The Church in the World
Francis McDonagh , Isabel de Bertodano
Couples in the Archdiocese of São Paulo have been told by their cardinal that it is their “personal choice” to determine whether to use contraception during the current outbreak of the Zika virus.
Pope Francis’ group of cardinal advisers (C9) have moved a step closer towards decentralising the Curia and creating a brace of new Vatican departments, writes Christopher Lamb.
Isabel de Bertodano
A request for Pope Francis to meet the family and friends of 43 students who went missing in 2014 has been rejected by the Archdiocese of Mexico City.
Former Vietnamese refugee Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM says he is concerned for the health and safety of a group of asylum seekers after Australia’s High Court cleared the way for the Government to return them to a migrant detention camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru, writes Mark Brolly.
A coalition of left-wing French intellectuals and politicians has denounced surrogate motherhood and called for a global ban on the practice.
Sarah Mac Donald
QUESTIONING failing structures and policies in the Church does not amount to disloyalty, but may well be “the most promising form of loyalty”, according to the master of St Benet’s Hall, writes Sarah Mac Donald.
Dioceses in England and Wales are preparing for the introduction of new guidelines on marriage preparation, which are due to be published by the Bishops’ Conference after the final report by the Synod on the Family.
Catholic church instinct to deal with sex abuse itself has caused victims spiritual and physical trauma04 February 2016 | by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
The Church’s instinct to deal with sex abuse cases internally has been its most dangerous and common response to the crisis, according to Fr Hans Zollner SJ, president of the Centre for Child Protection at the Gregorian University in Rome
Pope Francis has given his first interview on China praising it as a great country and a civilisation that the Church should respect.
Catholic laity in Italy took to the streets of Rome in their hundreds of thousands last Saturday to protest against proposed legislation to allow legal rights for gay couples and limited same-sex adoption, writes Christopher Lamb.
The scourge of poverty was an abiding theme at the 51st Eucharistic Congress, at Cebu in the Philippines, with the Pope’s envoy calling for “a third world war against the cruelty of dogs getting fed with sumptuous, organic food, while poor children scramble for scraps from the table”.
French church bioethicists have praised a new law on end-of-life care because it stresses the development of palliative treatment for the dying, writes Tom Heneghan.
The Cologne cardinal who was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “Open Door” immigration policy has written an open letter fiercely condemning the large-scale sexual violence at the station
Prime Minister Manuel Valls has sparked off a bitter row about France’s official secularism that has contrasted his strict application of laïcité with the more flexible approach of a senior official appointed by President François Hollande, writes Tom Heneghan.
The former Bishop of Regensburg and present Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, has been accused of systematically hushing up clerical sexual abuse while he was Bishop of Regensburg (2002-2012).
Pope Francis met the Iranian President at the Vatican this week and urged Tehran to find peaceful solutions for the Middle East and fight terrorism and arms trafficking.
Pope Francis has reiterated the Church’s teaching on marriage as Italy debates a same-sex union proposal and anticipation builds around his official response to last October’s Synod on the Family, writes Christopher Lamb.
Eastern Orthodox patriarchs preparing their Churches’ first major council in 1,200 years have switched its venue from Istanbul to Crete following objections by the large Russian Orthodox Church after Turkey shot down a Russian air force jet Ankara said entered its airspace from Syria.
The most senior Catholic in Somalia has cautioned the international community against complacency over the resurgence of Al-Shabaab after the country was struck by two terror attacks in a week by the Islamists, writes Fredrick Nzwili.
Michael Sean Winters
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chairman of the pro-life committee of the US Bishops’ Conference, used his homily for the pro-life Vigil Mass on the eve of the annual March for Life in Washington D.C.
Christa Pongratz-Lippitt , Jonathan Luxmoore
The Swiss-based Council representing Europe’s Catholic bishops has urged the different countries of Europe to find their own individual solutions to the migrant crisis, prompting the Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, to say that “the Iron Curtain is back”.
Pope Francis has visited Rome’s Great Synagogue, stressing that the Church recognises God’s “irrevocable” covenant with Israel along with the unique relationship between Christians and Jews.
A recent attack in Marseilles on a Jewish teacher wearing a kippa has rekindled France’s long-standing debate about wearing religious clothing in public, writes Tom Heneghan.
After visiting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees at a specially designated centre in Berlin, Archbishop Heiner Koch said it was vital to sensitise the Church to the problems they face, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
The Vatican will commit to ensuring its supply chains are “slavery-proof” following the announcement that the world’s biggest consumer goods firms and supermarket chains have decided to do the same to eliminate forced labour from their business partners, writes Mark Brolly.
Michael Sean Winters , Sarah Mac Donald
Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl in an interview with the archdiocesan bi-weekly, the Catholic Standard, called for the ongoing atrocities against Christians in Iraq and Syria to be categorised
The frontrunner in Portugal’s presidential campaign said during a televised debate that he would not veto laws that legalise gay adoption and make abortion more readily available, if he is elected on 24 January, writes Filipe Avillez.
The head of the Syriac Catholic Church has asked Pope Francis to call a world summit at the Vatican to address the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
Islamic scholars and politicians must make clear that violence is against the will of Allah, CDF Prefect Cardinal Gerhard Müller told the German weekly Die Zeit, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
Isabel de Bertodano
The Mexican Government is being accused of failing to control the criminal activity of drugs cartels, writes Isabel de Bertodano...
It is feared at least 80 people were killed when Boko Haram extremists struck the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri and the town of Madagali on 27 December with grenades and suicide bombers.
The biggest statue of Jesus in Africa stands at the village of Abajah in Imo State, southeastern Nigeria, writes Ellen Teague.
A controversial Russian Orthodox cleric who was dismissed from his post has attacked Russia’s “immoral elites” and predicted a national catastrophe if the country fails to allow free public discussion, writes Josef Pazderka.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he will try to persuade Pope Francis to apologise for the part played by the Church in the abuse of aboriginal children at residential schools.
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged the contribution of faiths to last weekend’s accord between 195 countries to stem carbon emissions and set the world on a more sustainable environmental path.
DOORS OF Mercy have been opened around China. In the Diocese of Beijing, the Holy Door was opened on 12 December at the Cathedral
Cardinal Christopher Schönborn of Vienna has said he is “deeply ashamed” of the stance towards refugees of most Eastern European countries in the European Union.
Germany is trying to make up for the crimes it committed in two world wars by opening its doors to all refugees from conflict areas, but it has failed to see the dangers of such a policy, Lord (George) Weidenfeld told the national Sunday Welt am Sonntag in a long interview on 13 December, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
In a heated debate triggered by a study which showed that a number of Muslim nursery schools in Vienna were radicalising children, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has spoken out strongly in favour of regulatory measures for religious education in kindergartens, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
Strong voter mobilisation and politcal manoeuvring among mainstream parties blocked the anti-immigrant National Front in the second round of France’s regional elections last weekend, despite more support for the Front from formerly hostile Catholics, writes Tom Heneghan.
A large group of activists has been arrested in Havana during a peaceful protest marking International Human-Rights Day, writes Isabel de Bertodano. The leader of the Damas de Blanco (Ladies in White), Berta Soler, was among up to 200 people detained by the Cuban police on 10 December during a march in support of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
As the death of dozens of people in Burundi on Friday last week underlined the growing turmoil in the country, a regional Catholic church leader said the international silence on the violence there was “frightening”.
A priest of the Archdiocese of New York is accused of stealing as much as US$1 million (£666,000) from his parish to pay for sex with a male prostitute, writes Michael Sean Winters. Parishioners at St Frances de Chantal parish filed a lawsuit against Fr Peter Miqueli, accusing him of embezzlement and detailing his alleged sordid sexual conduct.
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