The Pope's Lent retreat: Bucking tradition or just being his Jesuit self?

Saturday February 28th 2015
While Pope Francis has altered the custom of his predecessors by leaving the Vatican for his yearly Lenten retreat, one priest tells CNA the pontiff is merely being true to his Jesuit roots.

Pope Francis back from Ariccia with new seeds planted

Saturday February 28th 2015
After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not always easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.

This Lent, the Pope has a message for lapsed Catholics: It's never too late

Saturday February 28th 2015
“This initiative is to let people know that it is never too late and there is always a way back,” he told.

IS holding more than 250 Christians, for vicar to Aleppo, pope's prayers are a source of courage

Friday February 27th 2015
"Pope Francis words are a source of great consolation, help and courage for us Syrian Christians, in this period of crisis and difficulties.

Indians rise up to defend Mother Teresa's legacy after attack by Hindu leader

Friday February 27th 2015
Indians from all walks of life and religions have joined to condemn allegations made against Bl. Teresa of Calcutta by a fundamentalist Hindu leader charging that her sole objective in helping the poor was converting them to Christianity.

Fr Pillai celebrates 25 years as a priest

Twenty- five years ago, on Feb 14, 1990 in Ipoh, a young Anthony Pillai was ordained a priest at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

Many throng Klang for Our Lady’s feast

Many came to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) from Feb 5 to Feb 15 for her feast.

The sick must thank God, their caregivers

The parish of Our Lady of Lourdes marked its feastday with a Eucharistic celebration on the evening of Feb 11, participated by p....

MCCBHST cries foul for free Qurans

The Islamic Information and Services Foundation has indicated that they will translate and produce one million copies of the Qura....

Many throng Klang for Our Lady’s feast

Many came to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL) from Feb 5 to Feb 15 for her feast.

Regional Migrant Ministers Retreat in Penang

Stella Maris Retreat Centre was the venue for a retreat organised by the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants a....

The liturgical vestments the priest wears

The cincture is a long, thick cord with tassels at the ends which secures the alb around the waist. It may be white or may be the....

Msgr Daniel Lim — Celebrating 50 years in the Lord’s vineyard

February 2 this year held special meaning for Msgr Daniel Lim as he celebrated his Sacerdotal Golden Jubilee with a Thanksgiving ....

The war in Ukraine: A failure to evangelize?

Conflict in eastern Ukraine which began in April 2014 has pitted the country's government against separatists widely believed to be backed by Russia,....

New religious freedom official: The time for action is now

The new U.S. religious freedom ambassador wasted no time emphasizing the urgency of his mission as he was sworn in on Feb. 20.

For Coptic Christians, threat of martyrdom is part of daily life

The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christ....

Communion for divorced and remarried? Africa's bishops have other concerns, cardinal says

A leading African cardinal says the continent's bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero-in on strengthening the Church with good families –....
While Pope Francis has altered the custom of his predecessors by leaving the Vatican for his yearly Lenten retreat, one priest tells CNA the pontiff is merely being true to his Jesuit roots.
After a weeklong spiritual retreat outside of Rome, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the priest who led the reflections, saying that although it’s not always easy to preach to priests, seeds have been planted.
“This initiative is to let people know that it is never too late and there is always a way back,” he told.
In his homily Friday, Pope Francis said that love of God and of neighbor are inseparable, and castigated the actions of those who give to the Church, but at the same time exploit and mistreat others.
Pope Francis offered his Tuesday morning Mass for the repose of the souls of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by ISIS militants, praying that man learn to reject his evil temptations, and choose what is good.
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine was among the topics covered by Pope Francis and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in their Feb. 21 meeting at the Vatican.
The Italian Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin, has sounded the alarm about something that we have known about for a long time.
Numerous groups and individuals today are challenging us with regard to our relationship to mother-earth.
While Malaysia is reeling from international criticism over the jailing of Anwar Ibrahim once again, I took time out to visit St Joseph’s School in Johor Bahru for the school’s 60th anniversary celebration on Valentine’s Day.
About ten years ago, a small group of Christians in Penang gathered at the Stella Maris retreat centre in Penang for a special memorial Mass in Penang to mark the 25th annivesary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador.
Madeleine Whitby knows exactly how lucky she is.
When she was a young girl, Logan Crotty dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest.
On Sunday, 8th February 2015, as they celebrated the feast of St Josefina Bakhita, the Sabah Good Shepherd Welfare Centre also organized a World Day of Prayer against modern slavery at St Mary’s Youth Hostel.
Poverty is the biggest enemy of Zimbabwean Churches, says Father Felix Tachiona Mukaro. Do you agree?
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