Catholicism

PHOTOS: Philippines Crucifies Nine to Observe Good Friday

The Philippines province of Pampanga hosted nine crucifixions and dozens of flagellations in its Good Friday observance this year, a tradition the Vatican discourages but continues to thrive thanks to faithful who view it as the ultimate act of penance.

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Franciscan Friars, Guardians of Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre

JERUSALEM – Wearing traditional brown robes held in place by a white belt with three knots symbolising vows of “poverty, chastity and obedience”, Franciscan friars have long been a part of Jerusalem’s landscape.

Father Francesco Patton (2-R), a superior in the Franciscan order known as 'Custo', and friars prays in front of the entrance of the Tomb of Jesus, where Jesus Christ is believed to be buried, inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre at the end of the weekly Via Dolorosa (Way …

Catholics Celebrate Easter in Ancient Jerusalem Church

JERUSALEM — Hundreds of Christians are marking Easter by flocking to Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

A Coptic priest advances 04 April 2004 inside the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday as hundreds of followers of the different branches of Christianity began Easter celebrations by parading through Jerusalem's Old City before praying at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, believed to be the final …

Pope’s Timely Egypt Visit Comforts Grief-Stricken Middle East Christians

Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country’s tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants.

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Iran Arrests Two, Seizes Bibles During Catholic Crackdown

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps arrested a Christian mother and her son on February 20, seizing their Bibles and other religious literature, as part of what Fox News calls “a brutal crackdown on Catholicism.”

Iran Arrests Two, Seizes Bibles During Catholic Crackdown

Hillary to Bannon: Leave Paul Ryan Alone!

In the course of her tin-foily attempt to deflect from her foundation’s pay-to-play scandals by smearing Donald Trump’s supporters as racist Klan members in thrall to Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton defended Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan from the alleged anti-Catholicism of Donald Trump’s campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon.

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