Bishop Calls for Renewed Commitment by Christians to the European Project Cathal Barry Speaking at a major conference organised by Mary Immaculate College, Bishop Noel Treanor of Down & Connor has said: “The sources of the unique project that is Europe are to be found in both human reason and religious faith.”  The conference,...

“The Church exists to evangelise.” With these words, Pope Benedict officially opened the 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops last Monday.Addressing the gathered bishops who will, over the coming weeks discuss  the theme ‘The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith’, the Pontiff said that across...

An American quiz show based on contestants’ knowledge of the Bible has become the most successful game show in the history of the country’s Game Show Network. The American Bible Challenge was only launched late in August 2012 yet already accounts for 2 million viewers per show. Hosted by television personality Jeff Foxworthy, the programme is...

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) has welcomed the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2012 to joint winners who discovered the potential for non-embryonic cells in medical treatments. John B Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka were named winners this week. “This is an important milestone in...

Vatican - The Apostolic Penitentiary has published a decree announcing plenary indulgences for the Year of Faith. The faithful may gain special indulgences, - applicable also to the souls of the deceased faithful - each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council or the...

15 – The number of languages employed in a Bible-reading marathon in Pakistan. Concluding on October 6 after a week, the event took place at the Marian Shrine of Mariamabad, in the province of Punjab, and ran simultaneously to confessions, Masses, rosary, and Eucharistic adoration for the hundreds of faithful involved. The annual event was first...

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