As world leaders gathered this week in Katowice for the UN climate conference, two months after a UN report underlined the need to keep global warming below 1.5C degrees, faith groups inspired by Laudato Si’ were a prominent lobby for action.
Landmarks in countries around the world including Brazil, Philippines, and Australia are being bathed in red light this month to highlight the persecution of faith groups for their 'peacefully-held beliefs'.
Supporters of Asia Bibi say that the UK is not one of the governments offering asylum to the Pakistani Catholic woman, who was freed last week after eight years on death row for blasphemy, although it has been described as “being helpful”.
Richard Sipe, a leading expert on celibacy and clerical sexual abuse, died in California on 8 August aged 85. A former Benedictine priest and psychotherapist, he had investigated and written on the sexual abuse crisis in the Church for four decades.
Since Pope Francis accepted the resignation from the College of Cardinals of Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington, on 28 July, after revelations of sexual abuse, responses by US Church leaders have come under scrutiny and criticism.