Secret Catacombs Pact Emerges After Fifty Years
On the evening of Nov. 16, 1965, quietly alerted to the event by word-of-mouth, some 40 Roman Catholic bishops made their way to celebrate Mass in an ancient, underground basilica in the Catacombs of Domitilla on the outskirts of the Eternal City. Read more
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Synod's Final Document Gives Questions Rather than Answers
One of the ten prelates responsible for drafting the final document from the ongoing Synod of Bishops on family has said that while it may not give solutions to all the questions discussed by the gathering, it will give good direction to Pope Francis for future decisions. Read more
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Realising the Contemplative in You: Online Course with Joan Chittister
Contemporary spirituality includes multiple forms of devotion and meditation. In this e-course, Joan Chittister looks at the most fundamental of them all -- reading and writing -- and their relationship to the development of the spiritual life. Read more
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
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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