The CENSURED Irish priest Fr Tony Flannery has criticised the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship for suggesting that priests are not obliged to wash the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Fatherhood is in crisis, the Bishop of Portsmouth warned in a pastoral message for the feast of St Joseph, writes Liz Dodd. In a letter addressed to “Christian dads”, Bishop Philip Egan said that traditional fatherhood – like the institution of marriage – was threatened by Britain’s high divorce rate and the trend towards cohabitation.
THE PRIME Minister has been accused of washing his hands of Christians in the Middle East after he refused to condemn the atrocities carried out by Islamic State (IS) as genocide.
Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s long-serving secretary, has hinted that Pope Francis’ curial reforms are in danger of proceeding too fast, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
The Church has been experiencing a “double crisis” in the years following the Second Vatican Council as it abandoned the notion that unbaptised people are not saved, the Pope Emeritus has said.
The US State Department, after months of lobbying from Christian groups, declared that the Islamic State (IS) attacks on Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East constitute genocide, writes Michael Sean Winters.
The political crisis in Brazil, in which Congress has started impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, has drawn dark warnings from church sources, write Francis McDonagh and Filipe Avillez. Extraordinary sessions of Congress are being held every Monday and Friday in an attempt to force a vote on impeachment by mid-April.
Meanwhile Ms Rousseff’s predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is accused of money laundering in the Petrobras corruption scandal. Last week saw the largest anti-government demonstrations ever seen in Brazil.
Shortly after his arrival in Havana on Sunday evening, in the first visit to Cuba by a US president since Calvin Coolidge arrived by battleship in 1928, Barack Obama visited the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
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