CHR Comment: Rev. Jean-Christophe Bieselaar was a priest serving in New York City in 2001 and currently serves as a chaplain in Paris. He describes how Americans look to the Lord as a refuge in times of crisis whereas the French tend to ask why God allows terrible things to happen. New York churches were full in 2001, with people standing in line to enter. Church attendance in Paris has jumped but the response is not nearly as great as was seen in New York.
Poland took a decisive turn to the right in its parliamentary election Sunday, tossing out the centrist party that had governed for eight years for a socially conservative and Euroskeptic party that wants to keep migrants out and . . .
CHR Comment: The article briefly mentions that the Law and Justice Party was seen as backed by the Roman Catholic Church, though the story does not explain who was seeing things that way. Poland has been a strongly Catholic country since the Counter Reformation and the church has always had a significant influence there. Hopefully there will be another story that clarifies the church’s role in the politics.
I wonder whether anyone has written a history of Vatican leaks, which seems to be an on-going problem. This story describes the most recent example.
This article gives a brief history of papal encyclicals, beginning in 1740. However, the apocryphal book of 2 Maccabees describes such letter writing already in the second century BC.
This a fascinating account of religious persecution in communist China, where tensions continue between Roman Catholics loyal to the pope and the country’s officially recognized patriotic church.
Although 84 percent of citizens in Ireland identify themselves as Roman Catholic, attendance at mass is down significantly. Only about a third of Irish Catholics now attend on a weekly basis.
A significant event since no Arabic speaking saints have been canonized for a very long time.
Raul Castro signaled a personal change in his relations to the Catholic Church after carefully following the teaching of Pope Francis. Castro also noted that Cubans are now free to exercise their faith, noteworthy changes for an atheistic, Catholic nation.
This story describes the surprise visit of Liberation theologian Gustavo Gutierrez as a speaker at a Roman Catholic conference on charity. Gutierrez was associated with Marxist views, which were mixing with Christian ideas about equality and poverty, leading to armed attempts to enforce equality.
The Cursillos movement started in Majorca, Spain (1944) with a focus on training lay people.