Easter massacre: extremists kill 10 people, including a pregnant woman and her baby in the womb
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(ZENIT News / Pankshin, Nigeria, 04.11.2024).- Suspected Fulani militants in Nigeria’s Middle Belt struck on Easter Monday (1st April), massacring 10 Christians including a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. The attack took place across three communities in St Thomas the Apostle Parish in Bokkos, Plateau State. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the Catholic charity for persecuted Christians, Father Andrew Dewan, director of communications in Pankshin Diocese where the violence took place, gave details of the atrocity. He said: “Last week there were violent attacks in ..read more
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5 ideas of the Pope on people with disabilities: building a culture of full inclusion
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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 04.11.2024).- On the morning of Thursday, April 11, Pope Francis received in a private audience, at the Apostolic Palace, the participants in the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The assembly focused on the theme “Disability and the Human Condition: Changing the Social Determinants of Disability and Building a New Culture of Inclusion.” Below is the translation into English of the Pope’s speech: *** I am pleased to welcome you, the members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, which was founded thirty years ago. Our thoughts go ..read more
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Pope Francis on pain, illness and true healing
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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 04.11.2024).- At the conclusion of the Annual Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope Francis received the participants at the Vatican. The Pontifical Biblical Commission is an entity of the Holy See that deals with three things: 1) effectively promoting among Catholics the study of the Bible; 2) countering erroneous opinions on matters relating to Sacred Scripture through scientific means; and 3) studying and shedding light on the debated issues and problems arising in the biblical field. Below is the translation into English of the Pope’s spee ..read more
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Following Research, British Government Makes Known Frightening Results of “Gender Change” in Minors
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(ZENIT News – SIR / Rome, 10.04.2024).- The news was on the front pages of British newspapers, from the progressive “The Guardian” to the conservative “The Telegraph,” and online sites, from the BBC to the “Daily Mail” tabloid. After four years, the renowned paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass, former president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, concluded her research on how the United Kingdom’s Health Service  and, in particular, London’s Tavistock Clinic, treated children with doubts about their sexual identity, often allowing them to change their sex too easily. The expert ..read more
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The cardinal virtue of fortitude explained by Pope Francis
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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 04.10.2024).- On the morning of Wednesday, April 10, the Pope held the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, where he delivered the thirteenth catechesis on vices and virtues, this time dedicated to the cardinal virtue of fortitude. Below is the translation into English of the Pope’s catechesis. *** Today’s catechesis is dedicated to the third of the cardinal virtues, namely fortitude. Let us begin with the description given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy i ..read more
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Israel: new attack on religious freedom: Israeli army detains young Christian woman in Palestinian area
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(ZENIT News – ICN / West Bank, Palestine, 04.10.2024).- The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury has called for the release of a young Christian woman who was arrested on April 9 by Israeli forces in the West Bank. In a message on X (formerly Twitter) The Archbishop wrote: “I’m shocked and deeply concerned by this news. Together with our Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters, I pray for Layan and her family – and for the congregation of St Peter’s Anglican Church in the Occupied West Bank. Please pray for Layan’s safety and swift release.” Richard Sewell, Dean of St George’s College, Jerusal ..read more
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Vatican in Vietnam, Vietnam in China: diplomacy on the move
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(ZENIT News – Asia News / Hanoi, 04.10.2024).- The Chairman of Vietnam’s National Assembly Vương Đình Huệ arrived in China on Sunday and has already held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has proposed greater cooperation between the two communist countries in the South China Sea and on a number of trade and development projects. Meanwhile, back in Vietnam, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Secretary for Relations with States (Vatican’s “foreign minister”) arrived today for a six-day visit, a historical first. Huệ’s is one Vietnam’s four “pillars” (along with the party chief, t ..read more
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Former Pornography Industry Star Is Baptized a Catholic at Easter 2024
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by Tim Daniels
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(ZENIT News / Los Angeles, 09.04.2024).- Bree Solstad, known previously as a star and “creator” of the pornography industry, has undergone a radical transformation and become a Catholic. Her Baptism took place at this year’s Easter Vigil, marking a significant milestone in her spiritual journey, Solstad, who was usually recognized on the X platform (previously Twitter) as “Miss B Converted,” announced her conversion on January 1, 2024, leaving her previous life behind and giving herself completely to her newly discovered faith. “I cried with great joy after receiving the Body and Blood of Jesu ..read more
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Film Recounts How Michael Jackson Came into Contact with Catholicism and His Admiration for John Paul II
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(ZENIT News / Rome, 09.04.2024).- A virtually unknown aspect of Michael Jackson was his faith. He was an admirer of John Paul II, as shown in Liana Marabini’s new film “A Gift of God.” The film recounts seven years of the life of the King of Pop, from 1982 to 1989, the time of Thriller, Billie Jean, Bad and other great successes. Michael Jackson, a Christian, was originally a Jehovah’s Witness, his mother’s faith. Enamoured of the Bible, which he knew by heart, he would give it to those that worked with him and taught them to pray. The filmmaker collected several testimonies of former collabor ..read more
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For the Time Being, Pope Francis Will Not Appoint the Vicar for Rome, the Diocese of Which He Is Bishop
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by Valentina di Giorgio
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(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 09.04.2024).- On Monday morning, April 8, Pope Francis held a meeting with the Council of Bishops of Rome, his diocese. Three days earlier, the Pope removed Cardinal Angelo De Donatis from the post of Vicar of the diocese of Rome (who in practice exercised the pastoral leadership of the diocese of Rome on behalf of the Pontiff), and also  a Jesuit who was an Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese. Cardinal De Donatis was appointed the new Major Penitentiary of the Catholic Church, and a post was created (inexistent up to now) for the Jesuit as the Pope’s Adviser of Co ..read more
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