Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.
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Masked gunmen stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 80 kms southwest of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its inhabitants captive.
Tension, hostility and even violence are the “daily bread” of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.
Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam has a tongue-in-cheek suggestion for pastors: “Spend less time on the sermons, and more time arranging the church suppers.”
Working with the city of Rome, the Vatican Secret Archives is celebrating its 400th anniversary with an exhibit designed to shed light not only on its holdings, but on some of the myth and mystery surrounding its collection of millions of documents.
When life feels like a dark and silent tunnel, faith gives a Christian light and music, Pope Benedict said at the end of his weeklong Lenten retreat.
In a recent column, I addressed the idea of Christian perinatal hospice (WCR, Feb. 27). It is a concept whereby parents facing a pregnancy involving a terminally ill unborn child are supported to carry their baby to term and prepare for their child's death.
I found your article on blessings informative and timely (WCR, Feb. 6). I am trying to educate myself on the correct way of doing things. I see the priest blessing the children before they go to the children's liturgy. I see no mention of this in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM).
On Feb.16, the federal government announced new legislation that will change Canada's refugee determination system – and according to Church people who work directly with refugees – not for the better.
As I write this column, I am embarking on a trip to Australia with the Word on Fire team. We're heading halfway around the globe at the invitation of the Australian Catholic University, and my team will be with me to film the events. My intention is to produce a documentary on the new evangelization as it is actually practised.