Rudolph Otto famously described the religious sentiment as the mysterium tremendum et fascinans, “the tremendous and fascinating mystery”, but to be honest, that’s probably not how most Catholics experience it.For many Catholics, the faith may be primarily about community and worship, or about a set of doctrinal convictions, or...

Long before he assumed the highest office in the United States, President Donald Trump’s contradictory statements on everything from the war in Iraq to abortion were subjected to quizzically raised brows and prime-time debates. None of which has done the billionaire businessman any harm as he harangues and denounces anyone brazen enough to...

Gamal Tawfiq, a Coptic Christian schoolteacher, was walking home from work when his killers struck on February 16. Having been stalked through the streets of el Arish, the largest city on Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Tawfiq was shot from a passing motorcycle, on which the killers then made their hasty escape.The death of Tawfiq was the second...

A Christian watchdog in Iraq has warned that troops advancing on the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) frontline in Mosul may be about to uncover the site of a mass grave for Christians slaughtered by the terror group during its time in control of the city.The grim prospect has been offered by the Shlomo Organisation, a body tasked with documenting...

It has been reported that Muslims in the frontline Iraqi city of Mosul have prepared the Virgin Mary Chaldean church for the benefit of Christian families returning after the left-bank of the coty was liberated from the grip of so-called Islamic State (ISIS).Having served as a logistical base for the terror group during its occupation of Mosul,...

US becomes ‘warmer’ towards religious communitiesA new study in the United States has found that people there have more positive feelings towards religious groups today than four years ago. Undertaken by the Pew Research Centre, people surveyed were asked to rate groups on a ‘feeling thermometer’ ranging from 0 to 100....

A government official in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has announced that the much-anticipated presidential election may not go ahead after all this year due to the cost of staging such a poll.The announcement is a bitter blow to the nation’s Catholic bishops who had worked with opposing sides since late in 2016 when President...

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