The German Catholic and Protestant Churches have blasted as “lamentable” current EU arms exports controls.
The Archbishop of Turin, in Italy, has decried that in our globalised world “the profit of a few and the loneliness of many seem to prevail”.
Tens of thousands of Romans protested Saturday night in the first national rally of the ‘Sardines’ movement, a group that is shaping up as a powerful political rival to controversial Italian politician Matteo Salvini and his far-right Lega party.
Controversial treaties with the Vatican have emerged as an issue in a tight Croatian presidential vote to be held this Sunday, December 22.
An Italian cardinal has decried this “dark moment in Mediterranean history”, the fruit of “violence, inequalities, exploitation… [and] the logic of the strongest” and a lack of “attention and care for the weak”.
“The quality of work goes hand in hand with the human quality of relationships”, Pope Francis said Saturday to the Vatican employees he met for a Christmas audience.
Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation as Dean of the College of Cardinals of Angelo Sodano – a prelate long questioned for his role in sex abuse cover-ups in Mexico, Germany, Chile, Austria, Ireland and even the ex-Cardinal McCarrick affair – and set via a motu proprio a five-year term limit for the Vatican post going forward.
“Christendom no longer exists!” The Pope has issued a powerful call today, in his traditional Christmas greetings to the Roman Curia, for the Church “to change in order to be faithful”, explaining that “we need other ‘maps’, other paradigms, which can help us reposition our ways of thinking and our attitudes”.
An elderly French priest murdered last month abused a father and his son, the latter of whom ended up killing the cleric, it has emerged.
The challenges of migrant reception are dividing the French Church, as Catholics struggle with how best to welcome, house and integrate new arrivals.
A Central African Republic (CAR) bishop has claimed the Belgian Salesians “betrayed” and “deceived” the local Church in a cover-up of a pedophile priest active in the country.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has caused a civil war in the German Church by founding a new independent and conservative foundation for Catholic journalism.
Pope Francis has taken aim once again at proselytism, telling a group of Italian schoolchildren not to fall into this practice of converting people to Christianity by pressure or by force.
Pope Francis and the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, have pleaded with humanity “not to look the other way” on injustices such as inequality, “the scandal of hunger”, poverty and extremism, as well as on the need to cultivate an “integral ecology”.
The head of an Irish seminary has denounced “the sense of cultural and economic entitlement and privilege, even superiority” prevalent in the Western world, as he urged developed countries, including Ireland, “to choose hospitality over hostility” on the question of migrants and refugees.
Irish priest Brian D’Arcy has lamented that the Catholic Church’s theology of sexuality is “well past its sell-by date”.
The Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Giacomo Morandi, has rushed to clarify what he has called “distorted”, “instrumental” and downright “wrong” readings of a new Vatican study of Catholic biblical anthropology.
Amsterdam priest Pierre Valkering, who came out of the closet during a public Mass in March, has won a Vatican appeal against his dismissal as pastor of the Vredeskerk Peace Church.
The brains behind the Pope’s new 24/7 “field hospital” church in Rome has denounced society’s tendency to criminalise the poor.
“A commitment to responsible stewardship of the Earth and its resources is urgently demanded at every level, from family education, to social and civic life, and to political and economic decision-making”, the Pope has insisted.
On the migrant and human trafficking crises, “Our indifference is a sin!”, the Pope has warned, adding, in a burn on those politicians who seek to stop refugee rescue operations in the Mediterranean, that the refugee problem will not be solved “by blocking the ships”.
The Austrian Church is celebrating 50 years of the “professional and family skills” of its married permanent deacons.
A new Swiss clerical ‘vestment’ is giving lay men and women ministers a step towards the recognition and dignity they deserve.
German Church leaders have condemned the political far right, insisting that “nationalism and Catholicism are mutually exclusive”.
Two German theologians have warned that the lack of lay equality and democracy in Catholicism are leading to a “phantom Church”.
In a potentially groundbreaking move, the Pontifical Biblical Commission, a body of the Vatican’s dogma-deciding Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has shifted towards justifying divorce and more “pastoral care” for gays.
A poster on a Vatican building for the new Two Popes movie could be the opening salvo in a “knives out” battle against the new ‘Red Pope’, the recently-named Prefect of the powerful Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.
Job creation, social security, art, politics, remittances, international cooperation… migration is “a lever for development both in Europe and beyond”, Catholic Church relief organisation Caritas has recalled today, International Migrants Day.
A politics professor and a real estate industry insider have taken down the conservative Catholic “Dan Brown” reporting on recent Vatican financial “scandals”.