Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics, concluded a historic visit to Saudi Arabia on 14 November, the first such visit of a cardinal or Maronite patriarch to the Muslim kingdom that bans the practice of other religions.


Parliamentarians must acknowledge the concerns of more than 4.8 million Australians who opposed changing the definition of marriage by enacting strong protections for conscience and religious freedom, the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference  said after more than 60 per cent of respondents in the national postal survey endorsed changing the law to allow same-sex marriage.

Cardinal Raymond Burke, who just one year ago with four other cardinals made public a number of dubia, or questions, regarding the interpretation of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, has again addressed the Pope, in what he calls a “final plea”. 

The Orthodox Christian population is over twice as large around the world as it was a century ago but lags behind the expansion that Catholics and Protestants have made in the same period, a new study says.

Given Cupich’s closeness to Pope Francis, the selection was seen an indication of how many bishops oppose the style of episcopal leadership he is advocating and which Cupich embodies.

Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois has passed his 75th birthday, prompting a wave of speculation about possible successors to head France’s most prominent archdiocese. Even the secular media is asking who might be “episcopabile”, with guessing split between classic candidates and another Pope Francis-style surprise.


Speaking to the US bishops gathered for the opening Mass of their plenary assembly last Sunday, the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin reminded the bishops of the Church’s historic role in defending immigrants. 

The announcement of the result of Australia's postal survey on same-sex marriage on Wednesday is not expected to be the end of the matter.

Though the Catholic Church has responded to racism for many years, some leaders and church institutions have at times been part of the problem, said a bishop who is heading a committee against racism.

Local bishops’ conferences could not possibly have the last word on the translation of liturgical texts as that would destroy church unity, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), Cardinal Gerhard Müller, told the German daily 'Passauer Neue Presseon' on 9 November.

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