Don’t wish parishioners ‘good morning’ at the start of Mass, says Cardinal Tagle

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Priests should not wish their parishioners “Good morning” at the beginning of Mass, according to Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle of Manila. The words “The Lord be with you” are sufficient, he said. “With all due respect, my brother-priests, I do not see the need for saying ‘Good morning’ and similar greetings when God’s Real

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Iraqi Pastor Miraculously Survives Car Bomb

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An Iraqi pastor who miraculously survived a car bomb explosion in 2010 credits God with saving him, and says that God still has work for him to do. CBN News reports that Pastor Joseph sensed that something was amiss the morning of the car bomb explosion. He got into his car and started the vehicle as

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Christians Taking Children to Camp in India Charged with Kidnapping, Forced Conversion

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Six Christians taking children to a Vacation Bible School camp in Madhya Pradesh state, India, remain in custody after police detained them last month on charges of kidnapping and forcible conversion, sources said. Also detained was a 15-year-old boy who was held in a juvenile detention center for nearly a month before he was released

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Yawning youngsters inspire priest to cut homilies to five minutes

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A priest in Northern Ireland has promised his parishioners that his homilies will no longer last more than five minutes. Fr Paddy O’Kane, writing for Derry Now, made the vow after he heard several “short, sharp” sermons while sitting in the pews during a trip to Texas. He said many priests, “including myself, are under the

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Body of missing Indian priest found on Scottish beach

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Edinburgh police have found the body of an Indian priest serving in Scotland on a beach in East Lothian. Father Martin Xavier Vazhachira went missing around 13:00 on June 20. He was last seen in his parish house at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Corstorphine, and parishioners reported him missing when he

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Catholic Priest Kidnapped On His Way To Morning Mass, N80m Ransom Demanded

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Rev Father Matthew Oguleru, from Ijebu Ode diocese, was kidnapped in the early hours of Wednesday, June 21, 2017, when on his way to morning mass. He was abducted along Ilado, Ibefun-Ikorodu road. The kidnappers are currently demanding for N80million. His family members are asking Nigerians to join them in prayers for his safe release.

Patriarch to consecrate the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart

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The head of the Maronite Church is to consecrate Lebanon and the whole of the Middle East to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a pilgrimage to Fatima. The act of consecration by Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai will take place during a Eucharistic liturgy on Sunday, according to Fides news agency. It will mark the

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Indonesian priests appeal to Vatican after accusing bishop of embezzlement

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A group of priests in Indonesia’s Ruteng Diocese appealed to the Vatican to intervene and resolve a dispute with their bishop, whom they accuse of misappropriating more than $100,000 in church funds. Representatives of the priests, accompanied by a bishops’ conference official, met Archbishop Antonio Filipazzi, the outgoing apostolic nuncio in Indonesia June 16 to

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Christian Families in India Forced into Hindu Ritual, Denied Water

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Villagers in Uttar Pradesh state, India beat Christians, forced them to participate in Hindu rituals and have refused to provide them water, sources said. Four families who were attacked in Jalalabad village, Ghazipur District rely on the water to irrigate their fields, they said. “How will we survive if we don’t grow our crops?” Sasikala

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Christian Pastor Tortured in Vietnam for Evangelizing

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A pastor who is imprisoned in Vietnam recently reported to U.S. officials the torture he has been forced to undergo. According to Christian Today, Pastor Nguyen Chinh was arrested and imprisoned in Vietnam in 2011. He was charged with evangelizing and sentenced to 11 years in prison. His wife Tran Thi Hong revealed that her

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