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Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/09/12

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Friday, 21 September 2012

A Christian woman in Pakistan, one of the top 10 worst countries for religious freedom, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey (AP)

A Christian woman in Pakistan, one of the top 10 worst countries for religious freedom, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey (AP)

Christians suffer harassment in 111 countries around the world, a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey has found (full report).

Pope Benedict personally authorised the controversial additions to the doctrinal preamble presented to SSPX leader Bishop Bernard Fellay, Fr Franz Schmidberger, the Society’s German district superior, has said.

The widespread abortion of unborn girls may prevent China and India from becoming global superpowers, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has said.

An Italian entrepreneur has launched a new service providing Catholic websites with advertisements that accord with Church teaching.

CNN profiles the Sister caring for traumatised African migrants fleeing to Israel though Egypt’s Sinai desert.

Almir Franco de Sá Barbuda, the Brazilian ambassador to the Holy See, says he expects two million people to attend World Youth Day in Rio (video).

And Brandon Vogt hails a video by the American priest known as Fr Pontifex, explaining the Church’s position on same-sex marriage in rhyme.

  • Lewispbuckingham

    ‘prevent China and India from becoming global superpowers”
     ‘”The nature and scale of the global demographic future are becoming ominously clear.As Goldman points out, on present trends,”in the second half of this century most of the great powers of the past-Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia and Japan, among others will cease to function. A century later they will have ceased to exist.’ In Western Europe, by 2100 the working age population will have fallen by about 40 percent, and in Eastern Europe, Russia,and East Asia by some 66 percent. The least fertile European nations face a population decline of 40 to 60 percent, with Germany’s population projected to decline by 98 percent over the next two hundred years if present trends continue.
     Mervyn F. Bendle How Civilisations Die Quadrant Online no PW