Although released from prison, Syriac Orthodox monk Sefer Bileçen, arrested last January 9 by Turkish security forces on charges of offering help and coverage to PKK militants, the Kurdish worker party, which is banned and labeled a terrorist organization by the Turkish government and army, cannot leave his residence.
Many countries of the world combat surrogacy. And all who want to buy a baby in Europe, unfortunately, go to Ukraine today.
Joseph Stalin could have become a good Church leader if he had graduated from the Seminary and had not left the Church, the Educational Committee of the Russian Orthodox Church suggested, according to Interfax-religion.
The Oblates of Mary Immaculate in South Africa, OMISA are devastated by the death of Fr. Jozef (Jef) Hollanders, killed in a robbery in the parish of Bodibe, near Mahikeng, in the northwestern province of South Africa.
During the homily at Mass Thursday morning at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that Jesus is close to us: “His compassion will take upon itself our problems, our sins, our interior diseases”.
Pope Francis has appointed Dr Francesca Di Giovanni, currently an official of the Secretariat of State, as under-secretary for the Section for Relations with States. She will be responsible for the multilateral sector.
Pope Francis spoke in his homily this morning at Mass at the Casa Santa Marta about the harm done by “incoherent” Christians and “schizophrenic” pastors who do not bear witness and thus distance themselves from the Lord’s way of doing things, from His authentic “authority”.
“All minorities in Turkey agree on the fact that we are experiencing the most comfortable era during the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) administration”.
Hundreds of ethnic Serbs have rallied in the outskirts of Kosovo’s capital Pristina to protest against the alleged suppression of religious and other rights of Serbian minorities in neighboring Montenegro.
Pope Francis addressed the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer and spoke about how Christians today must adopt Jesus’ meek and simple attitude.
Pope Francis reflected this morning at his Mass at the Casa Santa Marta on the liturgical reading of the day, taken from the First Letter of St. John the Apostle, which focusses on the topic of love.
According to Pope Francis, we cannot “be Christians” if we are “sowers of war” in our family, in the neighbourhood and the workplace.
“Building Europe together: 50 years of the Holy See in the Council of Europe”. This is the central theme of the colloquium organised in the Faculty of Theology of the University of Strasbourg, from January 7 to 9, 2020.
The Primate of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and all Ukraine, believes that the Russian government of the Crimea is trying to completely oust the Ukrainian Church and compares the situation on the peninsula with “Stalin’s times”.
The Christian life is to remain in God, following the Holy Spirit and not the spirit of the world, which leads to corruption, and does not distinguish good from evil. Pope Francis resumed the morning celebration of Holy Mass at the Casa Santa Marta.
Serbian Orthodox Church authorities are reacting angrily to the passage in the Montenegrin Parliament of a law nationalising religious buildings.
The Famous French Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is undergoing an interval period of reconstruction following a disastrous fire in 2019 which damaged large parts of the cultural and architectural icon, including almost totally destroying its famed spire and roof.
“War brings only death and destruction.” Pope Francis spoke those words of warning on Sunday, following the Angelus prayer.
Agenzia Fides continues its service to collect information regarding the missionaries killed during the year.
The Shroud of Turin, believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus, will be publicly displayed again on the occasion of the Taizé Community’s next annual meeting of Europe’s youth in Turin, Italy, in December 2020.
Pope Francis constantly reminds us that the most important task is to proclaim the Gospel. 2019 saw him doing exactly that.
“The Holy See fully supports Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Cardinal Secretary of State of Vatican Pietro Parolin said at the event held in Tbilisi City Assembly (Sakrebulo) yesterday (December 29).
Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic signed bitterly contentious legislation on religion and faith into law on December 28.
The Montenegro parliament adopted on Friday a controversial religious bill which sparked public outrage.
Thousands of young people are currently converging on the Polish city of Wrocław for the 42nd European Meeting of Young People, sponsored by the Taizé Community, which is taking place from 28 December 2019 through 1 January 2020.
Fifteen months ago Father Luigi Maccalli, a priest of the Society for African Missions was kidnapped in Niger, in September 2018.
Two documents are destined to make a lasting mark: Pope Francis has abolished the pontifical secret in the case of sexual violence and the abuse of minors committed by members of the clergy.