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 …

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.

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 …

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.


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.

Iran Arrests Two, Seizes Bibles During Catholic Crackdown

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.”


Bishop Irate Over Mafia Kingpin’s Role as ‘Godfather’ in Baptism

In a bizarre scene that could have been lifted from a Francis Ford Coppola film, the son of Sicilian Mafia boss Totò Riina returned to his native town of Corleone to stand as godfather in his niece’s baptism, an act now denounced by the local bishop.


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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Irish Parliament Rejects Limited Abortion Bill

Dublin (AFP) – The Irish parliament on Thursday rejected proposed legislation to allow abortion in Ireland in cases of fatal foetal abnormality. Prime Minister Enda Kenny had instructed his Fine Gael party members to vote against the bill as the

Pope Francis takes off his skullcalp during his weekly general audience on February 10, 2016 at St Peter's square in Vatican

WATCH: Pope’s Skullcap Put Under The Hammer For Israeli Charity

The Times of Israel reports: A white skullcap worn by Pope Francis is up for auction with thousands of dollars in proceeds going to Israeli charity Save A Child’s Heart. The “authentic skullcap” given by Francis to an Italian TV

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‘Catholics May Vote for Bernie Sanders,’ Fordham Prof Argues

In a fascinating exercise in sophistry, Charles C. Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Jesuit-run Fordham University,makes the case that Catholics can in good conscience vote for a candidate who professes to be a socialist, advocates same-sex marriage, works against religious freedom and insists on women’s right to abortion.


Why Thomas Aquinas Distrusted Islam

The 13th-century scholar Thomas Aquinas, regarded as one of the most eminent medieval philosophers and theologians, offered a biting critique of Islam based in large part on the questionable character and methods of its founder, Mohammed.

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Slovenians Vote In Gay Marriage Referendum

KOPER (SLOVENIA) (AFP) –  Slovenia on Sunday began voting in a referendum on whether to allow the largely-Catholic EU member state to become Europe’s first ex-communist country to allow same-sex marriage. Polling stations opened promptly at 7:00am (0600 GMT), although hardly

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Muslim Group Hosts Interfaith Panel on Xenophobia

On Sunday, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) hosted a panel discussion titled “Overcoming Xenophobia: Lessons from the Catholic, Mormon & Jewish Experiences.”