the current circumstances. He said his first words to friars living in the region were, “Please, brothers, stay ..read more
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Terrorists murder catechist in Burkina Faso
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by Amy Balog
19h ago
A catechist has been abducted and killed by suspected terrorists in Fada N’gourma, east Burkina Faso. Edouard Yougbare’s lifeless body was discovered in Saatenga parish yesterday, according to local reports received by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). John Pontifex of ACN (UK) said: “Edouard gave his life on the front line of persecution. He is a martyr who offered his life for God and in service of his community. “At a time when Burkina Faso has become one of the world’s worst hotspots of persecution, where nobody can feel truly safe, we at Aid to the Church in Need stand in ..read more
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Pope reforms Vatican legal system following ‘trial of the century’
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by The Catholic Herald
22h ago
Pope Francis has issued a new decree which creates a system of civil liability for judges and prosecutors parallels one which has existed in Italy since 1988. Among other things, the new system theoretically could be used by one or more of the nine defendants in the Vatican’s recent “trial of the century,” which pivoted on a controversial $400 million London real estate deal. Those convicted include Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, a former papal chief of staff, who has long proclaimed his innocence. Most English-language news coverage regarding the motu proprio, meaning a legal decree issued o ..read more
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Finnish MP to stand trial for third time for tweeting Bible verse
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by The Catholic Herald
2d ago
Former government minister and sitting Finnish parliamentarian Päivi Räsänen will stand trial a third time for her Bible-verse tweet, the Supreme Court of Finland has confirmed. The State prosecutor appealed the case despite the Christian grandmother of 11 being acquitted unanimously of “hate speech” charges before both the Helsinki District Court, and the Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear that appeal on a date to be set in the future. Räsänen, who previously served as Finland’s Minister of the Interior, stands criminally charged for sharing her faith-based views on marriag ..read more
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Twenty-nine Nigerian Christians slaughtered in three-day pogrom
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by The Catholic Herald
2d ago
Suspected Fulani Islamist militants carried out on a three-day massacre in Pankshin Diocese in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, killing 29 Christians, injuring a further two, and burning down churches and houses. The attacks took place across the villages of Kopnanle, Mandung, Bokkos Town and the Mbar district of Bokkos. Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic charity for persecuted Christians, Father Andrew Dewan, director of communications in Pankshin Diocese, gave exclusive details about the attack. He said: “The attacks started on Friday and carried on right through Saturday and in ..read more
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No justice for Pakistan’s Christians eight months after atrocity, British Parliament told
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by The Catholic Herald
2d ago
THE UK Parliament has heard from a leading Catholic charity how the victims of the worst atrocity against Christians in Pakistan are still anxiously waiting for justice eight months on. The address from John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need UK, the Catholic charity for persecuted Christians, was given at a panel discussion hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Freedom of Religion or Belief in the House of Commons, Westminster. DUP MP for Strangford Jim Shannon chaired the event, and in attendance was Fleur Anderson, the Labour MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields, as well a ..read more
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INTERVIEW: George Farmer on his Catholic Faith and being married to a US media star
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by Thomas Edwards
2d ago
I met George Farmer, entrepreneur, former CEO of Parler, and husband to US media personality and commentator Candace Owens, after the Good Friday Passion at the Brompton Oratory. We were introduced through mutual friends, and he was keen to meet in person to discuss a potential interview. “I have prayed on it, and I am going to do it,” he said, allowing me to relax into our appropriately dull Good Friday soft drink-based session. Farmer had previously made a commitment to staying out of the media, so the decision was not made lightly. “Besides, the Herald is my favourite magazine,” he added, a ..read more
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Young women becoming increasingly irreligious in US
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by James Jeffrey
3d ago
Young women are leaving US Churches in “unprecedented numbers”, according to a new survey from the American Enterprise Institute. It demonstrates, argues Carmel Richardson in The American Conservative, what some have already begun to speculate: that as young women move politically left as a group, they also become more irreligious. AEI’s survey of some 5,500 Americans of various ages examined the sexed breakdown of which Americans are leaving churches of every denomination due to being “disaffiliated”. According to the survey, older generations, such as Millennials, Generation Xers ..read more
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CAFOD blames IMF’s ‘devastating’ role in global debt crisis
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by Charles Collins/Crux
3d ago
As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank hold their Spring meeting, a leading Catholic international aid group says the world is sinking “deeper into a global sovereign debt crisis”. The world’s two leading financial behemoths are meeting in Washington, DC, from 15-20 April. But while their respective representatives and experts meet and confer to supposedly crunch the numbers on our behalf and for the world’s benefit, critics point to IMF policies as hurting efforts to end the global economic crisis. Maria Finnerty, Economic Justice Policy Lead at CAFOD – the official aid ..read more
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‘A daring raid deep inside the monarchy’: Netflix dramatisation of Prince Andrew’s infamous interview
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by Julia Hamilton
3d ago
Last month Netflix aired its latest production to do with the British royal family; no, not another series of The Crown, but a drama “based on real events, fictionalised for dramatic purposes” – plus ca change, then – of the bombshell Newsnight interview Emily Maitlis famously conducted with Prince Andrew on 16 November 2019, concerning his long friendship with the convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein. The drama, directed by Philip Martin (also of The Crown, interestingly), is based on the first three chapters of a book by Sam McAlister, Newsnight’s then-booker ..read more
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