Archive of October 22, 2013

Religious liberty ambassador's resignation raises concerns

Oct 22, 2013 - 05:06 pm .- The reported resignation of  Suzan Johnson Cook as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom is an chance for the Obama administration to address the issue, but some are dubious that real changes will be made.

Catholic patriarch fears extremist slant of Syrian rebel groups

Oct 22, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch has said that the success of Syrian rebels could worsen the plight of Christians because of the extreme Islamist elements among the rebel forces.

Sinners are closest to the heart of God, Pope reflects

Oct 22, 2013 - 09:34 am .- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing God on more than an intellectual level.

Vatican event brings sports 'into the heart' of the Church

Oct 22, 2013 - 07:08 am .- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture held a conference on “believers in the world of sports” this week to discuss the role of the Church in the realm of athletics.

Vatican event lauds 'tenacious' women in modern society

Oct 22, 2013 - 04:02 am .- Just down the road from St. Peter's Basilica, a crowd of almost 200 packed into an audience hall to hear a panel discussion on the witness of modern women in the Church.

Spanish woman recounts how beatified aunt saved her life

Oct 22, 2013 - 02:06 am .- Blessed Josefa Martinez' niece says she owes her life to her aunt, who was beatified Oct. 13 alongside 521 other martyrs of the Spanish Civil War.

Syrian bishop calls for dialogue, continuing Christian presence

Oct 22, 2013 - 12:01 am .- While calling for dialogue between Syria’s Assad regime and moderates among the opposition, a Maronite Catholic bishop has stressed the necessity of a continued Christian presence in the Middle East.

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