Urgent need for a new Assisi Premium

21 July 2016 |

An ecumenical closing of ranks and an interreligious prayer meeting, like the World Day of Prayer that Pope St John Paul II held at Assisi in 1986, are urgently needed today, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, told journalists at the Benedictine Abbey of Kremsmünster in Upper Austria.

Church teaching requires clarity of expression, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, told the Schwäbische Zeitung on a visit to Germany.

The Supreme Court in El Salvador has struck down as unconstitutional an amnesty law dating back to the end of the country’s civil war, writes Martha Pskowski.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has selected a candidate with strong ties to conservative Christians as his running mate, writes Michael Sean Winters. Indiana Governor Mike Pence also has considerable experience in Washing­ton, having served in Congress for 12 years. He supported Senator Ted Cruz in the Republican primaries.

‘Scapegoats’ convicted in murder trial Premium

21 July 2016 | by Margaret Hebblethwaite

Tensions have opened up between the Catholic Church and the Government of Paraguay, following a “guilty” verdict delivered on 11 July in the case of 11 peasants tried for the killing of 17 people in the case of “the massacre of Curuguaty”. After the defendants were sentenced from four to 30 years each, demonstrations took place in the capital Asuncion.

Tens of thousands of evangelical Christians braved heat and humidity to attend a daylong rally on the National Mall in Washington D.C. last Saturday, although the festival was cut short after several people had to be treated for heat stroke.

Pope Francis sent a high-ranking cardinal to South Sudan to urge a peaceful end to the escalating violence in the country..

One of Cardinal George Pell’s chief aides working on reforming Vatican finances is leaving his post, The Tablet can report. Danny Casey, in charge of the “project management office” in the Holy See economy secretariat, had been brought to Rome two years ago by his fellow countryman Cardinal Pell: the two had previously worked closely together in Sydney...

Pope Francis will make his first visit to Poland next week for World Youth Day (25-31st July) where he will be greeted by enthusiastic crowds of young Catholics - but the trip comes amid tensions between Francis and the country’s bishops, many of whom are at odds with the direction of his papacy...

A parish in Salford Diocese has become the first to host a Syrian refugee family as part of the government’s new Community Sponsorship scheme...


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