Questions on the Faith: Why did God ‘harden’ Pharaoh’s heart?

Q: I would like to pose the following question in the Questions on the Faith section of CatholicNews. Why did God harden the following characters in the Bible which contradicted His gift of free will? God hardened Pharaoh’s heart which resulted in many dying from devastating plagues (Exodus 9:12). God hardened the hearts of Gentile [...]

The History Of The Bible’s Journey Around The World

Vatican City, 28 March 2014 (VIS) – This morning a press conference was held in the Holy See Press Office to present the exhibition Verbum Domini II: “God’s Word goes out to the Nations” is an exhibition that gathers together more than 200 historical findings, texts and rare Bible artefacts that tell the story of [...]

Publication Of Full Text Of Sentence Against Paolo Gabriele

Vatican City, 23 October 2012 (VIS) – Made public today was the full text of the sentence issued by the Tribunal of Vatican City State on 6 October, in which Paolo Gabriele was declared guilty of aggravated theft. On 6 October Paolo Gabriele had been sentenced to imprisonment for a period of three years although, [...]

Vatican II text on religious freedom is prophetic

In this Year of Faith article, Fr Bernard Teo explains why Dignitatis Humanae is even more relevant now as religious freedom is attacked in many parts of the worldDIGNITATIS HUMANAE, The Declaration on Religious Freedom, was Vatican II’s final major document that Pope Paul VI signed and promulgated on Dec 7, 1965.Although a relatively short [...]

Introducing new Mass text to young US adults

WASHINGTON – Mr Todd Williamson, director of the Office for Divine Worship in Chicago archdiocese, has a pretty tight schedule from now until Nov 27.He’s making sure Chicago Catholics are prepared for the new responses to be used in the Mass effective from the first Sunday of Advent, when the third edition of the Roman [...]

Two Nuns Produce the Text and Images for the Via Crucis

VATICAN CITY, 29 MAR 2011 (VIS) - The texts of the meditations for this year's Via Crucis or Way of the Cross at the Colosseum have, by order of the Holy Father, been written by Mother Maria Rita Piccione, president of the Federation of Augustinian Nuns, who resides in the Roman monastery of Santi Quattro [...]

The Word of God Gives Life

The power of the Word of God"The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, everything is uncovered and opened to the [...]

Ancient copy of bible to go online

A MANUSCRIPT OF what is believed to be the earliest complete copy of the New Testament is set to become available for viewing online. The "Codex Sinaiticus", a parchment manuscript, was written in the middle of the fourth century and is arguably the oldest Christian Bible in existence. For 70 years it has been the [...]