Dumped, But Newborn ‘Hope’ Lives

There can be no excuse for doing this: The tiny baby lay in a plastic bag in the veld, blue and ice cold, with no hope of a chance on life. Her umbilical cord and placenta still attached to her, she would not have survived another hour. But this newborn was given a new lease…

A Neighbor Can Also Be Met Online

While involved in the digital world, we must never forget the question: “Who is my neighbor?”, and to really establish our presence in an evangelical sense. The Pope said this in a message entitled “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age”. The Message, for the World Day of Social Communications, was presented…

High Stakes and Hopes for Egypt's Christians in Historic Protests

CNA reports: Cairo, Egypt – As clashes between anti-government protesters and Egyptian police intensified on Jan. 28, some Coptic Orthodox Christians disregarded their church’s call for peaceful non-involvement – in hopes that the possible abdication of President Hosni Mubarak could advance the cause of their freedom. Professor Emad Shahin, a political scientist at the University of Notre…

Hundreds of South Africans Pray for Nelson Mandela at Church

Associated Press: Johannesburg (AP) — Hundreds of South Africans filled a historic church Sunday morning to pray for former president Nelson Mandela after his release from a local hospital earlier this week. Rev. Benedict Mahlangu, a priest at the main Roman Catholic church in the black township of Soweto, lit a candle and asked congregants…

The Ordinariate on Sky News

This in via the busy Ordinariate Portal: Hundreds of disillusioned Anglicans are expected to defect to the Roman Catholic Church in time for Lent. It follows a campaign by Father Keith Newton to leave the Church of England in protest at its stance on the ordination of women and gay clergy. Fr Newton has encouraged Anglicans…

A Prayer for a Happy Death

This beautiful Prayer for a Happy Death was written by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. In it we ask for all of the elements of a happy death: contrition and absolution; Last Rites and the reception of Holy Communion; and spiritual and physical peace. It is an ideal prayer to pray before going to bed.…

Church Must Make Women Bishops, say MP's

Just another affirmation of the need for and the validity of the Ordinariate: The Government is being asked to remove the Church of England’s exemption from equality laws if it does not end the bar to women being made bishops. The Telegraph has the story: A group of influential MPs will tomorrow call for Parliament to…