In a previous article, we covered the book launch of Fr Bernard. Prior to the event, we interviewed this accomplished Cistercian monk regarding the history of his vocation, his escape from communist Hungary, and what differences he sees between the Catholic Church in the USA and Hungary.
A new audio recording released by the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram reveals that kidnapped 15-year-old Leah Sharibu is alive. The 35-second recording was published by Nigeria’s online newspaper The Cable on Monday. In it, Leah makes a passionate plea to the Nigerian government for her freedom in her native Hausa language.
Britain’s highest court has ruled that doctors can withdraw food and fluid from patients who are in a vegetative state or minimally conscious without seeking permission from judges. The July 30 ruling, however, was criticised by at least one Catholic bishop: “It is never compassionate to remove food and drink to cause death” – Bishop John Wilson said.
This photo was taken from a short video sent by the Hungarian Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria to S4C. The following text was included with the clip: “Fulanis drove their motorbikes down the road not far from Abuja (where the Hungarian Embassy is located- editor’s note) and slaughtered Yoruba and Igbo Christians. This video was taken by one of the assassins.”
In the days of Pentecost, the first Christians celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit, who empowered the Apostles to proclaim the Good News to all nations- according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Since then that same Spirit continues to urge us on.
Now two thousand years of Christianity cannot be understood however without taking into account two millennia of religious persecution. Over this period of time, there has never been a moment where somewhere in the world, believers risked their lives because of their Christian faith. Moreover, today Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the universe where more than half of the religiously persecuted people in our world are followers of Jesus Christ.