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The Church in the World

Catholics “must not be afraid of change in the Church”, Francis has warned, as speculation mounts on the question of reforms in the lead-up to next month’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

11 September 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

Pope Francis may visit Turkey on 29-30 November with the aims of strengthening links with the Orthodox Church’s Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholo­mew of Constantinople, and of supporting the cause of peace in the region, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

11 September 2014 by Robert Christian

Six Christian patriarchs from the Middle East joined scholars, politicians and activists this week at the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington DC.

11 September 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The Bishops’ conference of Switzerland insists that all Muslim organisations in the country publicly condemn the persecution of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

11 September 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

ope Francis has shown apparent support for a proposal by former Israeli President Shimon Peres for a United Religions organisation who said it is “high time religious leaders cooperate to resolve conflicts.”

11 September 2014 by Hannah Roberts

Three elderly Catholic nuns have been savagely murdered in their convent in Burundi for motives that have not yet been explained.

11 September 2014 by James Roberts

ON TUESDAY, the Vatican announced 26 papally appointed voting members of the 5-19 October Synod of Bishops on the Family, writes James Roberts.

11 September 2014 by Fredrick Nzwili

Leaders of the Catholic Church in north-eastern Nigeria fear the Government is losing its grip on the region where the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram has declared an “Islamic caliphate”, writes Fredrick Nzwili.

Previous issues

04 September 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Just one month before the start of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the Vatican Secretary of State has indicated that the main focus of the synod may not be the reforms that some in the Church hope for, but the legal and cultural threats to the family itself.

04 September 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

The Pope’s most senior adviser on refugees has compared attacks on Christians in Iraq to the Holocaust, write Hannah Roberts and Jonathan Luxmoore.

04 September 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

On his first official visit abroad since he was elected president of the German bishops’ conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx and a delegation from the German Church spent three days in Poland commemorating with Polish bishops a number of key moments of the Second World War.

04 September 2014 by Mark Brolly

The official publication of the Archdiocese of Sydney, The Catholic Weekly, has refused to publish advertisements for an address by former Irish President Mary McAleese.

04 September 2014 by Tom Heneghan

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, pictured right, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW), is to leave the Roman Curia and return to his native Diocese of Valencia as archbishop, writes James Roberts.

04 September 2014 by Tom Heneghan

Deaths by euthanasia rose by 55 per cent in Belgium in 2012-13 compared to the previous two-year reporting period, the federal commission monitoring compliance with the law said, writes Tom Heneghan.

04 September 2014 by Tom Heneghan

Dutch seminary rectors have been discussing the consolidation of the country’s six seminaries into one or two after a newspaper reported there were only 76 seminarians, two-thirds coming from abroad, writes Tom Heneghan.

04 September 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

Poland’s Catholic bishops have warned their country faces a threat from events in neighbouring Ukraine, as church representatives in the war-torn region highlighted the plight of local Catholics.

04 September 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

Russian officials have approved plans for a major “Basilica of new martyrs and confessors” on the site of Moscow’s notorious Lubyanka prison, which was used by the Soviet Union’s NKVD and KGB secret police, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

04 September 2014 by James Roberts

The group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) has carried out ethnic cleansing on a vast scale in northern Iraq, Amnesty International found in a report released this week entitled “The Islamic State’s Systematic Targeting of Minorities”, writes James Roberts.

28 August 2014 by Ellen Teague

The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kiev-Halych, says that the Church is being persecuted in two eastern Ukrainian cities in which pro-Russian separatists have been very active, writes Ellen Teague.

28 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis has chosen the theme of slavery for the 2015 World Day of Peace, writes Hannah Roberts.

28 August 2014 by Ellen Teague

Following the rape of a 12-year-old Christian girl in Lahore, a lawyer supporting her family has pointed out that in Pakistan “rape is used as an instrument of arbitrary power over Christian girls from poor backgrounds”.

28 August 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Pope Francis is more of a prophet than a revolutionary who will introduce reforms but these may not be reforms Western society would like to see, according to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

21 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

On his return journey from his visit to Korea this week, Pope Francis lamented the growing number of conflicts across the globe, saying that we “are now in World War III”. He told journalists on board the papal plane: “Today we are in a world at war everywhere.

21 August 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The president of the German bishops’ conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, has appealed to Muslim leaders publicly to condemn Islamic terror in Iraq and to declare that violence in the name of God is never justified, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

21 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

On his five-day visit to Korea, Pope Francis “preached” on the country’s habits of conspicuous consumption and acquisitiveness through his self-effacing demeanour and the humble style of his travel arrangements.

21 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

The father of one of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster was baptised by Pope Francis during the Pope’s five-day visit to Korea, writes Hannah Roberts.

21 August 2014 by Mark Brolly

A Josephite sister was arrested at one of several sit-ins by Christians and members of other faiths at MPs’ offices. The protesters demanded changes to Australia’s asylum-seeker detention policies, writes Mark Brolly.

21 August 2014 by Michael Sean Winters

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) wrapped up its annual meeting in Nashville, affirming its commitment to continued dialogue with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and Archbishop Peter Sartain, the Vatican-appointed overseer of the organisation.

21 August 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The first half of 2014 saw a further upsurge of people leaving both the Catholic and Protestant Churches in Germany, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

21 August 2014 by Isabel de Bertodano

A Sacred Heart priest is under investigation after allegedly ­placing babies for illegal adoption in the 1970s and 1980s, writes Isabel de Bertodano.

In a demonstration affirming their determination to live side by side, Jordanian Muslims and Christians walked hand in hand in a march last Saturday, to denounce the violence in Gaza, Iraq and the entire region.

One of the Vatican’s foremost Middle East experts has been sent to Iraq to help thousands of Christians driven from their homes by terrorists of the newly established Islamic State (IS, formerly Isis).

14 August 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

The Vatican’s nuncio to Ukraine has warned that the Catholic presence in the country could be sharply reduced in the face of Russian “persecution”, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

14 August 2014 by Fredrick Nzwili

Cardinal John Onaiyekan has recommended receiving Communion in the hand rather than on the tongue, as a precaution against the ebola virus that has spread to Nigeria, writes Fredrick Nzwili.

Bereaved relatives of the victims of this year’s Seoul ferry tragedy have occupied a square in the Korean capital where Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate Mass this weekend.

14 August 2014 by Mark Brolly

The Catholic Church in Western Australia has joined an ecumenical and community approach to the Australian Government to move asylum-seeker families from controversial offshore detention centres to the Australian mainland.

14 August 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

On the eve of his departure for Bogotá to address the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (Wacom), Cardinal Christoph Schönborn called for compassion in the face of family conflicts, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

14 August 2014 by Michael Sean Winters

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is holding its annual meeting this week in Nashville, its first such gathering since a meeting with Vatican officials in April at which the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith insisted the group pre-clear its speakers’ lists, writes Michael Sean Winters.

14 August 2014 by Ellen Teague

The situation of Coptic Christians in Egypt has improved since the 2013 military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and of the Muslim Brotherhood.

14 August 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

A leader of the Pentecostal Churches in Germany has played down the significance of the recent apology made by Pope Francis to Pentecostals, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

14 August 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

Russia’s Orthodox Church has welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s ban on Western food imports as a chance to spurn “Western consumer standards”, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.