The Pope’s second in command last night sought to debunk the conspiracy theories around the Fatima prophesies, including that the Virgin Mary opposed the Second Vatican Council...
FATIMA@100: Pope Francis lauds the Virgin Mary as a revolutionary not an unapproachable 'plaster statue'13 May 2017 | by Christopher Lamb
The Virgin Mary is not a remote 'plaster statue' figure restraining a vengeful God but someone who shows the 'revolutionary nature' of love and tenderness, Pope Francis said today (Friday) during the first day of his pilgrimage to the Portuguese shrine at Fatima...
Pope Francis is on a two-day visit to Fatima today and tomorrow to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions, which began on the 13 May 1917, when three shepherd children reported seeing the Virgin Mary. Keep up to date on the trip with live video and updates below...
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have urged people to “set aside apathy and cynicism” in next month’s general election which, they say, is being contested against the “backdrop of deep and profound questions of identity”, writes Lorna Donlon.
The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II, is on his first pastoral visit to the United Kingdom, where he will visit a number of parishes and take part in a series of ecumenical and interfaith events. Last weekend, the Pope addressed hundreds of young people from the Church’s Youth Mission at the Coptic Orthodox Cathedral of St George in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
President Nicolás Maduro has proposed the formation of a Constituent Assembly to reform the country’s constitution, but the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference has opposed the measure, saying it is “dangerous for democracy”, write Martha Pskowski and Francis McDonagh.
Interfaith activity is one of the best ways to honour the memory of Holocaust victims, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis declared during a joint visit to Jerusalem with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, writes Nathan Jeffay in Jerusalem.
More than 16,000 displaced people have now sought refuge in St Mary’s Cathedral compound, Wau, in South Sudan, 400 miles northwest of Juba. The site has been growing as a sanctuary as heavy clashes have been seen around Wau for nearly a year, and it has become an access point for humanitarian assistance, writes Ellen Teague.
The Philippines Catholic Church has condemned a congressional commission decision to block the appointment of the country’s new environmental chief. Fr Edwin Gariguez, head of the social action secretariat of the Catholic bishops’ conference, said those who voted against the appointment of Gina Lopez (above) as head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources “are not serving the people but the interests of corporations and their personal agenda”.
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