The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hungary (ELCH) supports persecuted Christians in Northern Iraq who are returning to the homes they forcibly fled nearly two years ago, following attacks by the Islamic State militants. On lutheranworld.org, ELCH lay president Gergely Prőhle shared his experience of hope amid ruins, reflecting on a visit to the region earlier this year.
Women have spoken about their personal experiences of abortion and the lack of resources and support which led them to the tragic decision. In responses to a survey conducted by the website FemCatholic, women noted a lack of practical information about the support available to young mothers, and also their fear of rejection by family and loved ones.
A comprehensive report by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need has blamed Western countries for “turning a blind eye” to the violence Christians and other faith minorities are facing. The Religious Freedom in the World 2018 Report analyzes all 196 countries around the world and the dangers that faith minorities face, both at the hands of the government and hardline or terror groups.
Picture above shows Hindu radicals burn a dummy replica of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi – Photo: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India
What is the meaning of Advent? The Christian season of Advent marks the waiting and preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Its name comes from the fitting Latin word “adventus”, which translates variously as coming, arrival or ripening, with the celebration dating back to the earliest centuries of Christianity. Although we may be familiar with the calendars and candles which count down to Christmas through December, for Christians it is the four Sundays before Christmas which are known as Advent.
The definition and boundaries of Central, Eastern and Western Europe can be debated. No matter where the lines are drawn, however, there are strong geographic patterns in how people view religion, national identity, minorities and key social issues. Particularly sharp differences emerge when comparing attitudes in countries historically associated with Eastern vs. Western Europe.
As Pew Research has found, Eastern and Western Europeans differ on importance of religion, views of minorities, and key social issues. For example the picture above reflects vast differences across the European continent in public attitudes towards Muslims. Among several others, the question asked was: Would you be willing to accept Muslims as members of your family?
Christian identity is stronger and Central and Eastern Europeans are less likely than Western Europeans to approve of same-sex marriage and abortion or welcome Muslims and Jews into their families, new data suggests. Western Europeans are more likely to not believe in God than Central or Eastern Europeans. Hungary, Czech Republic and Estonia are the only three Eastern and Central European Countries where less than two-thirds of respondents say they believe in God. Western Europeans also are more likely than Eastern or Central Europeans to say they never pray, the data shows.
The editorial of the Philadelphia Inquirer, published on the 19th of November made a comment about sexual abuse cases in the US. It stated that there had been “sexual-abuse scandals at other institutions … including public schools, universities, other religious organizations, the media, politics and Hollywood, but nowhere has the abuse been as widespread and accountability so disregarded [as in the Catholic Church].” Catholic League president Bill Donohue vigorously refuted the statement, citing data that clearly proves the editorial to be unfounded.
Two Danish journalists with far left roots, have heavily criticised immigration into Denmark. They say the same negative effects can be seen in a lot of other European countries as well. Mikkel Andersson and Niels Jespersen call mass migration into Denmark a ‘failed experiment’ as the country would be better off without it.
All persecution comes from the Devil himself – said Pope Francis in his homily at a Mass he celebrated this summer. He mentioned that the persecution of Christians can be traced back to the original and sole goal of Satan, which is to destroy humanity because humans are made in the image and likeness of God, whom the Devil hates. In our interview we asked an exorcist to explore the points raised by the Holy Father concerning the motivations behind the persecution of Christians and some other topics. This is the second part of the conversation (first part here).
All persecution comes from the Devil himself – said Pope Francis in his homily at a Mass he celebrated this summer. He mentioned that the persecution of Christians can be traced back to the original and sole goal of Satan, which is to destroy humanity because humans are made in the image and likeness of God, whom the Devil hates.