Archive of January 9, 2014

Reports of Christian martyrdom nearly doubled in 2013

Jan 9, 2014 - 04:51 pm .- Nearly twice the number of Christians were reported as dying for their faith in 2013 than the previous year, according to a new study by an organization monitoring global religious persecution.

Pope Francis invites old friend for popemobile ride

Jan 9, 2014 - 04:03 pm .- Pope Francis welcomed an old friend – Father Fabian Baez – to ride on his popemobile after spotting the priest in the crowd at the Jan. 8 General Audience at St. Peter's Square.

Catholic leaders call for policies promoting decent work, just wage

Jan 9, 2014 - 12:10 pm .- As lawmakers in Washington, D.C., discuss a possible increase in federal minimum wage, Catholic leaders are asking that the needs of workers and families be kept in mind.

Pope Francis: Christian love is not a 'soap opera'

Jan 9, 2014 - 07:32 am .- In his daily Mass today, Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of Christian love, explaining that it is not a form of selfish romanticism, but rather something “concrete” that requires sacrifice.

Legionaries begin first general chapter to revise constitutions

Jan 9, 2014 - 05:46 am .- Earlier this morning the Legionaries of Christ began their first Extraordinary General Chapter meeting to draft and approve their new constitutions, after which they will elect their new leadership.

Vatican analyst eager to improve media coverage of Church

Jan 9, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Vatican journalist and expert John L. Allen, Jr. will join the staff of the The Boston Globe as an associate editor next month in a bid to enrich the media's coverage of religion and the Church.

Conflict puts Central African refugees in 'horrendous' situation

Jan 9, 2014 - 02:01 am .- As the refugee situation in the Central African Republic continues to worsen, Catholic Relief Services says it is working to help displaced persons and to encourage a peaceful resolution to the violence.

Church expert to help California priest's canonization cause

Jan 9, 2014 - 12:58 am .- Supporters of the canonization cause of California priest Father Aloysius Ellacuria, C.M.F., have welcomed the help of prominent canon lawyer Dr. Andrea Ambrosi.

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