WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Catholic students from across the United States met Monday with members of Congress and urged them to stand with Pope Francis on climate change, immigration reform, and human rights in Central America.
An estimated 1,200 concerned individuals, mostly college and high school students representing 90 Catholic institutions from 25 states, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico, gathered in Washington D.C. over the weekend for the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice conference.
To cap off the weekend-long conference, the liberal-leaning Ignatian Solidarity Network hosted a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill Monday morning, which marked the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year. more >>
The global persecution of Christians is uniting denominations, including Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, Pope Francis said in a message earlier this week.
"In various parts of the world, the witness to Christ, even to the shedding of blood, has become a shared experience of Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, Protestants, Evangelicals and Pentecostals, which is deeper and stronger than the differences which still separate our churches and ecclesial communities," Francis said in a message to Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. more >>
"A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," warns Pope Francis.
In his famous environmental encyclical letter "Laudato Si'" ("On Care for Our Common Home"), the holy father further warns, "In recent decades this warming has been accompanied by a constant rise in the sea level and, it would appear, by an increase of extreme weather events. …
"Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming." more >>
The Archdiocese of Manila has reportedly been forced to start recruiting new priests to deal with a "three-fold" increase in exorcism requests and reported demonic possessions in the Philippines.
"These days we have around 80 to 100 cases at any given time," Father Jose Francisco "Jocis" Syquia, chief exorcist at the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, shared with Catholic News Service.
Syquia revealed that the Catholic Church is struggling to keep up with all the exorcism requests, and many dioceses do not have in-house exorcists. He added that this is forcing some Christians to seek out "healers and occult practitioners," which according to the chief exorcist only attracts more demons. more >>
Roman Catholic bishops from around the world have signed an appeal to government leaders calling for them to agree on a "transformational climate agreement," and warned of a pending "disaster" unless actions are taken.
Catholic News Service reported that the leaders of the U.S. and Canadian bishops' conferences, along with leaders of the regional bishops' conferences of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Europe, all signed an appeal Monday at a summit in Paris calling on governments to reach a "fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement."
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, revealed that the appeal is a response to Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment. The appeal seeks to express "the anxiety of all the people, all the churches all over the world," and says that "unless we are careful and prudent, we are heading for disaster." more >>
Editor's note: The Christian Post has arranged with noted evangelical Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, an expert on and friend of The Catholic Church, to provide exclusive and rare coverage of the World Synod of the Catholic Church scheduled for October 3-24.
This Vatican Synod is generating great interest among Catholics and Evangelicals alike as Pope Francis continues to make overtures for increased cooperation with Evangelicals to protect religious freedom in a world of increased persecution of Christians. more >>