- Jan 16, 2021
Pope Francis called clergy in the Middle East to “learn to be the last among the least,” and lamented the continued plight of Christians suffering due to persecution. “Let us not forget,” the pope said, that “Christians — it doesn’t matter whether they are Catholic, Orthodox or Protestant — shed their blood as a seal of their witness.”
We are living in a time of “New Martyrs” where thousands of men and women suffer persecution around the globe because of their Christian faith. Pope Francis’s visit to the Basilica of St. Bartholomew puts a spotlight on the church’s vast collection of relics and memento’s belonging to the martyrs of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Catholic patriarchs in the Middle East spoke up against the violence and terror that has taken over the Middle East in their Easter messages. While calling the international community to aid and intervene in the region, the patriarchs reminded their faithful not to lose hope.
In June the Congress of Russian Catholic delegates from around the world will take place in northern Italy. The main topic: how can the the small and scattered faith survive. “This is our last hurrah. If this fails, you can forget about the Russian Catholic movement,” said Australian-based Russian Catholic priest, Father Lawrence Cross.
In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church, one among several changes to canon law approved by Pope Francis on Thursday to govern the situation of Eastern Catholics living in a diaspora.
In a key sign of the times, a recently shuttered parish in Yonkers, New York, has found a new lease on life – not by serving a traditional East Coast Catholic population, but rather the area’s surging Indian community. Most Holy Trinity Parish held its last Sunday Mass on July