Archive of February 17, 2015

Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act matters to you

Feb 17, 2015 - 05:20 pm .- For the sake of religious liberity, it is vital that the religious rights of corporations – and not just individuals and churches – be upheld under federal law, a legal scholar has said.

Is there an end in sight to centuries-old sectarian divisions in Scotland?

Feb 17, 2015 - 02:01 pm .- Following an ecumenical meeting with Pope Francis on Monday, the moderator of the Church of Scotland said the gathering  was significant, and could signal the end of its tensions with the Catholic Church.

Three year-old Brazilian boy with cancer 'celebrates Mass,' wants to be Pope

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:24 pm .- Rafael Freitas is a three-year-old boy in Brazil who loves to pretend to celebrate Mass. He says he wants to be Pope someday.

Pope offers Mass for murdered Coptic Christians, hails them as 'martyrs'

Feb 17, 2015 - 07:37 am .- Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good.

Unexpected friendships bloom as Vatican rolls out haircuts for homeless

Feb 17, 2015 - 04:01 am .- As homeless men and women line up under the massive arms of Saint Peter's colonnade waiting to take advantage of the Vatican's newly-christened showers and barbershop, volunteers who assist them say they are deeply moved by their encounter with a population often rejected by society.

Meet the Christians in Syria who want to stay, despite the war

Feb 17, 2015 - 02:01 am .- “Fortunately, the battles are over for now. There was fierce fighting in Al Nabek all through Advent. No one was able to flee. The people were trapped. Peace was then finally restored in the week before Christmas. But you never know.”

Chinese New Year bumps Ash Wednesday fasting for Asia's Catholics

Feb 17, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Since Ash Wednesday coincides this year with Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – many bishops in East Asia are granting dispensations from the fasting and abstinence normally required on the day which begins the season of Lent.

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