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Pope Francis has condemned the Catholic Church’s “sin” in the Middle East – of “incoherence” between life and faith which sees some clergy profess poverty while living in wealth.


An outspoken American bishop who has posted 400 tweets since joining Twitter four months ago has said that his use of social media is humanising the office of bishop and that, like Donald Trump, he finds its impact useful.

 


Cardinal Vincent Nichols has said that priests and bishops are sinners and that trying to hide their failures “seriously compounds” the problems, as he paid tribute to the English Catholic martyr St John Southworth


23 June 2018 | by Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS

Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.


In an initiative promoted by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord (Rowan) Williams of Oystermouth, more than 50 bishops of the Church of England have signed a statement condemning the human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime in Tehran and its treatment of Iran’s religious minorities.


22 June 2018 | by Gregorio Sorgi

Hope of rebirth of Middle East for Christians

“The image of Christian and Muslim mothers giving birth to babies leaves us with the hope that a new Iraq can be born,” Father Timothy Radcliffe OP, former Master of the Dominican Order, has said in a panel discussion organised by ‘Embrace the Middle East’ on the experience of Christians in the region.


Pope Francis last night highlighted the dangers posed by the human traffickers on the Libyan coast to the migrants and refugees they hold captive.


Parishioners at St. Monica Church in western Kenya are unhappy after their priest was suspended for misconduct by the Diocese of Homa Bay.


The question of allowing Protestants married to Catholics to receive Communion at Mass in special cases has to be decided by each individual bishop and cannot be decided by a bishops' conference, Pope Francis told reporters after a one-day ecumenical journey to Geneva.


A retired Bishop has come out in support of the ordination of women priests and says he has felt this way since his own ordination 53 years ago.


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