Asia Bibi, sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and Rebecca Bitrus, who was captured and raped by Jihadist militants Boko Haram, are both “martyrs”, Pope Francis said in an an audience with the family of Asia Bibi

The number of exorcisms in Italy has tripled recently, with experts predicting that around 500,000 requests are made a year. 


The German bishops have voted in favour of allowing couples in mixed-denomination marriages to receive the Catholic Eucharist together in individual cases and under special circumstances.

Bishop Declan Lang has called the killing of civilians in the besieged area of eastern Ghouta in Damascus a "grievous offence to our common humanity" and criticised the international community for failing to protect innocent people over seven years of war, conflict and turmoil in Syria.

The Vatican’s most senior liturgical official says the practice of receiving communion on the hand is part of a “diabolical attack” on the Church which diminishes reverence to God. 

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that he hopes that today's (23 February) day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan will “bring about real change in the hearts of those who seek non-legitimate ways to exert power and influence.”

Massimo Franco, the political editor of Corriere della Sera and widely respected commentator on the Vatican, said this week (Wednesday) that he believes the “revolutionary appeal of Pope Francis is almost over”.

Sister Jane Bertelsen, the British religious named last week to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, explains how and why the Church needs to restore credibility

Irish clerical abuse survivor, Marie Collins, has expressed concern over the failure of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to reappoint some of its most experienced members.

The first meeting took place this week of a new monthly gathering in London aimed at exploring “how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion and sensitivity”.




Latest Issue
Digital/PDF Version

PDF version (iPad-friendly)

Previous Issues
Latest Tweet
Tablet Subscription

Manage my subcription here