- Jun 19, 2021
Christians together can change the world. That was the message Pope Francis gave Wednesday to Catholic leaders, evangelical and pentecostal pastors gathered for this year’s John 17 retreat, encouraging them to continue on a path of unity.
Catholics can learn from the rise of Pentecostal Christian groups in Africa, according to one Nigerian bishop.
As the Synod for the Amazon approaches, Church leaders in the region want to speak about the growing influence of Evangelical and Pentecostal denominations among indigenous peoples.
For a Catholic witness on religious freedom to be effective, it must be consistent and apply across the board, lest it seem mere confessional self-interest.
Launching 25th anniversary celebrations for the Diocese of Keta-Akatsi, Bishop Gabriel Akwasi Ababio Mante of Jasikan said he was worried how charismatic and Pentecostal movements are affecting Catholics in Ghana.
Catholic leaders in the Ivory Coast are warning against preachers spreading a so-called “prosperity Gospel” – which often includes giving large sums of money with a promise of a heavenly financial blessing in return.
Pope Francis said many Catholics share his initial thoughts about the worship of charismatic Christians — “that more than prayer meetings they seem to be samba schools” — but he is convinced God wants Catholics and Pentecostals to learn from each other.
Church leaders in India are complaining of continued harassment after the latest arrest by Railway Police accusing Christians of kidnapping children in an attempt to convert them. In the current case, the children came from Christian families, and were on their way to a prayer meeting with their parents’ permission. The two adults could face seven years in prison if convicted.