- Mar 28, 2020
When terrorists struck a Christian village in Lebanon in June, it not only caused damage and took lives, it also spread fear. As a result, it’s become increasingly difficult for Lebanese Christians to reach out to their Syrian refugee counterparts just across the border.
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.
As Mexico emerges as the most dangerous place in the world to be a Catholic priest, a Church official says the canonization of a 14-year-old boy martyred during the Cristero War in the 1920s is a symbol of hope for the country’s embattled clergy.
Joe Tosini, a Pentecostal Christian, is founder of the Phoenix-based John 17 Movement, an ecumenical initiative about forming relationships and friendships among Christians. Pope Francis has been very supportive of the John 17 Movement and other informal ecumenical initiatives with evangelical and Pentecostal Christians, called “walking ecumenism.”
Pope Francis canonized seven new saints on Sunday, including a “gaucho” priest from Argentina, a 14-year-old boy from Mexico killed during the Cristero War of the 1920s, and another martyr killed for refusing to renounce the faith during the French Revolution.
Like Nigerians generally, Catholic bishops in the country have welcomed the release of 21 of the “Chibok girls” kidnapped in 2014, but they also say their feelings are mixed because they want the rest of the girls taken by Boko Haram militants to be able to return home.