Church groups and civil NGOs have warned the EU over the Turkey-Greece migrant crisis, urging that “this game, played by the powerful, is putting innocent human lives at risk. It must stop now”.
The Greek Church has deplored a migrant pincer on that country’s border with Turkey as Catholic support for the refugees caught in the trap floods in from all over Europe.
The World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO), representing millions of Catholic women, has added its voice to the growing movement promoting human fraternity.
The German Bishops have chosen as their new President a reformer in favour of optional celibacy and more power for women.
Coronavirus fears have claimed the March and May running of education and economy events planned by Pope Francis, even though the pontiff himself has reportedly tested negative for the virus while still maintaining a limited agenda as he recovers from a cold.
LGBT rights campaigners have protested against a homophobic Polish archbishop and called for his resignation.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites Catholic communities to participate in Laudato Si’ Week, from 16 to 24 May.
The JRS-run Centro Astalli has issued an urgent appeal to European institutions to demand the immediate evacuation of the refugee camps in Greece.
The German Bishops are facing multiple challenges as they meet this week in Mainz for a crucial spring assembly, with the place of women in the Church, compensation payments for clerical abuse survivors and the election of a new president and secretary at the top of their agenda.
This International Women’s Day, thousands of Catholic women across the world are taking action, united in their common struggle for equality in their Church that has mostly been left unheard and unrecognised by Catholic hierarchy.
Hundreds of Spanish Catholic women have cried out for equal rights in the Catholic Church, protesting in cities all over the country with chants such as “Jesus was a feminist!”.
In 2019 Pope Francis announced that the Vatican archives on Pope Pius XII, the controversial wartime pontiff who has been accused of failing to condemn the Holocaust, would be unsealed in March 2020.
Justice and Peace Europe, the continental network of 32 national Justice and Peace Commissions mandated by their Catholic Bishops’ Conferences to speak out on the fight for social justice, has warned of the “terrifying decline in the ocean’s capacity to withstand human carelessness”.
With the ongoing Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) of the European Union coming to an end this year, the EU Council is under increasing pressure to finalise the budget negotiations.
A Portuguese bishop has warned of a “very serious” housing problem in the country as the Church accompanied the demolition of an ‘illegal’ settlement, Quinta da Parvoíce, in the Lisbon metropolitan city of Setúbal.
Pope Francis’ ongoing cold has forced the first papal absence from the Lenten retreat of the Roman Curia in 70 years, since, in 1950, Pope Pius XII excused himself from the pre-Easter spiritual exercises in order not to interrupt meetings with pilgrims in that Holy Year.
In his Angelus prayer today, Pope Francis said he was “saddened” by the plight of “so many displaced people chased away by war” as Greece blocked the entry of 10,000 Syrian refugees at its border with Turkey.
The Italian Bishops have come up with a series of guidelines for deconsecrated churches, in which they urge that redundant places of worship be converted into libraries and community centres before into hotels, houses, discos or casinos.
Spanish Catholic women are protesting en masse this Sunday, complaining that the men running the Church “call us to fix the flowers, but not to make the important political or economic decisions”.
Pope Francis has sent His Holiness Neophyte, Metropolitan of Sofia and Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, the relics of Saint Clement, Pope and martyr, and Saint Potitus, martyr.