Every month, more than 300 Christians in 50 countries of the world are kidnapped or unjustly jailed because of their faith. The dramatic figure emerges from the latest report by “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN), released on Wednesday.
"Solidarity with persecuted and oppressed Christians in our time" is the initiative of the German Bishops’ Conference that began in 2003. To this end, a Day of Prayer is held each year on December 26, the feast of the first Christian martyr, St. Stephen, to focus on a particular part of the world where Christians are discriminated against and harassed.
France will start to ease its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend ahead of the Christmas holidays. But in a statement, the French Bishops’ Conference has expressed disappointment at measures concerning the resumption of public worship, and is calling for clarification on the matter.
Bishop Thomas Chen Tianhao will head the diocese of Qingdao. The Director of the Holy See Press Office explains the appointment falls within the framework of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and China.
A statement issued by the Middle East Council of Churches calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as on international stakeholders to ensure that a recent ceasefire for the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region holds.
Following the injuring of two minors in a police-involved shooting at a foster home in Chile, the Archbishop of Concepción highlights some of the social, moral and political challenges facing the South American nation.
The United Nations agency says that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a record level last year. The situation continues to worsen this year despite the industrial slowdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Church and the Government of Mexico City, have combined to cancel the popular annual Festival of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Capitol, to protect the faithful from the increasingly encroaching Pandemic.
After Pope Francis urged solidarity, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked for a fairer distribution of possible coronavirus vaccines among poorer nations. Her appeal came while several countries in Europe and beyond hope to start with vaccinations ahead of Christmas.