Monthly Archives: December 2018

Pope Francis, at the cinema tomorrow!

Pope Francis, at the cinema tomorrow, September 28th is an Argentinian and Spanish film by Beda Docampo Feijoo.

Inspired by the book “The Pope Francis: Life and Revolution” Elisabetta Piqué (correspondent Argentine correspondent in the Vatican, friend of Pope Francis), this film tells the life of an extraordinary man with extraordinary destiny.

The synopsis:

Who is hiding behind Pope Francis?

Ana, a young Spanish journalist, is sent to the Vatican to cover the conclave of 2005. She then meets Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, bishop of Buenos Aires, unknown to the general public and outsider of the election. Befriending her, she learns to better know the life of a humble and atypical man who has dedicated his life to the struggles against dictatorship, poverty, drugs, modern slavery. She gradually discovers the incredible journey, from her childhood to her 2013 election, of the one now known as Pope Francis.

Pope Francis, main protagonist, you will understand!, Is interpreted by Dario Grandinetti. The film is mainly shot in Argentina in many places where the facts evoked really took place, as well as in emblematic places in Rome and Madrid. It contains the main episodes of his life (his youth, his Jesuit period, his episcopal period).

Beyond the life of this great man, the film tells the “revolution” that the Pope is implementing in the Church. It helps us understand the why of this “revolution” in progress.

One of the questions that one could ask: the character that we see on the screen remains faithful to the one who is today on the throne of Saint Peter (and despite its lack of resemblance!) ? According to Elisabetta Piqué, the film faithfully records the life of this man who, since March 13, 2013, continues to surprise the world.

So, tomorrow tomorrow in theaters! We go, and you

Le Comptoir Religieux welcomes you Saturday, December 1st for a big Christmas sale

You can find all the products offered by Le Comptoir Religieux, including the many models of cribs . The characters of Willow Tree cribs or Yves Le Pape are real works of art, carved by hand before being reproduced in resin. The stylized features of the characters, the postures all gently induce the recollection and prayer and take place in your home to celebrate Christmas with family. Modern and timeless, they will bring down the joy of Christmas in your home with their soft or bright colors.

Those who love traditional santons will turn to the cribs created by Marcel Carbonel , a Santon santonnier who maintains up to date the tradition of cribs welcoming many characters. The trades of the past are represented, the clothes and the faces, the gestures, the postures are of unequaled precision, and witnesses of the history of the nursery and that of Provence, indissociable. Families who love bright, cheerful colors will prefer La Ronde des crèches and their playful and friendly little characters, with whom children will want to play and who will help them discover the beautiful story of the Nativity.

But at Le Comptoir Religieux you will also find a very nice selection of religious books . Bibles, prayer books, stories for children or adults, there is something for all tastes and ages! You will be able for example to make sing your friends or your family with the book + CD The most beautiful songs of Christmas, in which you will find the songs of your childhood, such as “Sweet Night”, “He was born the divine child” or “Long live the wind” … Children can learn the songs by reading the lyrics and even learn to play the music since the scores are included!

Christmas is also an opportunity to pray, and therefore to offer prayer books: Maité Roche’s First Christmas Prayers are perfect for young children, who will love the artist’s illustrations and find simple words to pray for anything. throughout Advent and for Christmas. The Little Prayers to Offer “Christmas” will not only allow children to pray, but to offer detachable cards, a fun way to share their faith with friends, family or guests. They will also be able to color with the Maité Roche Christmas Coloring Pages, a coloring album that offers 32 Christmas-themed coloring pages, with cutting cards, characters to create …

One can also choose religious gifts among the DVDs : the story of the birth of Jesus in the Nativity DVD will appeal to both young and old (children also adore watching the movies they love). The wonderful Christmas story is also a cartoon and retraces a faithful and integral account of the Nativity. Ideal to understand Christmas Eve, and to watch with family.

We also invite you to discover this year the Noel market of Lille 2012 between November 21 and December 30, 2012 at Place Rihour in the heart of the city of Lille.

The Comptoir Religieux is waiting for you to discover its universe!

Did you buy your Christmas gifts?

Religious gifts? And why not !

You only have a few days left before Christmas, to finalize the gifts that you wish to offer to your loved ones! As you know, at Le Comptoir Religieux, we like to offer religious gifts! The false idea that religious gifts are reserved for communions or confirmations is therefore removed from the head, because today there is an enormous choice possible, both for very young children and teenagers, and even for children. adults …

To introduce Jesus to little children

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The first Christmas prayers by Maite Roche

For the little ones, easy! Books of nursery rhymes, songs, very little prayers like The first prayers for Christmas of Maïté Roche that they will like to be told in the evening and then to watch again and again all alone.

There are also books with CDs and they can listen to songs and memorize them more easily and even DVDs with movies or cartoons.

Playing with the world of Faith

As soon as they can read, children can turn to the adventures of Loupio, an endearing boy who will lead them through many adventures and to meet God, the saints … or read the Bible! Of course, I am talking about the Bible in manga, specially studied for young people, of which there are now several volumes.

But one can also play puzzles, or play, and universal games, such as the game of 7 families or 1000 terminals of the Bible , games adapted to the religious world, but which retain all their playful side.As we know, gifts for teens are more complicated to find, especially in our society of hyper consumption and use of high-tech techniques to excess. There is still no religious IPod (but it may come!), But on the other hand, we can offer young Ze Bible, a Bible created especially for them, and which, in addition to telling them about life Jesus and the history of religions, answers the many questions that arise at this transitional age.

Religious gifts for all tastes!

For adults or young adults, here too the choice is vast: santons to start or complete a nursery (a good idea of ​​gifts from godparents godchildren, who will be delighted after a few years to have a complete crib ), cross to ask or hang, rosaries, frames of the Patron Saint, icons, medals or crosses, statues or figurines … and of course a very large choice of books!

So quickly, quickly, we hurry and we finish to finish his gifts, with all these good ideas in mind!

The Strasbourg Christmas Market

You are going to think that you are speaking in this season of the Strasbourg Christmas market is not quite current … Yes … and no! Indeed, you will have to wait until the end of the year to get there, between November 28 and December 31, but if you want to fully enjoy this beautiful city and discover its legendary Christmas market, you will have to to get there in advance, would it be to book accommodation, because it attracts many tourists from all over Europe …

So that’s why we’re talking about Christmas in the spring!

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The Strasbourg Christmas Market is famous all over Europe!

It must be said that the Strasbourg Christmas market is extremely famous since it has been held every year since 1570! An ancient tradition that brings joy to young and old as the whole city dresses up to celebrate Christmas in joy. At the time of course the “Christkindelsmärik” (baby Jesus market) was not as important as it is today! Because more than 300 chalets are now installed, spread over different sites following themes, which makes the Christmas market in Strasbourg one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe! The city of Strasbourg has also won the contest “Best Christmas market in Europe 2014! (Among Barcelona, ​​Basel, Birmingham, Brussels, Cologne, Dresden, Lille, Nuremberg and Vienna).

Several Christmas markets for everyone

You will thus discover, distributed throughout the city, several typical markets:

    Traditional Christmas markets:

  • Christkindelsmärik, Broglie Square
  • Christmas market of the cathedral, cathedral square
  • Market of the three wise men, place Benjamin-Zix
  • Golden Square Market, new Temple Square
  • Christmas Markets Place du Corbeau and Place de la Gare
    Gourmands will be able to find themselves in two markets:

  • Christmas delight market in Alsace, Place d’Austerlitz, which brings together bakers from Strasbourg and the region, winemakers of the Golden Crown, farmers producers of foie gras from Alsace … You will be able to taste products Alsatian traditional: bredle, foie gras from Alsace, wines from the region, without forgetting the warm white wine of Alsace to warm you up!
  • Market of the irreducible small producers of Alsace, place des meuniers

And lovers of books will feast at the Christmas book, room Aubette place Kléber, while the curious will go to have fun discovering Alsatrucs Place Broglie, which brings together objects created by local artisans.

But it should be noted that the Christmas market in Strasbourg is not organized only for tourists: there is also in the Village of Sharing, Place Kleber a welcome for the needy with more than 80 charities, humanitarian and clubs services that share their solidarity actions during the Advent season.

And of course, let’s not forget the children who can meet at the Children’s Village, Place Saint Thomas! And a guest every year: the city of Strasbourg invites for each Christmas market a friendly country. For Christmas 2013, Croatia was in the spotlight, from which it was possible to discover the secrets and charms in the Croatian Village.

Strasbourg at Christmas time, they are also beautiful illuminations with miles of garlands, a huge tree 30 meters high, a blue tree and a crystal tree, cruises, concerts, shows, exhibitions, walks … what to enjoy this beautiful city!

Religious manual activities

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Draw, make, paint, color, assemble, paste, cut. All children love manual activities. Tinker as mom and dad, it’s great. The manual religious activities on the occasion of Christmas take all the senses!

In every corner of the world, the Church celebrates the birth of her Lord. God comes into our world and reveals his name: Jesus, the Emmanuel, which means “God is with us”. He comes to live in our world, he becomes one of us, he dwells in us today.

So here are some ideas for entering the Advent season. Ideas abound and we now have many choices. For all ages, everyone will find his pleasure. This year Advent begins on December 2nd.

  • The Makomoulage brought out its edition “Christmas crib” 2 or 3 years ago. Make the plaster first, cast the characters and paint them. Back in child for parents and grandparents! 
  • Mandala-style spiritual coloring that is very fashionable
  • The giant coloring in the shape of a village welcoming the Holy Family
  • Paste to assemble and paint
  • Little prayers to color
  • Christmas special activities in the shape of a holiday book

One can also imagine creating an Advent wreath with candles or making greeting cards to send to loved ones. Regarding the decoration for the tree and the house, we can also find a thousand ideas!

And of course without forgetting the traditional calendar of Advent. If we put spiritual messages or small “good deeds” that allow us to be in touch with God throughout the period, it is even more enjoyable than chocolate.

We love to dive in Christmas with our children during the whole Advent season to make them understand the meaning and to gather at every moment.

And you? Whatactivities are you planning to do with your children during Advent? Tell us in the comments below!

Pope Benedict XVI, guide of Catholics in the World

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Saint Peter, ancestor of the popes

The lineage of the popes goes back to Peter, whose role was to preside over the unity of the Church, as St. Matthew says: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church … I will give you the keys from the Kingdom of Heaven “(Mt 16. 18-19). It is in Alexandria in 306 that we meet for the first time the word pope to designate a religious leader. This title was awarded to Bishop Peter of Alexandria.

Benedict XVI, 265th to exercise the Pope’s office

Habemus papam! Our current pope, Benedict XVI, was elected on April 19, 2005, after four rounds of voting and a conclave that lasted a little over 24 hours, and as is the tradition, the white smoke escaping from the roof of the Sistine Chapel which formalizes its enthronement. He becomes the 265th Pope and the 8th German Pope in history. At 78, he is the oldest pope when he took office, since Clement XII in 1730.

A pope to guide Catholics

He explains the choice of his name: ” I chose the name Benedict in reference to Benedict XV, who guided the Church in the difficult period of the First World War. In his footsteps, I wish to participate in reconciliation and harmony between men and between peoples “but also refers to Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine order:” The name of Benedict also evokes the father of Western monasticism, co-patron of Europe, particularly venerated in my country and especially in Bavaria. St. Benedict of Nursia had inscribed in his rule not to put anything above Christ. We will therefore ask Him to help us to keep our gaze fixed on Christ. “

On that day he pronounced these words: ” Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the Cardinals elected me, a simple and humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord. The fact that the Lord knows how to work and act also with insufficient instruments consoles me and above all, I put myself back to your prayers, in the joy of the Risen Christ, trusting in his constant help. We are going forward, the Lord will help us and Mary, His Most Holy Mother, is on our side. Thank you. “

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A pope who loves the traditions of the church

Joseph was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in Germany. Member of the Hitler Youth (at the time obligatory) during the war, he then studied philosophy and theology in Munich. Ordained priest, he then becomes a teacher and doctor of theology.

Paul VI made him cardinal in 1977 and in 1981 he was appointed by John Paul II Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He also chairs the Commission for the preparation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church from 1986 to 1992 and presents as such the new catechism to John Paul II.

Until then known as Cardinal Ratzinger, he is considered the leader of conservative Catholics, who are reassured by his doctrinal intransigence, especially after the reign of John Paul II, often considered too progressive and open to dialogue with other religions.

Indeed, Benedict XVI is fiercely opposed to homosexuality, abortion, contraception (especially condoms, even when it comes to AIDS) and women priests, so many “sensitive” subjects within Catholic Church. He wants to put forward the notions of marriage and family and also preaches the celibacy of priests. He wishes to restore the meaning of the Eucharist, is open to Opus Dei as well as to fundamentalists. We also note that dialogue with Islam is not one of his priorities.

Secours Catholique, symbol of the fight against poverty

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Secours Catholique, everyone knows it, at least in name, but do you know the detail well? This non-profit organization, which is a service of the Catholic Church in France, was created on September 8, 1946 by Father Jean Rodhain and has since been trying to help the poorest and most destitute “without distinction of race, religion or nationality “, as much as it seeks to combat exclusion by means of local support and promotes social justice. It also contributes in situations of humanitarian emergency, political or social crisis, poverty or underdevelopment, carried out with local Caritas associations.

Secours Catholique, a national cause

The association was recognized as a public utility in 1962, then declared a national cause in 1988. It works with the government, by establishing social reports, and it is the French branch of the Caritas Internationalis network.

The Caritas France Foundation, created on April 30, 2009 and recognized by public utility on June 16, 2009 aims to fight against poverty and exclusion in France and in the world, regardless of religion or race.

Impressive figures at the service of the poorest

Secours Catholique manages an annual budget of € 148 million and federates a network of 62,000 volunteers, with 97 diocesan delegations and 3,900 local teams to “bring, wherever the need arises, to the exclusion of all national or confessional particularism, any help and any direct or indirect aid, moral or material, whatever the philosophical or religious options of the beneficiaries “. It also manages three branches: the Cité Saint-Pierre in Lourdes, the Abraham House in Jerusalem and CEDRE, which specializes in assisting asylum seekers and is also a partner of associations it has founded such as the Association of Cities of Catholic Relief.

In France: 1 450 000 people are welcomed and accompanied each year in 2 440 places of reception. Internationally: 480 operations are carried out in 69 countries, in connection with the Caritas Internationalis network (165 Caritas); there are more than 3.7 million direct beneficiaries of international aid.

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The mission of Secours Catholique (extract from the website of the association)

Secours Catholique’s mission is to promote Christian charity through the implementation of concrete solidarity among all, in France and in the world.

  • It considers that men, women and children living in poverty are the first actors in their development.

  • It is committed to their side to fight against the causes of poverty and exclusion, and to promote the development of the human person in all its dimensions.

  • It seeks a militant partnership with organizations that share its goals to promote social justice in local, national and international politics.

  • Testifying of the Gospel, he invites each person to meet the poorest, to listen to them, to support them and to associate with them to build together a just and fraternal society.

Great principles for solidarity action

Secours Catholique organizes each year in May a major international campaign and six main principles guide the action of Secours Catholique, in France and internationally:

  • promote the place and voice of people living in situations of poverty;
  • make each actor of his own development;
  • associate with people living in situations of poverty;
  • to act for the development of the human person in all its dimensions;
  • act on the causes of poverty and exclusion;
  • to awaken solidarity.

Overview of the Christian minorities in the world

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We French Christians often find it difficult to imagine that some Christians around the world are victims of persecution while they want to live their religion in peace. We often talk about Africa and the Middle East in the media, but know that there are also persecuted Christian minorities in Asia and even in Europe, not so far from home!

And yet Christianity is the first religion in the world with 2.2 billion followers! But this number has been declining for several years and in Europe, the number of Christians in proportion to other religions has dropped from 95% to 76%, a not insignificant figure. The same phenomenon occurs in the United States, where Christians went from 96% to 86%.

Fortunately, the number of Christians is not decreasing as much in the countries of the South, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where the proportion has instead blown up: from 9% in 1910, it nowadays reaches 63%! If we can rejoice in these figures and the increase in the number of Christians in the world, we must however realize that they cause serious problems, since they make rise movements and anti-Christian violence .

A short tour of the Christian world not exhaustive …

Israel

There are not only Jews in Israel! But nearly 150,000 Christians, who represent 2% of the population. These Israeli Arabs enjoy Israeli citizenship, but have no political weight. They do not suffer the fate of the Palestinians, even if they are considered to be Arabs …

Jordan

The Christian community of Jordan is protected by the monarchy, even if it does not enjoy any political power. Jordanian Christians represent less than 6% of the population, or 350,000 Christians, including 120,000 Catholics: Maronites, Greek-Melkites, Chaldeans and Latin.

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Egypt

The Copts, Christians of Egypt, represent about 10% of the population of the country, or 8 to 10 million people, and it is therefore a very important Christian community. Targeted by several attacks, the Coptic community is also sidelined from official institutions and power (out of 508 seats in the Egyptian National Assembly, only 3 elected Copts …). It should be noted, however, that Copts enjoy freedom of worship, even though they must obtain permission from the authorities to build or restore a church.

Iraq

In Iraq, Christians are few, with less than 3% of the population, or 600,000 Christians. Their situation is worsening from year to year and Iraqi Christians are facing a resurgence of attacks. Many migrate to the West or Kurdistan.

Iran

The Islamic Republic has 135,000 Christians, 20,000 of whom are mainly Chaldean Catholics, less than 0.3% of the population. This community, because of its small size, is accepted without problem by the Iraqi population, just like the Jewish community.

Lebanon

Lebanon has about 40% of its population of Christians, or 1.5 million mainly Maronites. The country hosts 18 religious communities, 13 of which are Christian and it is one of the few countries where the Christian community plays a political role. But economic crisis and political tensions mean that many Christians leave the country every year.

Syria

Syrian Christians are not too much to complain about since their freedom of worship is guaranteed by the secular nature of the regime. They represent about 4.5% of the population, less than one million people.

Gulf States

The 3.5 million Christians of different churches can worship anywhere except Saudi Arabia, which only allows Islam.

Palestinian Territories

Christians represent a very small 2% of the population, or 60,000 people, and many of them are forced into exile.

Turkey

In 1900, Turkey had 20% Christians and today, more than 0.1% of the population, or 80,000 Christians. A decrease to be attributed to the Armenian genocide and the many massacres and conflicts in this country.

On the way to WYD 2016!

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They will start World Youth Day (WYD 2016)! Who goes there ?

“We must transmit to the world this fire of mercy. I entrust this duty to the Church in Krakow and Poland, and to all the faithful of the Divine Mercy, who will come here from Poland and from all over the world. Be witnesses of Mercy! St. John Paul II, 2002. An immense Feast of Faith in which young people from all walks of life and from all countries meet and experience the love of God.

So here we are in Poland, in Krakow which will begin the 31 th World Youth Day next week! An opening Mass presided over by Cardinal Stanislaus Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, will take place on 26 July to launch the WYD. During this mass will be presented the symbols of the WYD, that is to say, the cross (en route since last April) and the icon of the Virgin Populi Romani.

The following mornings will be devoted to catechesis with the bishops. A youth festival with concerts, shows, exhibitions, sports tournaments … will also be in full swing during the afternoons.

The following highlights:

Thursday, July 28 : welcoming ceremony of Pope Francis
Friday, July 29th: C hemin de Croix
Saturday, July 30: vigil with the Pope
Sunday, July 31: sending mass where will be announced the next WYD.

Instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1986, they are an annual event that allows every young person to meet other young people from all over the world . Every 2 or 3 years, the WYD is a gathering in a big metropolis.

This year it is Poland and more specifically Krakow that welcomes young people. In 2013, WYD took place in Rio de Janeiro.

John Paul II, who had always paid special attention to young people, had sent them on the evening of his election a strong message: ” You are the future of the world and the hope of the Church “.

In 1984, he invited young people to gather in Rome to celebrate a special jubilee for youth. This first meeting brought together nearly 300,000 young people. On this occasion, John Paul II entrusted them with the Cross of the Holy Year, which later became the WYD Cross. In 1985, declared the International Year of Youth by the UN, 450,000 young people participated in a rally in Rome on a theme from Peter’s first letter: “Always be ready to give an account of your hope. “(1P 3, 15).

The success of these two large gatherings encouraged John Paul II to formalize the “World Youth Day”.

And you? Are you there? You could not but are on the lookout for all the info?

Tax allocation, ecclesiastical tax … this is how religions are financed in European countries

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The separation of the Church and the State and the financing of the religious institution is an open debate that does not seem to end. This cyclical controversy reaches its peak every year in Spain when the time comes for the declaration of income and mark (or not) the famous box. However, resorting to taxes is not the only form of economic cooperation between both agencies.

In Europe, there are two ways of financing religious confessions, as detailed by Alejandro Torres Gutiérrez, professor of Public Law at the University of Navarra, in his publication Financing religions in the European space of the year 2011:

Direct financing: this way implies that it is the State itself that supports, through a budgetary allocation, the different religions, especially those of greater tradition and social roots. This is the case of most countries in the East, Belgium, Greece and Luxembourg. This method also includes the tax allocation , which in the case of Spain is reflected in that controversial box to allocate a percentage of the contribution of each taxpayer in favor of the Catholic Church.

Tax benefits and exemptions are the most common methods of indirect financing. In addition, direct financing includes the ‘ecclesiastical tax’, a tribute created specifically for those taxpayers who want to sustain the Church economically. This fee can be paid directly by the State, as in Denmark or Finland, where bishops and priests receive their salary from the public treasury; or the State Treasury can only serve as a collecting agency , as in Germany.

Indirect financing: benefits and tax exemptions are the most common methods of indirect financing of the Church. For example, tax incentives are granted to individuals or companies that make donations to religious institutions, through deductions from income tax or corporate tax.

“It is the solution that gives least problems from the point of view of the principle of secularity of the State,” says Alejandro Torres. France is the country that best illustrates this way of financing, from the law that was enacted in 1905 and that expressly prohibits the direct financing of religious confessions.

“For a full realization of the principles of secularism, neutrality and separation Church-State, it would be necessary that the models of financing of religious confessions rest on the effort of the faithful and not of the States”, defends the professor.

The Spanish case

Although the Catholic Church has set itself the goal of heading towards self-financing for years, progress towards that goal has been practically imperceptible . “Neither the State has reminded the Church of this commitment, in all this time, nor has it made an effort to mentalize its faithful, why, when it is the State that pays,” says Torres in the study. However, the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE) ensures that ” the Church continues taking unequivocal steps to achieve sufficient resources for its support, as established in the agreements.”

The system of direct financing of the Catholic institution in Spain through the tax assignment implies a “reduction of public revenues” . That is, while in countries like Germany, the State collects 100% of the income tax and those faithful who wish can contribute between 8% and 10% extra (the ecclesiastical tax), in our country, the Treasury only stays with 99.3% of the IRPF. The remaining percentage can be allocated to the Church or to social purposes.

So that the Church could self-finance, “each faithful would have to pay 50 cents for each Sunday Mass.” It was in 2006, during the first legislature of Zapatero, when that percentage went up from 0.5% to 0.7% . In return, the Church renounced the money it received from the State through the General Budgets, a reform “balanced” from the point of view of Catholicism.

The collection of this controversial box, which amounted to almost 250 million euros in 2011 , “is destined, together with the rest of the income, to cover the basic needs of the Church, that is, to keep the priests, to carry out the pastoral mission to evangelize and live the faith and attend to the immense assistance work for others, “says Fernando Giménez Barriocanal, deputy secretary general of the Episcopal Conference for economic affairs.

In addition, the Catholic Church enjoys tax exemptions and numerous advantages in matters not only tax. “In Spain there are about 100,000 ecclesiastics who are not obliged to pay the IBI of their homes, ” explains Alejandro Torres, who argues that the system of self-financing of the Catholic Church is viable. “Making an approximate calculation, each faithful would have to pay 25 euros a year, about 50 cents for each Sunday Mass, to cover all expenses,” he says.

“To a lesser extent, the Church is financed with the return of patrimony for the proper purposes of the Church, as well as through services, agreements, etc., in a regime comparable to any other non-profit entity,” they say from the EEC.

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By countries

  • Germany: the Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant churches are financed through the ecclesiastical tax paid by the faithful through the Treasury (about 9% extra of the income tax return). In addition, donations deduct and religious denominations are exempt from some taxes.
  • Austria: applies the same system as the Germans, including tax exemptions for religious charitable organizations (schools, hospitals, etc.)
  • Belgium: the Belgians resort to direct funding from the Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Church, among others. The State takes charge of the ecclesiastical salaries.
  • Denmark: only the Lutheran Church is financed through the ‘ecclesiastical tax’, the other denominations do not receive any direct financing.
  • France: On December 9, 1905, the French country passed a law that put an end to the funding of religious groups by the State. At the same time, he declared that all religious buildings would be owned by the State and local governments, running the costs of maintenance and repair of those that were built up to that date. Thus, they are financed through donations.
  • The Netherlands: there is no direct financing by the State of religious confessions and donations to churches have tax exemptions.
  • Ireland and the United Kingdom: in both countries the Church does not have a state budget either. The Government only allocates public funds to the “maintenance and conservation of buildings of artistic interest” owned by the ecclesiastical authorities.
  • Italy: the tax allocation amounts to 0.8% of the income tax on natural persons, in addition to tax exemptions for the Catholic Church.
  • Portugal: follows a model similar to the Italian one , although the maximum tax quota that taxpayers can use for religious purposes is 0.5%.