In recent months, Pope Francis has been outspoken about ongoing conflict in Syria and the Middle East. After a chemical weapons attack on Syria, the Pope released a statement condemning the attacks. Now, Pope Francis is inviting leaders from all denominations in the Middle East to pray with him in Italy for peace in the Middle East.
The results of last year’s Catholic Media User Survey are in and with more than 1,000 responses, the survey shows people are turning to Catholic media for a refreshingly alternative perspective on events. In many cases, respondents also said Catholic media plays a pivotal role in the development of their faith.
As most of us know, the Star Wars franchise depicts the adventures of characters “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” and has amassed such a huge and devout following, it is often likened to a religion. It turns out, the feverence of Star Wars fans isn’t the only commonality between Star Wars and Catholicism.
Saint Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is 19 March — Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is 1 May — Joseph, the Worker.
Women Religious and prominent Catholic theologians are among diverse faith leaders who have signed a joint letter asking Mr Gautam Adani to abandon his proposed new coal mine in North Queensland and invest in renewable energy instead.
In April of 2008, Pope Benedict XVI issued a challenge to Catholic educators to put the Catholic identity ahead of other matters. Now, ten-years later, not everyone has embraced his vision for the future, 28 higher education programs recognised by the Cardinal Newman Society from their strength in Catholic identity were featured in the 2018-19 edition of The Newman Guide.
After five years, Pope Francis continues to surprise. Amongst other notable aspects of his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete Et Exsultate: On the Call to Holiness in Today’s World, women – saints, writers, witnesses, theologians, known and unknown ‒ are referenced frequently. It could be said that different readers look for different features – but when one belongs to a group that has frequently been marginalised, that’s entirely understandable.