Cdl Sarah: I just met with Benedict over priestly celibacy book, no ‘misunderstanding between us’

In a series of three tweets today, Cardinal Robert Sarah attempted to settle once and for all the controversy that has swirled around his and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s co-authorship of a book on priestly celibacy. Some had accused Sarah of manipulating Pope Benedict, said that Benedict was not really a co-author of “From the Depths of Our Hearts” (De Profondeurs de nos cœurs), and said that the Pope Emeritus’ name did not actually belong on the cover. The fire of controversy seemed destined to become a full-fledged conflagration when…

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Nigeria: Terrorists Kill Christian Bride-to-Be, Bridesmaids on Their Way to Wedding

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists killed a woman and her bridal party in northeast Nigeria days before her planned New Year’s Eve wedding, and eight other Christians were killed in separate attacks, sources said. Morning Star News reports that Martha Bulus and her two bridesmaids were stopped on Dec. 26 as they made their way from Gwoza, Borno state to Martha Bulus’ hometown in Adamawa state for her wedding, were ordered from their vehicle, identified as Christians and then beheaded, church leaders said. Eight other Christians were killed in the same…

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Founder of Protestant movement returns to Catholic Church

The founder of a prominent non-denominational movement in India has returned to the Catholic faith of his baptism, after more than a decade as a Pentecostal pastor and travelling preacher. Sajith Joseph, 36, was confirmed December 21, 2019 at St Mary’s Cathedral in Punalur in the southern Indian state of Kerala. His family and nearly 50 other members of his movement were received into, or came back to, the Catholic Church the same day. Joseph is the leader of Grace Community Global, which he founded in Kerala in 2011. The…

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Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 13 Christians, Wound Three in Central Nigeria

Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 13 Christians in Plateau state, Nigeria on Wednesday (Jan. 8), the same day four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state. About 20 herdsmen attacked the predominantly Christian village of Kulben, in Plateau state’s Mangu County, at about 8 p.m., area residents told Morning Star News. The 13 dead were all members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), as were three people wounded in the assault, they said. “They were shooting with guns in all directions, forcing the villagers to…

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Four seminarians abducted in Nigeria

Four seminarians, between the ages of 18 and 23, were abducted last week from their seminary in Kaduna, in northwestern Nigeria. Pius Kanwai, 19; Peter Umenukor, 23; Stephen Amos, 23; and Michael Nnadi, 18, were taken from Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, around 10:30 pm on Jan. 8 by gunmen. Police are searching for the four young men. Nearly 270 seminarians live at Good Shepherd. “The security situation in Nigeria is appalling”, Thomas Heine-Geldern, executive president of ACN International, said on January 13. “Criminal gangs are further exploiting the chaotic…

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