Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule — the traditional site of Jesus' burial and resurrection — was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony.
NCR Today: In Rwanda, activists believe that the church has an important part to play in reconciliation.
Some 5 million people in South Sudan — half of its total population — are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished, a representative from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services said.
Famine has already gripped 100,000 people in Unity State and other parts of the nation, and if emergency food and aid don't get to people soon, "people will start starving to death or they will die of dehydration," Jerry Farrell, country representative in South Sudan for CRS, told Catholic News Service March 21.
Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin.
Testifying before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights here March 17, indigenous and church representatives from Ecuador, Peru and Brazil told of people being forced to leave their homes and communities pitted against each other because some support a mining company while others oppose it.
With his anti-Muslim rhetoric and planned travel bans, you’d think President Trump would be a favorite target for Islamic State’s propaganda. The jihadist caliphate in Syria and Iraq must be pulling out all the stops to slam him as the epitome of Islamophobia.
Well, think again. The extremist group that Trump vows to “totally obliterate” has hardly printed or broadcast a word about him since before the November election. The caliphate’s Ministry of Media acts almost as if he didn’t exist.
A 2015 bus attack in northern Kenya during which Muslims shielded Christians from al-Shabab militants is the subject of "Watu Wote," — Swahili for "All of Us" —a fictional film adaptation that focuses on religious integration and coexistence.
The Indian bishops' labor office has created an online system to register migrant workers, promote safe migration and help them in emergencies, reported ucanews.com.
Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland on St. Patrick's Day: "As Irish people, we cannot think of St. Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who find themselves displaced and without status in our world," said Martin.
The editor of the highest-circulation Dutch Catholic weekly said a "general sense of relief" in the church after March 15 elections was tempered by knowledge that many Catholics had supported the losing candidate. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right People's Party claimed victory with 21 percent of votes, over 13 percent gained by the nationalist Party for Freedom, headed by Geert Wilders, which has advocated banning the Quran and closing mosques and Islamic schools.
Religious leaders have criticized a ruling by the European Union's highest court that could allow employers to prohibit staff from wearing visible religious symbols in the workplace.