- Dec 10, 2019
Although Iraqi forces declared victory over Islamic State fighters in Mosul early in July, the region remains unstable, leaving Christians uncertain about their future in their historic homeland. Christians are calling on the international community, along with the Iraqi government, to help them and other citizens from religious minority backgrounds.
No one was injured by an explosive outside the headquarters of the Mexican bishops’ conference. The bishops’ offices occupy a busy strip across the street from the sanctuary of the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The area is swarmed by pilgrims and tourists during the daytime and is transited by commuters in rush hour.
Taking into consideration Pope Francis’s exhortation on marriage, the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has met with other Mideast church leaders to discuss an action plan to not only build on the current marriage preparation program but also instruct young people on what marriage actually is.
Extremist al-Shabab militants are allegedly terrifying thousand of Kenyans, the majority Christians, who have taken refuge in two churches and a school near the Somali border. Church leaders in the country speculate that the attackers are trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming elections by eliminating those who would oppose a strict form of Shariah, Islamic law.
La Civilta Cattolica at times has courted controversy, because it tries to engage culture, which by itself can lead to unpopular opinions. According to the journal’s website, part of its mission is to “read and interpret” current events and trends in culture, history, science, art and politics “in the light of the Christian faith offered by the magisterium of the church.”
Yu Zhengsheng, one of China’s top party leaders in charge of religion gave a speech in which he made it clear that the Catholic Church in China has to prioritize being Chinese. Due to events involving some Chinese Catholic bishops, relations between China and the Vatican have cooled.