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Examining the holiness of Holy Week

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The recent casual remark of a friend got me to thinking about how people experience Easter differently. My friend and I discussed something Christians are constantly encouraged to consider, especially during Lent and which gets its highest profile in the Christian calendar on Good Friday: humility. The way I have come to discover what humility [...]


Pakistan Christian couple appeal over death sentence

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A Christian couple sentenced to death for blasphemy last week by a Pakistan court has filed an appeal in Lahore High Court, their lawyer said on Wednesday. The couple was handed the death sentence on April 4 in Toba Tek Singh town of Punjab province in addition to a fine of Rs200, 000 (US$2000) after [...]


Study offers new theory on ‘very painful’ crucifixion

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A new study conducted by Liverpool scientists suggests the Shroud of Turin proves Jesus was crucified with his hands over his head in a “Y” shape, rather than to the sides in a “T” shape, as traditionally depicted in Christian art. The scientist leading this recent study says this new crucifixion would be “very painful” [...]


Poverty is not a project

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Do you recall The Great Jubilee Year 2000? For a few years before the turn of the century, almost every statement by a bishop or other church leader or organization contained some paean to the jubilee. The pope had called for it, and so all sorts of people either sincerely or for show acted as [...]


Archbishop decries global persecution of Christians

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The Vatican’s apostolic nuncio to the United Nations told a congressional hearing on Tuesday that “flagrant and widespread persecution of Christians rages in the Middle East even as we meet”. Chaired by US Republican Chris Smith, R-N.J., the House subcommittee on global human rights listened to international experts testify about the rise in Christian persecution [...]


Thousands at religious summit in Haiti

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The Christian pilgrims crowded a barren mountainside in central Haiti by the thousands, seeking favors and spiritual renewal. Organized over the weekend by Our Lady of Fatima Bible Center, the three-day summit was among the largest of its kind in the Caribbean nation in recent years. Although the center is Roman Catholic, the event had [...]


On relics and their relevance to faith

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Don Bosco’s corpse has arrived in Milan after travelling to 130 countries across five continents and the public was enraged over the theft of a piece of cloth that is soaked in John Paul II’s blood. The cult of relics knows no crisis and relic worship is thriving and so is the relic market on [...]


Sri Lanka offers sanctuary of sorts for fleeing Christians

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On the beach behind the Kudapaduwa parish church in the Sri Lankan town of Negombo, Hina Milwood stares at the horizon, oblivious to the singing of churchgoers inside. “I am thinking of home, and the future that awaits us here,” says the 28-year old Pakistani asylum seeker, one of some 1,000 Christians who fled persecution [...]


Bad news for Christians – atheist numbers are falling

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Some nonbelievers seem to have noticed that there is something good about regularly coming together as a community on the basis of shared commitments and ideals. Atheists in London recently began to hold weekly gatherings for the sake of mutual support, inspiration, encouragement, assistance and service. In other words, a sort of nonbelievers’ church. Now, [...]


Kidnapped Philippine teachers recount their ordeal

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Basilan in the southern Philippines province of Mindanao has been called an island paradise, rich in resources and natural beauty. For decades, however, it has been a hub of insurgent activity by various factions of extremist Islamic groups that have waged a campaign of terror on local communities and foreign visitors. Kidnappings are common, and [...]


Global war on Christians? It’s a myth

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“From Boston to Zanzibar, there’s a worldwide war on Christianity,” claimed United States senator and likely presidential candidate Rand Paul in his speech at the recent Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. One of the founding fathers of the Tea Party, Paul went on to denounce the Obama administration for supporting the Syrian opposition saying: “We [...]


Iran: Christians face whipping for drinking communion wine

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Four Iranian Christians were sentenced last week to 80 lashes each for drinking communion wine during a communion service at a house church. The four men were charged in court with drinking alcohol and possessing a receiver and satellite antenna in Rasht, a city 200 miles northwest of Tehran, on Oct. 6. The verdict was [...]


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  1. Examining the holiness of Holy Week
  2. Philippine bishop calls for Holy Week ceasefire
  3. Philippine tribe gets ancestral land back
  4. Philippine troops in new clashes with Abu Sayyaf
  5. ‘Farmers Barred from Promised Land’
  6. Film and the politics of faith: “Son of God,” Pope Francis and the conservative Catholic Church
  7. A call for compassion on marriage and the Eucharist
  8. A funny thing about being a priest
  9. Outcry over Myanmar journalist’s imprisonment
  10. Abu Sayyaf clashes in Mindanao leave 18 soldiers injured
  1. On September 20, speaking to a gathering of gynecologists, Pope Francis said: "E...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:05:00
  2. Here is what Pope Benedict said to the bishops of Switzerland on November 9, 200...
    Said FrSeanCoyle on 2013-10-09 16:02:00
  3. stop RHbill for Gods sake!!!...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:03:00
  4. a woman who agree this RH bill has no heart. God forgive her she do'nt know what...
    Said joy on 2013-07-17 20:02:00
  5. It is very hard to trust a muslim. They worship a false god and will break the ...
    Said on 2013-07-17 12:23:00
  6. Assuredly, thus said the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY YISRAEL to Roman Christian Catholic B...
    Said Angel Santie on 2013-06-28 19:39:00
  7. God let man or as we say permit man to create this way of comunication, why we w...
    Said joy on 2013-06-26 20:46:00
  8. Pray for the victims of clergy sexual abuse....
    Said on 2013-06-06 08:01:00
  9. 'Activist priest Robert Reyes is in the minority among the clergy when it comes ...
    Said on 2013-04-24 15:04:00
  10. 90-year-old Fr Emmanuel Non SJ had a letter in last Monday's Philippine Daily In...
    Said on 2013-04-18 10:41:00
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