The Church: an institution and the body of Christ

In the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, St Peter encounters a crippled man begging for alms near the temple.Peter has no funds to give him but heals the man in the name of Jesus. Peter is the rock appointed by Jesus as leader of the Twelve to serve and to build up [...]

How the Holy Spirit ministers to people

How can you recognise the Holy Spirit acting in your life? It’s amazingly simple to discern His mysterious presence.Consider the times when you went against your own personal preferences and did something difficult in order to help others. You probably do that many times a day.St. Paul said, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so you [...]

What happened at the very first Pentecost

Fr Dale Launderville recounts the dramatic birth of the Church some 2,000 years ago.ON THE first Christian Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit in the year of Jesus’ crucifixion transformed this traditional Jewish feast of the wheat harvest for people gathered in Jerusalem from the various parts of the known world.These peoples were both [...]

Rebuilding trust between Vatican and Religious orders

New Vatican official says important to ‘know how to listen’VATICAN CITY – He has only been at the Vatican for four months, but Brazilian Archbishop Joao Braz de Aviz is already getting good reviews.As head of the Vatican office that oversees the world’s Religious orders, the 64-year-old archbishop inherited an assignment that in some ways [...]

Episcopal community in United States to join Catholic Church

Rev Mark Lewis stands outside St Luke Church. His community is preparing to enter the Catholic Church.BLADENSBURG, MARYLAND, USA – An Anglican community in the US has announced that it would seek entry into the Catholic Church.The St Luke Episcopal Parish in Bladensburg, Maryland, made the announcement on June 6.“I’m thrilled and tremendously humbled to [...]

Bishop asks parishes for help after tornado devastation

SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, USA – A US bishop has asked for humanitarian aid in the wake of a powerful tornado that ripped through cities and towns in western Massachusetts.Church agency Catholic Charities is in “immediate and ongoing need of household items, toiletries, clothing, baby needs, and non-perishable food supplies for the tornado’s victims”, said Springfield Bishop [...]

Diocese to end state-funded adoption when new law begins

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS, USA – The US Diocese of Rockford has announced that its Catholic Charities offices will no longer offer state-funded adoptions and foster-care services when the new Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act takes effect on June 1.Because the law did not include an exemption allowing religious organisations to refer adoptions or [...]

Couples for Christ growing fast in Nepal

KATHMANDU, NEPAL – Enthusiasm among members of Couples for Christ (CFC), whose aim is to strengthen Christian values and family life, is helping the lay movement grow in Nepal.Over a dozen people, all parishioners of Assumption Church in Kathmandu, gave talks and led prayer and discussion sessions to complete Nepal’s ninth Christian Life Programme – [...]

Philippine bishops weigh in on smoking ban

MANILA – Two bishops have given their support to the anti-tobacco campaign in the Philippine capital.In separate interviews on Church-run Radio Veritas, Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos, chairman of the Philippine bishops’ Office on Bio-Ethics, and Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao said smoking is harmful to smokers and non-smokers alike, reported the Asian Church news [...]

Chinese authorities postpone illicit bishop ordination

Fr Joseph Shen Guo’an of Wuhan was originally scheduled to be ordained a bishop on June 9.HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM – Thousands of Catholics from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City gathered at Redemptorist-run churches on June 5 to pray for the country to avoid sea disputes with neighbouring China.Some 10 days ago, [...]