Persecuted Christians in Iraq to join in Red Wednesday

Persecuted Christians in Iraq are to take part in this week’s #RedWednesday as the campaign to promote faith and freedom goes global. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, confirmed on Tuesday that a #RedWednesday prayer vigil will take place in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, opened last year in response to an influx of Christians fleeing persecution. In his message, sent to #RedWednesday organisers Aid to the Church in Need, the Archbishop told the Catholic charity that he intends to floodlight the church red,…

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Pope Francis sends video message to the people of Bangladesh

Pope Francis has sent a video message of greetings and blessings to the people of Bangladesh as he prepares to undertake a 3-day apostolic journeyto the nation from the 30 November to 2 December. It comes as the second leg of a journey that also takes him to Myanmar from 27 to 30 November. In his message the Pope said he is looking forward to being with the people of Bangladesh and to proclaim the Gospel message of reconciliation, forgiveness and peace. He highlighted the significance of a scheduled meeting with religious leaders and said that…

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Internet was ‘never meant for children’, says bishop

A bishop has warned that the internet poses “multiple dangers” to children, given its origins as a “system developed for adults”. John Sherrington, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster, referred to the World Congress on Child Dignity in the Digital Age, a convention held by the Vatican in October. “It shows the Holy See is really concerned about the present situation, the way in which there are multiple dangers faced by children in the age of the internet,” he said. “It has a structure that was developed for adults, for free communication,…

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Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo dies at 92

Cardinal Andrea  Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, the Archpriest emeritus of the Basillica of Saint Paul outside the Walls died on 19th November. He was 92 years old. Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo was born in Turin on 27 August 1925. His Father, Giuseppe, was a colonel of the Italian Army who was killed during the Ardeatine Massacre during the Second World War. During this time Andrea and his sister Adriana were sheltered  by clergy of the Ukrainian college in Rome. Andrea also fought during the War. Many years later, both…

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World Day of the Poor: 1,500 of the Poor Dine with the Pope

For the first “World Day of the Poor”, on November 19, 2017, Pope Francis had lunch with some 1,500 destitute people in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican. In the morning, the Pope celebrated a Mass with them in St. Peter’s Basilica. Representatives of the poor from all over the world who served the altar, did the readings, brought forward the gifts, and were honored during the celebration. The lunch followed Mass, with tables arranged in the hall: “Welcome everyone,” the Pope said as people arrived. “Let’s get ready…

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Kidnapped Nigerian Catholic Priest released

Fr Alloy Anudu, the Nigerian Catholic priest that was abducted on Saturday November 13, has been released. Fr Anudu was released with no ransom paid. He was dropped while blindfolded at St. Anthony’s Parish, Umunkwo, Isiala Mbano LGA Imo State on Saturday night being November 18. His colleagues were informed about the development and he was picked from St. Anthony’s Parish and dropped at his parish at St. Mary’s Parish Dikenafai, Orlu diocese. TO GOD BE THE GLORY

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Nigeria: another Catholic Priest Kidnapped in Imo State

Rev. Fr. Aloysius Anudu, the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Parish, Dikenafai, Orlu diocese, Imo state Nigeria has been kidnapped. It was reported that Fr Aloysius was kidnapped on Monday evening  at Amaraku while returning from Owerri to his base in St Mary’s Parish Dikenafai. May we join our voices to call down divine assistance for his immediate release. More news as events unfold…

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Pope Francis gets $237,000 personalized white supercar as a gift but auctions it off for charity

Lamborghini gave Pope Francis a personalized white supercar on Wednesday, but he put it up for auction to raise money for charity rather than give up his trademark popemobile. The Huracan sports car, which boasts a 610 metric horsepower, was blessed by the pontiff, who bent to scrawl his signature on its gleaming bonnet before it was sent off to Sotheby’s auction house. The supercar usually goes for around $237,000, but this model — featuring gold stripes and gold-rimmed wing mirrors in homage to the pope’s gold-tipped stole — is…

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Cardinal Panafieu Dies at 86

French Cardinal Bernard Panafieu, archbishop emeritus of Marseille, died on the night of November 12, 2017 at the age of 86. His burial mass will be held at La Major Cathedral on November 17, 2017. Biography of Cardinal Bernard Panafieu Cardinal Bernard Panafieu, Archbishop emeritus of Marseille, was born on January 26, 1931, in Châtellerault, France. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Albi on April 22, 1956. Cardinal Panafieu served as vicar at Saint-Sauveur di Mazamet, and as chaplain of La Pérouse School, Albi, and of the…

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Pope sends condolences to Iran, Iraq following deadly earthquake

Pope Francis sent a pair of telegrammes to Iraq and Iran on Monday, expressing his condolences for the damage and loss of life caused by Sunday’s severe earthquake. In the two messages signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis says he “was deeply saddened” by news of the 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck the border region between Iran and Iraq. He assured all those affected by the tragedy of his “prayerful solidarity” and his “sorrow to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones”. The Pope also offered…

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