The Pilgrim's Journey

People of the Year 2014: Persecuted Christians in Iraq

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(Rome Reports) It’s a tragedy ROME REPORTS witnessed firsthand. Iraqi Christians forced out of their homes under the threat of being killed. Just a few years ago, there were roughly 2 million Christians in Iraq. Now there are less than 250,000. It was never easy to be Christian in the country, but even as a … Read More

Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020World News

(CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the … Read More

82-year-old cardinal says he’ll face jail for democracy

R RLast Updated: July 14th, 2020Church News, World News

(CNA/EWTN News, By Ann Schneible).- One of several leaders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement to surrender to police after months of pro-democracy protests, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said he is ready to go to jail. “I’m prepared to be jailed, which is the strongest and most sincere proof of the unfairness of the system in … Read More

Vatican astronomer first cleric to ever win prestigious Carl Sagan Medal

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(By Patricia Montemurri, Detroit Free Press) Michigan-bred Vatican astronomer and Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno will become the first clergyman awarded one of planetary science’s most prestigious awards, when on Thursday in Arizona he receives the Carl Sagan Medal. And then Consolmagno, for two decades the curator of the Vatican’s meteorite collection, plans to head to … Read More

Cuba Allows Building Of First New Catholic Church In 55 Years

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(AP) — Cuba has allowed construction of the country’s first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it’s a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba’s communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town … Read More

Pope to visit Turkey from November 28-30, 2014

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, Pope Francis, World News

Pope Francis will visit Turkey from 28 to 30 November. This was announced on Tuesday morning, 21 October, by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explaining that the Pope “accepted the invitation of the President of the Republic, of His Holiness Bartholomew I and the President of the Episcopal Conference”. The … Read More

185 churches torched, 190,545 people displaced by Boko Haram says Director of Communications

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(news.va) 185 churches in the Maiduguri Diocese were torched and 190,545 people displaced. This is the toll of the violence perpetrated by Boko Haram in the past two months in the diocese of Maiduguri, whose territory includes the States of northern Nigeria: Borno, Yobe and some areas of Adamawa. This was announced by the Director of … Read More

Foul play suspected in priest’s death

R RLast Updated: September 24th, 2014Church News, Uncategorized, World News

(news.va) Chilpancingo – The Attorney General of Guerrero state, Mexico, has opened an investigation into the death of the parish priest of Arcelia, Father José Acuña Asención Osorio, whose body was found in the river Balsas. The priest had been missing since Sunday September 21, leaving the faithful who were waiting for mass astonished. The … Read More

Pope brings hope to Albania

R RLast Updated: September 22nd, 2014Church News, Pope Francis, World News

(CNA/EWTN News by Andrea Gagliarducci).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully … Read More

Mysterious murder of three Catholic nuns in Burundi

R RLast Updated: July 13th, 2020Church News, World News

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent telegrams expressing his condolences for the violent deaths of three Xaverian missionary sisters in Burundi. Signed by the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the first telegram is addressed to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura, Burundi, and express the Holy Father’s sorrow at hearing of … Read More

Pope Francis donates $1 million to Iraqi refugees

R RLast Updated: January 4th, 2021Church News, Pope Francis, World News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis’ envoy from … Read More

Faith of Iraqi Christians unbreakable, despite persecution

R RLast Updated: September 16th, 2020Church News, World News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians’ faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and … Read More