Vatican leader Pope Francis and French President François Hollande held a private meeting on Wednesday where they discussed the murder of a priest at the hands of Islamic State supporters in July, finding unity following major disagreements over gay marriage and homosexuality earlier this year.
AFP reported that Hollande said he wanted to discuss "religious freedom, secularism and unity with respect for everyone."
"French secularism's message is one which unites, not one that wounds," Hollande said. "The Republic must defend the right to believe and also to not believe. more >>
A Hungarian Archbishop has warned that European nations are making a big mistake by allowing mass Muslim immigration, and said that Islam is guided by a "will to conquer," which is driving millions to come onto the continent.
"Jihad is a principle for Muslims that means they must expand," Catholic Archbishop Gyula Marfi of Veszprém said in an interview on Wednesday, according to Breitbart News. "The earth must become dar al-Islam, that is, Islamic territory, by introducing Shariah — Islamic law."
Marfi argued that the Muslim "will to conquer" is one of the key factors behind the millions of Muslim immigrants seeking refugee status in Europe, which has created a humanitarian crisis. more >>
Pope Francis has said that he's firmly opposed to the teaching of gender theory to children in schools, arguing that the idea that "everyone can choose their own sex" is the "exact opposite" of God's creation.
"Today, children are taught this at school: That everyone can choose their own sex. And why do they teach this? Because the books come from those people and institutions who give money," Francis told Polish bishops last week, according to Catholic Herald.
"God created man and woman; God created the world like this and we are doing the exact opposite." more >>
A Swedish priest from the Evangelical Lutheran national church says the brutal killing of Father Jacques Hamel in France by radical jihadists last week reveals that Islamists have declared war on Christianity.
Annika Borg's comments are one of a number of different reactions from Christians across Europe following the violent murder by two teenagers who pledged their allegiance to the Islamic State terror group that named the priest on a 2015 hit list.
Others, however, such as Roman Catholic Church leader Pope Francis, insist that if one talks about Islamic violence, then violence carried out by Catholics must also be addressed. more >>
ROME — Pope Francis has set up a commission to study the role of women deacons in early Christianity, the Vatican said on Tuesday, a move that might lead to changes in the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church.
Deacons, like priests, are ordained ministers, and as in the priesthood, must be men. They may not celebrate mass, but they may preach, teach in the name of the Church, baptize and conduct wake and funeral services.
Scholars debate the precise role of women deacons in the early Church. Some say they were ordained to minister only to other women, such as at immersion rites at baptism. Others believe they were on a par with male deacons. more >>
With more than 350,000 pilgrims attending the Roman Catholic World Youth Day week in Krakow, Poland, which is set to run through Sunday, one ministry has developed an app to help those in attendance and the millions watching from home connect and share their faith.
Zach Hunter, manager of product design and development at the American Bible Society, said that World Youth Day, which connects millions of Catholics around the world with the global community, is an opportunity for believers to form bonds and connect with the global Church.
"It also presents an opportunity for participants, whether pilgrims to Krakow or those participating remotely, to deepen their faith and grow closer to Christ," Hunter said in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>