Archive of December 16, 2013

Wife of imprisoned pastor says faith helps her persevere

Dec 16, 2013 - 05:21 pm .- The wife of a Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran is relying on her faith as she speaks out to ask for prayers and concrete aid in helping secure the return of her husband to the United States.

Pope Francis: Christians worldwide are 'united in blood'

Dec 16, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa Dec. 15, Pope Francis called ecumenical dialogue a priority of his pontificate, noting that Christians of all traditions face the same persecution today.

New Pope interview touches on Church political reform

Dec 16, 2013 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' recent interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa Dec. 15 addressed some of the more political issues in the Church, including reform of the curia and changes to the Vatican banking system.

Pope prays for Church to be 'free of clericalism'

Dec 16, 2013 - 04:45 am .- In his daily homily preached in the Santa Marta chapel, Pope Francis emphasized the need for prophets in the Church in order to prevent a negative spirit of legalism from taking over.

Experts warn of 'ominous trends' in Western secularism

Dec 16, 2013 - 03:15 am .- Experts on religious liberty cautioned participants at a weekend conference in Rome that discrimination and persecution against Christians is growing in many regions of the world. 

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