Bishop Tobin: Catholics should not support gay pride events

Bishop Thomas Tobin has defended a tweet calling on Catholics not to support “Pride Month” events, saying they promote a culture that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals. The Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, said it was his “obligation before God” to teach the faith clearly on such issues, and that he will continue doing so. He wrote on Twitter on Saturday that Catholics “should not support or attend LGBTQ ‘Pride Month’ events held in June.” “They promote a culture and encourage activities that are contrary to Catholic faith…

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Nigeria: Bishop Emeritus of Sokoto Diocese goes home

With total submission to the will of God for a life of selfless service and dedication to God, the Church and Humanity at large, we announce the demise of our Bishop Emeritus, Most Rev. Kevin J. Aje, at about 12noon today, 27th May, 2019 (as Mass was being offered at St. Bakhita chapel). Burial arrangements will be announced latter. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen! (Pls offer Masses and prayers for his repose). 🕊🕊🕊 Bishop Aje…

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Burkina Faso: Gunmen kill Catholic priest, worshippers during mass

A group of gunmen broke into a Catholic church in Burkina Faso on Sunday morning during Mass and began shooting at the congregation, Radio France Internationale (RFI) reported. At least six people were killed, and a priest was among those who died. The church is located in the village of Dablo, located 90km from Kaya. The mayor of Dablo, Ousmane Zongo, told AFP: “Towards 9:00am, during mass, armed individuals burst into the Catholic Church. “They started firing as the congregation tried to flee.” A group of “twenty to thirty armed men” were said…

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Pope celebrates first Communion with 245 children in Bulgaria

In the Catholic heart of Bulgaria, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass for 245 children receiving their first Communion and thanked them for helping him, their parents and grandparents remember their own first Communion. “Today you have made it possible for us to relive that joy and to celebrate Jesus, present in the bread of life,” the pope told the children May 6 in Rakovski’s Church of the Sacred Heart. While only about 1 percent of Bulgaria’s population is Catholic, in Rakovski the vast majority of the city’s 27,000 people…

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Sri Lanka cardinal: All Sunday Masses cancelled until further notice

All of Sri Lanka’s Catholic churches were closed on the Second Sunday of Easter after a series of bombings killed over 300 people a week earlier. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, ordered the closures after saying he had seen leaked intelligence documents warning of further attacks. Churches will remain closed until further notice. The cardinal had earlier criticised Sri Lankan authorities for failing to act on foreign intelligence saying the attacks were imminent. “We didn’t know anything. It came as a thunderbolt for us,” he told reporters. “I felt…

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