Thousands march in Yemen to demand change of government

  By Khaled Abdullah and Mohammed Ghobari Khaled Abdullah And Mohammed Ghobari – Thu Jan 27, 8:27 am ET SANAA (Reuters) – Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa Thursday to demand a change of government, inspired by the unrest that has ousted Tunisia’s leader and spread to Egypt this week. Reuters witnesses estimated that around 16,000…

Egypt collapses into violence and anarchy

By Jane Bradley and Shan Ross But some protesters and police embraced. Many nodded in agreement or said they would join demonstrators. One officer raised his fingers in a “V for a victory” sign. Others shouted words of encouragement and apologies at each other. The protests were organised on social networking sites such as Facebook…

Aide: Unity Requires More Than Tolerance

Father Lombardi Reflects on Ecumenical Week of Prayer  VATICAN CITY, JAN. 30, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Christian unity requires much more than simple tolerance and pluralism. True “conversion” is necessary, claims the director of the Vatican press office.  Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi made this observation during the most recent episode of Vatican Television’s “Octava Dies.” He reflected…

Heaven

The Maldives is an island nation. Rising sea levels in the Indian Ocean threaten this land of 376,000 people. It is, in fact, the lowest nation on earth. The county is still facing terrible effects from the 2004 tsunami. In a desperate attempt to save their people, they want to buy land from Sri Lank…

I Know the Shepherd

There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his one-man shows of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23. Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation – “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”..the crowd…

Jesus Defeated the Enemy

While the Battle of Waterloo was being fought, all England waited breathlessly for news. At last the message came slowly across the channel. “Wellington defeated” had just been sppelled out when a sudden blanket of fog obscured the signals. News of the disaster quickly spread, and the deepest gloom settled on the land. then the…

Pope sets up structure for former Anglicans; three ordained priests

By Simon Caldwell LONDON (CNS) — Almost immediately after he was ordained a Catholic priest along with two other former Anglican bishops, Father Keith Newton was named head of the new ordinariate for former Anglicans in England and Wales. The Vatican announced Jan. 15 that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had erected…

Is seeing believing? How the church faces claims of Marian apparitions

By Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the bishop of Green Bay, Wis., recently recognized a series of Marian apparitions from 1859, it marked the first time apparitions in the United States received official approval. That’s quite an achievement considering that more than 1,500 visions of Mary have been reported around the world, but…

Search for Christian unity is ‘moral imperative,’ pope says

ROME (CNS) — Giving in to the temptation of thinking the Christian churches will never be fully united is a sign of weak faith, Pope Benedict XVI said. “One must resist the temptation of resignation and pessimism, which is a lack of trust in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the pope said Jan. 25…

UK Prime Minister Acknowledges Pontiff’s Impact

Stresses Partnership With Holy See BIRMINGHAM, England, SEPT. 19, 2010 (Zenit.org).- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is underlining the impact of Benedict XVI’s visit, affirming that the Pope’s message has reached millions of citizens over the past few days. Cameron stated this in a farewell address to the Pope at the Birmingham International Airport. Today…