Hammer and Sickle Crucifix
We do not know what President Barack Obama will give Pope Francis when he visits the White House next September. But we can be sure that it will not be a hammer and sickle crucifix like the one that Bolivian President Evo Morales gave the pope during his recent trip to Latin America. Read more.
Call From African Bishops to Synod: Be Less Euro-centric
October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said. Read more.
Muslims Give $100K to Rebuild Black Churches in US
Three Muslim organizations have raised over $100,000 to rebuild black churches in the South. Read more.
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Catholics in the US and Climate Change
When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated encyclical on the environment this week, he will find a largely receptive audience among American Catholics. Very few will have ever heard their own religious leaders speak about climate change before. Read more.
Synod: Rome Has Spoken but the Case is not Closed
The interview by the Jesuit Antonio Spadaro with the Dominican theologian Jean-Miguel Garrigues, in the latest issue of "La Civiltà Cattolica," continues to raise discussion. Read more.
Both Ends of the Gun
Aboriginal Australians at War
French Priests Lives Among the Brahmins in India
"I'm an ordinary priest," Fr. Yann Vagneux tells all those who invariably asks him why he is living in Varanasi, India, "the Rome of Hinduism." Read more
Catholic Academy Helping Iraqis Arise from the Ashes
Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Thomas Mirkis of Kirkuk launched a project in 2007 for an open university in Bagdad. The idea was to create a space of freedom, dialogue and research to pass on knowledge and facilitate individual reflection. Read more
'In Iraq Christianity is a Dark Tunnel'
US Denies Visa to Expert on Persecution of Christians in Iraq
Scorsese Film on Shusaku Endo's 'Silence'
The film is based on a novel by Shusaku Endo and tells the story of Portuguese Jesuits in the 17th Century who suffered persecution while working in isolated parts of Japan. It stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver and will be released in cinemas in 2016. Read more.
The Atheist Blogger Who Bumped into God
Catholic media around the world reported that die-hard atheists were in shock, back in 2012, when celebrated atheist blogger Leah Libresco announced she was leaving the fold to convert to Catholicism. Read more
LCWR Leaders Call Vatican Meetings Rich, Conversational
Leaders of the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters said their recent annual trip to Rome to visit Vatican offices was productive and resulted in "very rich" conversations about problems facing the church and society globally. Read more
The Street Child Who Became a Priest
At first, the visitor is struck by the clusters of 10- to 12-year-old children gravitating around Fr. Jean Ollo Kansie. The priest, 34, cannot walk around Bouake without people calling out his name as soon as they see his slender silhouette and unfailing smile. He knows the streets and trails by heart in Ivory Coast's second largest city, where he has been living for the last four years. Read more
India Debates Anti-Conversion Law
The Indian government's push for a national law banning religious conversions hit a roadblock this week when the Ministry of Law and Justice said the federal government had no powers to enact such a law. However, the debate continues with the government pressing on. Read more.
Catch Up Day at Aquinas Academy
Pope Refers to Armenian Genocide by Turks
Pope Francis today referred to the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a "genocide," prompting the Turkish government to summon the Vatican's ambassador for questioning. Read moreSee also Armenian Patriarch says 'Pope was following his conscience' See also Church marks anniversary of Armenian genocide
World Bank and Faith Communities Combine to Address Extreme Poverty
The World Bank and global faith leaders are joining together to end extreme poverty around the world by 2030. Read more
Launch of Geoff Robinson's Book
The October 2014 session of the Synod of Bishops looked at the modern family through a pastoral lens, focusing in particular on situations where there seemed to be a conflict between church doctrine and pastoral need. Two subjects rose to prominence: the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender persons and the situations of Catholics whose marriage has failed and who have later remarried.