The Magdala Center was originally to be built near the area of Migdal, but an archeological survey made a startling discovery: a first-century synanogue Jesus may have visited.
A mother and her six children who survived the floods and winds of Typhoon Haiyan died Wednesday when their tent in a camp near the city's airport went up in flames.
Authorities identified the victims as Maria Elisa Ocenar, 39, and her children Cathleen, 11; Justine, 10; Jan Mark, 6; Jovelyn, 5; Jasmine Claire, 3; and Jacklyn, 4 months, the Asian church news portal ucanews.com reported.
Lusaka's Catholic archbishop said African nations should do more to protect girls from oppression and harassment.
Laws need to be put in place to ensure that African girls are safeguarded from useless, abusive and oppressive traditional practices, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu said in late May at a Mass for the Little Servants of Mary Immaculate.
"As a church, we want to see the African girl child well-protected and respected right from the word go" the archbishop said.
NCR Today: Pope Francis confirmed that he wants to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka for two days in January, although neither bishops' conference has heard from him yet.
Pope Francis renewed his call for an end to war and terror as he finished his three-day journey to the Middle East with a marathon of meetings.
Despite insisting that his three-day trip in the Middle East would be “strictly religious,” Pope Francis dove headfirst into the political situation.
Religious of the Cenacle Sr. Malen Java Java presented on the topic “Faces of the Family: The Overseas Filipino Workers Challenge” on the first day of the four-day conference organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. She discussed the plight of families whose members are scattered in different countries because that is where they can find temporary work.
Documentary review: "Big Men" is not a fable on good and evil, but it has elements of the genre, forcing the viewer to ask critical questions.
"It's important to us that he's visiting Bethlehem and Palestine first. ... It was a message for all Palestinians: I'm coming to visit you."
Most Israelis welcome Francis' visit to the Holy Land as a chance to show the world a side of Israel that supports tolerance and dialogue.