- Oct 19, 2020
As Ohio prepares to execute someone for the first time in three years, Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo attempts to run interference. He’s sent a letter to Republican Gov. John Kasich, who was raised a Catholic, saying the faith opposes the death penalty and affirms the sacredness of all life.
Christians in Mali celebrate Christmas with joy even though this is the first Christmas they’ve been able to hold a service at the Catholic church, which was torched in 2012 by the al-Qaida-linked militants who took over the major towns in northern Mali that year.
In an effort to fight growing acts of hatred against religious minorities, Detroit-area Muslims and Jews have been working together to do acts of charity on Christmas, a day of obvious significance that neither group celebrates. The positive spirit of the idea has inspired people of other faiths. This year, Christians and Sikhs have said they want to participate.
Father Michael Ryan has been tested through trials and tribulations, but remains a dedicated parish priest in a city that can be surprisingly spiritual.
In the northern city of Aleppo, Christians celebrated Christmas for the first time in four years with the country’s largest city now under full control of government forces, and President Bashar al-Assad made a visit to a Christian orphanage near Damascus.
The 238-foot-tall tree costs $80,000, and was criticized by the Catholic Church as a “waste of money.” Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, representing the island nation’s 1.5 million Catholics, suggested that the funds would be better spent on helping the poor.