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With Christianity dying out in Europe we need the family more than ever


The prophetic words of John Paul II

It's a real wake up call. Jesus is losing his influence in Europe. Christianity is dying out.


We've known for some time now that Christianity is on the decline in Europe, but recent data released by thePew Research Centerreveals just how stark that decline is.


Indeed, it is the only decline in any religion in any part of the world between 2010 and 2015. But for Christianity's decline in Europe, every religion across all continents witnessed an increase in numbers, including Christianity itself, which is growing rapidly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Show of unity as Muslims and Christians come together to fend off gunmen

It has been reported that a group of Muslims protected Christians by refusing to allow themselves to be split up into groups when their bus was ambushed by gunmen.


The incident happened in the village of El Wak in Kenya, near to the country's border with Somalia.


This as an extremely brave gesture and we commend those who stood strong in the face of violence. We are all God's children and we must resist such despicable and unnecessary violence. 


Click here for the full story at bbc.

Another pope, another prophecy: Pope Benedict was right about Islamic extremism

Pope Benedict at the University of Regensburg
 
When Pope Benedict started speaking at the University of Regensburg in 2006 there was little clue as to the controversy that was about to unfold.  The pope would use the lecture to respond sternly to increasing instances of violence by Islamic extremists across the globe, a move that many westerners felt most uncomfortable with.
 
 
While I would not wish to delve into the intricacies of Pope Benedict’s lecture, his fundamental message with regard to Islam is that, unlike Christianity, Islam (or at least some of its members) does not appear to link God to reason.

Catholic Mother of IS Victim Forgives Her Son’s Killer

James Foley
 
The Catholic mother of murdered journalist James Foley has said that she forgives Mohammed Emwazi (known as ‘Jihadi John’) who is believed to have killed her son.  Diane Foley told the Times: “It saddens me, his [Jihadi John’s] continued hatred.  He felt wronged, now we hate him – now that just prolongs the hatred.  We need to end it.  As a mum I forgive him.  The whole thing is an ongoing tragedy.”
 
If ever there was faith in action in our modern world, this is it.

Were the Crusades Just Wars?

 
In this latest Catholic Answers article, Steve Weidenkopf explores the reality of the Crusades in order to refute common modern myths suggesting the Church is culpable for unnecessary death and destruction.
 
There is a lot of confusion about the Crusades and who is at fault, and this article certainly brings considerable clarity to the matter, citing Islamic invasions of Christian lands as the catalyst for a just Christian response.
 
Click here to read the article at catholic.

Is there really no salvation outside the Catholic Church?

Is the Catholic Church the only way to eternal life?
 
Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelisation at Catholic Answers, considers this most crucial question in his latest blog piece at catholic.com. 
 
In a thoroughly detailed and considered view on the matter, Tim comes to the following important conclusions:
 
1.No one who knowingly and deliberately rejects the truth will be saved. It doesn’t matter how good of a Muslim, Jew, Baptist, or anything else he may be. If anyone rejects the truth of Christ and his Church—even one definitive teaching—they will be lost.

Huge Catholic Youth Event in Scotland Aims to Unite in Solidarity with Persecuted Christians

 
Aid to the Church in Need, an organisation which helps persecuted Christians around the world through prayer, information and action, is inviting Catholic High Schools and Universities from all over Scotland to gather in Carfin on 11th June in a show of solidarity with persecuted Christians.
 
The event, which will take place at Carfin Grotto near Motherwell, is expected to be the largest ever gathering of young Catholics in Scotland.
 
Beginning with the midday Angelus, the event will then play host to a programme of Adoration, music and guest speakers.

Charlie Hebdo: secularism is not the solution but the problem, says Tim Stanley

 
Tim Stanley suggests that secular Europe and its lack of understanding of religion may be a major issue as Paris feels the full brunt of militant Islam.
 
As he looks back at Emeritus Benedict XVI's Regensburg address in 2006, a speech which brought about great criticism for the then pontiff, he considers how Benedict made two useful observations for Europe and its need to harmonise communities with different beliefs.
 
Stanley comments that harmonisation of these different cultures is difficult and stresses the importance of dialogue.

First new church in a century to be built in Turkey

A new Syriac Orthodox Church is to be built on the outskirts of Istanbul.  It is the first new Christian church to be built in Turkey for a century.
 
 

Religious Freedom Increasingly Under Threat According to New Report

 
Aid to the Church in Need has released a report which it claims is a 'comprehensive assessment on the threat to religious liberty today'.
 
The report, which can be accessed using the link below, states that the fundamental right to religious freedom 'is the most critical need in a divided world where, in some parts there is a religious revival, and in others, a trend towards religious indifference and atheism.'
 
Of the 196 countries in the world, a total of 81 (or 41%) were identified as places where religious freedom is impaired or in decline.
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