FRIDAY 09 MARCH 2018, IN TERRIS
Frightening things about Pakistan’s blasphemy law
ne of the most frightening things about Pakistan’s blasphemy law is that the simplest act can spiral into charges that can bring the death penalty. In the case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman, it started when she brought water to her fellow women workers on a farm. On that hot day in 2009, Bibi had a sip from the same container and some of the Muslim women became angry that a Christian had drunk from the same water. They demanded she convert, she refused. Five days later, a mob accused...
TUESDAY 05 DECEMBER 2017, IN TERRIS
Journey among the places of worship "violated" by worldly events and art exhibitions
The churches are not "simple meeting places", but "buildings destined to divine worship" and "dwelling place of God", in which "the truth and harmony of the signs that constitute it must manifest Christ who in that place is present and acts". These are the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1179 and 1180), in its second part, with regard to the place where the celebration of the Christian mystery must be. And until proof of the contrary, the Catechism is a living expression of an...
MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, IN TERRIS
In the Middle East, Christians are driven out from their homes and lands only for professing their faith. Pope Francis has repeatedly said that there are more martyrs today than in the early days of Christianity, and what is happening in Korea, in Sudan, in Pakistan and in so many other places in the world is there to prove it. But in the West, in the opulent, hedonistic and secularized West, which place has faith? The question arises from two facts which should lead us to a careful reflection....