Brazilian archbishop robbed at gunpoint

Police are investigating after a Brazilian bishop was robbed at gunpoint in his home on Saturday. Archbishop Antônio Muniz, the Archbishop of Maceió, was at his residence in the Farol neighbourhood, awaiting the arrival of Deacon Inaldo Pitta, before the assault happened at around 5.40am. Archbishop Muniz and Deacon Pitta had planned to travel jointly to the Church of St Goncalo for Mass, but as they were leaving the house, three armed men in a vehicle approached them. Pointing guns, the robbers forced them inside before running through the house…

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Reading for Thursday, Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time Year A. Memorial: Saint Clare, Virgin. Liturgical Colour: white First Reading: (2Corinthians 9: 6-10) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 112: 1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9) Gospel: (John 12: 24-26)

First Reading: (2Corinthians 9: 6-10) Responsorial Psalm:  (Psalms 112: 1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9) Gospel: (John 12: 24-26)   First Reading: (2Corinthians 9: 6-10) Now this I say: He who soweth sparingly, shall also reap sparingly: and he who soweth in blessings, shall also reap blessings. Every one as he hath determined in his heart, not with sadness, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound in you; that ye always, having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good…

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18 New York parishes may soon be up for sale

The rusted gates at the Catholic Church of St. John the Martyr in Manhattan remained padlocked on Sunday, as they have since the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York closed them for the last time in 2015. This year would have been the church’s 130th anniversary as a house of worship, but the Church of St. John the Martyr is sacred no more. The church, on East 72nd Street on the Upper East Side, was one of 18 shuttered churches that the archdiocese deconsecrated recently, paving the way for the properties to…

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LOVE OF MONEY

LOVE OF MONEY Some economists define money with relation to that which it can purchase. In the human world, money often buys relationship, position and power, fame and wealth. Can one acknowledge the usefulness of money without loving money? What does the love of money imply? Is money evil? In my understanding, the “need” of money acknowledges the usefulness of money while the “want” of money indicates the love of money. To love money is to become a slave to money. When one becomes a slave to money, one could…

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Liberian Bishop urges faithful not to accept gifts from politicians

Andrew J. Karnley, Catholic Bishop of the Cape Palmas Diocese Liberia, has directed the faithful not to accept gifts from politicians seeking their vote. On 25 October 2017, Liberians will vote in Presidential and Legislative elections across the country. Africa’s first female President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who has led the country for the past ten years is not seeking a further mandate. Below is an article by Michael T. Biddle (Harper, Liberia): ‘No parish in the Diocese of Cape Palmas is to accept a gift from politicians,…

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Kenyans vote in general election

Kenyans went to the polls on Tuesday in a general election pitting the current President Uhuru Kenyatta against opposition leader Raila Odinga. Thousands of international observers have been monitoring the vote amid fears of a repeat of the violence that plagued the country following elections a decade ago. Long queues began forming before dawn at over 40,000 polling stations across the country as Kenyans turned out to cast their votes in the closely contested election. Although there are eight presidential candidates on the ballot paper, the real battle is between…

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