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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Pope sends condolences following Iran air crash

Pope Francis has sent a message of condolence to all those who lost loved ones following an air crash in Tehran, Iran. The Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane went down on Wednesday morning after taking off from Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran en ruote to Kyiv. The plane was carrying 176 passengers, mostly from Iran and Canada. In the message, signed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis “commends the souls of the deceased to the merciful love of the Almighty, and he sends condolences to the…

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Australian Catholics seek prayers as fires rage in four states

As some of the worst wildfires in Australian history rage across four states, thousands of people in affected areas in New South Wales and Victoria continue to be evacuated to safety. Soaring temperatures, often higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), and a protracted drought have contributed to an unprecedented national emergency which, by Christmas, had already seen more than 14.5 million acres of forest and rural land burned. Amid conditions regularly described as catastrophic, fires have continued to rage in hundreds of locations in Western Australia, New South…

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CDF official: Anthropology and Scripture document is not ‘open’ to same-sex unions

The secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Giacomo Morandi, said Friday that a new document by the Pontifical Biblical Commission does not give an “opening” to the validity of so-called same-sex unions. Morandi referred to the book-length document “Che Cosa E’ L’Uomo? Un itinerio di antropologia biblica” (“What is Man? An Itinerary of Biblical Anthropology”) published by the Vatican as an Italian-language book Dec. 16. The report was written over several years by the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which is a part of the CDF, and…

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