Nov 26, 2016 - 03:30 am .- After hearing of the death of Fidel Castro, former president and leader communist revolution in Cuba, late Friday evening, Pope Francis sent a telegram offering his prayers for the deceased and the entire nation.
Nov 2, 2016 - 06:01 am .- During 40 years of communist rule in Albania – which in 1967 declared itself the first completely atheist country in the world – praying, making the sign of the cross, wearing a crucifix around one’s neck, or any other evidence of being a believer in God were treated as crimes.
Sep 21, 2016 - 03:02 am .- After 40 years, the first Catholic Church-operated university opened in Vietnam since the advent of communism in the country.
May 17, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Was the controversial Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac a target of decades-long communist smears and disinformation? One researcher of the period says the facts can counter false claims about the beatified cardinal's wartime record.
Nov 1, 2015 - 06:04 am .- On May 1, 1961 Fidel Castro ordered the seizure of all private schools in Cuba and the expulsion of all priests and religious. Among those affected were the Teresian Sisters of Enrique de Ossó, who lost their school in Camagüey and its assembly hall, today converted into the Tasende theater.
Sep 15, 2015 - 06:24 am .- While Pope Francis is in Cuba next week chances are high that he will meet with former president Fidel Castro, though no specific time has been set, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi has announced.
Jul 13, 2015 - 09:18 am .- Responding to waves of controversy after receiving a “communist crucifix” – a carving of Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle – from Bolivian president Evo Morales, Pope Francis said he took no offense, but understands the work as “protest art.”
May 1, 2015 - 03:34 pm .- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s.
Nov 9, 2014 - 04:05 am .- What remains of the Berlin Wall discloses a subtle yet stark reminder for civilization to not “look to walls as solutions,” says German priest Father Bernd Hagenkord, S.J.
Oct 29, 2014 - 12:21 pm .- Pope Francis spoke out against oppression of the poor due to greed and warned again of the growing presence of a “globalization of indifference” – a warning, he said, which has wrongly type-casted him.
Oct 22, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and now a new website tells their stories.
Sep 25, 2014 - 09:18 pm .- Among the powerful moments on Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip to Albania was the Holy Father’s encounter with an 85 year-old Franciscan Stigmatine nun, who recalled witnessing to the faith in the midst of the Communist regime.
Jun 19, 2014 - 12:11 am .- The recent funeral Mass said for Wojciech Jaruzelski, who was a Polish military commander and communist politician during the Cold War, has been received as an occasion for rejoicing.
Apr 15, 2014 - 04:03 am .- While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the Iron Curtain during the pontificate of his successor John Paul II, both of whom will be canonized April 27.
Apr 4, 2014 - 10:35 am .- In a March 31 interview with communications students, Pope Francis responded to previous accusations of being a communist, explaining that his preference for the poor is in fact based in the Gospel.