Pope Francis Video Text: How many people are being persecuted because of their faith, forced to abandon their homes, their places of worship, their lands, their loved ones! I ask you: how many of you pray for persecuted Christians? Do it with me, that they may be supported by the prayers and material help of all the Churches and communities.
(WSJ, By Nicolas Parasie) For the 74-year-old pastor from Hawaii, his trip to Israel was the culmination of a lifelong dream. But the route’s end—at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem—was so packed with other pilgrims that he and his flock turned back. “On the way of the cross, Jesus had to suffer,” Mr. Mbinda … Read More
(CNA/EWTN News, by Elise Harris).- Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good. The Pope Feb. 17 prayed for “our brother Copts, whose throats were slit for the sole reason of being … Read More
The power of the heart – Researchers of Truth: Intervention of the Custos of the Holy Land at the Rimini Meeting 2014 _________ (FMC) (online editor note: for brief summary of some important points, read bold, italics) It is not easy in a short time and in a place such as this, to enter a subject that is so vast … Read More
(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis’ envoy from Aug. 12-20. Erbil, where more … Read More
(CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians’ faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide … Read More
(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father’s prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence. In the statement, Fr. Lombardi says, “The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming … Read More