Blessed Solanus Casey always said that "as long as there is a spark of faith," there can be no discouragement or sorrow, said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes.

19 November 2017 | by James Roberts , Marko Phiri in Zimbabwe

Bishops warn that will of all Zimbabweans must be respected

On the day that Robert Mugabe faces leaders of the army and of the ruling Zanu PF party, the country's Catholic bishops issued a statement on the crisis.

The internet was developed for use by adults and has "unthinkingly" been made available to children, often with damaging consequences, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales said today.

The Bishops Conference of England and Wales (BCEW) has confirmed that the Catholic Association for Racial Justice (CARJ) will no longer be a Church agency.

Pope Francis is trying to create a spirit of "pastoral renewal" where the Church reaches out to many people who feel alienated from a "very authoritarian, very dogmatic institution", a senior British Archbishop in the Vatican said. 

People who are dying must be accompanied with the love of family members and the care of medical professionals, but there is no requirement that every means available must be used to prolong their lives, Pope Francis said.


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is resisting pressure to step down immediately, as he faces increasing demands for his resignation. The 93-year-old was put under house arrest during a military takeover on Tuesday, that is part of a power struggle within the ruling Zanu PF party over who would succeed him.


Pope Francis' insistence that he preside at a prayer service for peace in South Sudan and Congo is a clear sign of his support and the support of the church, a missionary sister said.

Officials in China's eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country's leader, Xi Jinping.


Cardinal Charles Bo, the first churchman from his country to receive a red hat, has had his work cut out in recent weeks. Not only has he been trying to arrange the first ever papal visit to his country, but he’s also been walking the most delicate of political tightropes between the Pope’s desire to speak out for the Rohingya people and the pressure from forces in Yangon that Francis avoids the 'R word'.


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