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Just over three years ago the Holy See suffered a major diplomatic blow when Ireland decided to close its Vatican embassy.
Look at the relationship between faith and charities in the UK, and you see something counter-intuitive happening.
I have just returned from Lima, Peru, where I’ve attended the latest round of UN talks on tackling climate change. The 20th Conference of Parties, or ‘COP20’ as it’s known, was the last meeting before countries convene again in Paris next December to agree a new global deal to try to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.
So the Vatican has asked national bishops’ conferences around the world to seek input from Catholics at “all levels” about how the Church should respond to sometimes difficult questions of modern family life, such as divorce and remarriage. It was reported this week that bishops have been asked to respond in mercy and avoid basing their pastoral care solely on current Catholic doctrine.
Last month 127 years of Catholic history disappeared, largely unnoticed.
Protest leaders in Ferguson and New York and around the US are still feeling deep outrage and sadness a week after the news came from New York City that no criminal charges would be brought against Daniel Pantaleo, the white police officer who choked a black man named Eric Garner to death while arresting him in July.
In Braga, the holiest city in Portugal, stands the church of Nossa Senhora do Leite, which translates as Our Lady of the Milk. The niche over the main door features a sixteenth-century statue of the Holy Virgin breastfeeding the infant Jesus, a tender smile on her face. It is a simple, unadorned statue portraying a simple, necessary act.
Politicians are arguing over whether state or private schools deliver the best quality education and boost Britain’s currently flagging levels of social mobility.
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga this week raised the possibility of lay leadership for some Vatican dicasteries as part of the cardinals’ programme of reforms to the curia. This suggestion will resonate readily with many people. It certainly does with us.
Pope Francis has asked that 2015 be devoted to prayer and consideration of the consecrated life. It started on the first Sunday of Advent, 30 November, and will go through to February 2016.