The Austrian bishops this year decided to hold their spring plenary from 4-8 March together with their fellow bishops in Sarajevo in order to draw attention to the fact that 22 years after the Balkan War, genuine peace has not yet been achieved in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

14 March 2018 | by Joseph Tulloch

Director praises courage of Pope Francis

Wim Wenders, writer and director of the new film 'Pope Francis – A Man of His Word', in an interview with Vatican News, praises the Pope's courage and fearlessness and says the movie allows the Holy Father 'to speak directly about all his concerns and all the issues that matter to him'.

A Polish Archbishop has denounced the condemnation that has poured in from around the world over a new government-sponsored law on responsibility for Holocaust crimes. Poland's top Jewish philosopher told The Tablet that controversy over the law had sparked a wave of anti-Jewish feeling and urged the country's Bishops' Conference to speak out. 

An Australian Catholic academic has warned that "irrational prejudice" against the Catholic Church, if stoked by the mainstream media, would lead to serious social tensions.


Five years after the cry of Habemas Papam rang out among the faithful in St Peter’s Square, we look back on the seven most pertinent moments of Pope Francis’ pontificate so far...


In his formal documents, many speeches and unscripted morning homilies over the past five years, Pope Francis has given the church plenty of food for thought on many issues of great importance.

The former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese has called for an independent inquiry into the Church’s handling of allegations of abuse against the late Fr Malachy Finnegan, a one time president St Colman’s College in Newry, and a priest of the Diocese of Dromore.

Slovakia's Catholic Church is beatify a 16-year-old peasant girl, who was murdered while resisting rape by a Soviet soldier. Anna Kolesarova (1928-44), from a deeply devout family at Vysoke nad Uhom in eastern Slovakia, hid with her family in the cellar of their home when Red Army units occupied the area in the last year of the Second World War, and was shot after refusing the soldier's advances while making food. 


Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgment’ is at the centre of a new four-part production opening this week in Rome designed to lead younger generations to a new appreciation of the Italian painter’s masterpiece.

The trial of a Vatican prefect, a French cardinal, two bishops and a priest due to open on 4 April has been postponed until October because the summons for Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, the Spanish-born Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was not translated and sent to Rome in time.


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