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The Church in the World

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.

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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.

07 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

MORE RESTRAINT is being urged by the Vatican on the faithful when offering the sign of peace during Mass.

The Vatican has written to all the embassies accredited to the Holy See to urge the governments they represent to strive harder to resolve the crisis of conflict in the Middle East, write Hannah Roberts and Tom Heneghan.

07 August 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

GERMAN BISHOPS have marked the centenary of the start of the First World War by calling for a ban on arms exports from their country for use in conflict.

07 August 2014 by Isabel de Bertodano

A SOUTH AMERICAN diocese at the centre of an investigation by the Vatican has strongly defended its bishop over his handling of abuse allegations concerning his new vicar general, write Jon Stibbs and Isabel de Bertodano.

07 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

POPE FRANCIS has lifted the suspension of a Nicaraguan priest imposed in the 1980s after he refused to give up his position in the country’s leftist revolutionary Government.

07 August 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

A couple inspired by Pope Francis are to launch their own search-and-rescue operation for migrants at risk of drowning in the Mediterranean.

07 August 2014

POPE FRANCIS’ visit to South Korea “will help to launch a new reconciliation” between the two Koreas, said the president of the country’s bishops’ conference.

07 August 2014 by Jonathan Luxmoore

THE HEAD of Albania’s Catholic Church says he hopes that Pope Francis’ one-day visit on 21 September will bring a “new freshness” to Christian life in the Balkan country, where all religious activity was once outlawed under Communist rule, writes Jonathan Luxmoore.

07 August 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

SWISS BISHOPS have urged Catholics to resist xenophobia, saying that foreign bankers posed more of a threat than low-paid migrant ­workers, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

31 July 2014 by Tom Heneghan

Lyons’ Cardinal Philippe Barbarin led a French church delegation to Kurdistan this week to “express their solidarity in flesh and blood” with Iraqi Christians expelled from Mosul by the Islamic State radicals.

31 July 2014 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

Christians have become the most persecuted group of people in the world, according to a major study of 14 years of reports, writes Abigail Frymann Rouch.

The Pope’s 14-18 August visit to South Korea has attracted ­controversy, after plans were revealed for Francis to visit the country’s biggest care home, write Hannah Roberts and Ellen Teague.

31 July 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis wants to reform the papacy to allow greater unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, a newly appointed senior adviser has claimed.

31 July 2014 by Abigail Frymann Rouch

ON MONDAY, Francis became the first Pope to visit a Pentecostal church, and apologised for fascist-era denunciations of Pentecostals by Catholics, writes Abigail Frymann Rouch.

31 July 2014 by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

The chairman of the German Protestant Church (EKD), Dr Nikolaus Schneider, whose wife Anne has cancer, has publicly stated that if she decides in favour of assisted suicide, he will accompany her to Switzerland to help her end her life.

31 July 2014 by Ellen Teague

DURING?HIS weekly Vatican address last Sunday, Pope Francis ?made an unscripted and urgent plea for peace, referring particularly to the conflicts in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine.

31 July 2014 by Michael Sean Winters

Congressman Paul Ryan, who ran unsuccessfully for vice ­president in 2012, unveiled a new anti-poverty agenda in a speech in Washington DC last week, writes Michael Sean Winters.

31 July 2014 by Hannah Roberts in Rome

The Christian mother who was put on death row in Sudan for refusing to renounce her faith said that she “knew God would not abandon her” when she arrived in Rome last week, writes Hannah Roberts.