In a message for World Mission Day – to be celebrated on October 18 – Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to be “ever more open to the need of our brothers and sisters for dignity and freedom, as well as our responsibility to care for all creation” particularly in the aftermath of COVID-19.
“All this suffering will be of no use if we don’t build a more just and fair and more Christian society, together”, Pope Francis has implored on COVID-19.
The International Safeguarding Conference is hosting a series of webinars, entitled “A Safer Church”, which will focus on sharing safeguarding best practices, especially in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In Europe, after months of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, countries are slowly getting back on their feet. But they are also facing a very different economic outlook, with nations bracing themselves for the biggest downturn in decades.
“Justice must not be just a slogan”, EU Bishops have warned the bloc on the economic and social recovery after the coronavirus pandemic.
Pax Christi has urged the world to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with the “the two hands of nonviolence” and say “‘no’ to the false security of weapons and ‘Yes’ to human dignity”.
Five years after the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the “care for our common home”, representatives of EU Bishops’ Conferences, as well as Catholic organisations and movements, held in Brussels the Third European Laudato Si’ Reflection Day on Thursday 28 May 2020.
The Archbishop of Dublin has issued a warning after a church – that of the Church of the Guardian Angels in Blackrock – reopened for public Mass despite ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
A theologian has proposed the Church overhaul the idea of a Sunday Mass “obligation” incumbent on Catholics.
Sweden’s first ecumenical spiritual retreat will see Catholics and Lutherans participating in a series of encounters on the theme “God’s inner dwelling. Peace in times of crisis and fear”.
Russian Orthodox hierarchs have joined the ranks of COVID-19 conspiracy theorists, going so far as to warn that the pandemic could herald the coming of the Antichrist.
The German Bishops’ head has said he will seek a world synod on issues such as the ordination of women and blessings for gay couples.
In an OSCE event on intolerance, the Vatican has complained of “de facto discriminatory treatment” of Christians during COVID-19.
“May your example ignite in society a renewed desire to promote an authentic culture of welcome and solidarity”, Pope Francis wrote to the Italian Jesuit Refugee Service.
A group linked to populist icon and former chief strategist to Donald Trump, Steve Bannon, has won back control of an Italian monastery, only to now face criminal prosecution over its application for the lease on the property.
The EU Bishops of COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, have criticised the “self-centric” actions of member states during the COVID-19 pandemic and urged them to adopt a new Brussels-proposed rescue fund.
Charles de Foucauld, the nineteenth- and early-twentieth century French soldier, explorer and geographer-turned Catholic priest and hermit in the Sahara Desert, is to become a saint, the Vatican announced May 26.
“The situation of women in the Church is scandalous”, a female candidate to be the next Archbishop of Lyon has deplored.
The Vatican has exiled Italian ecumenical pioneer Enzo Bianchi from the monastery he founded, the Community of Bose, over governance issues.
In an interview with Vatican News, the Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has urged Catholics “to get out of ourselves” and to do away with Church “narcissism and self-sufficiency”.
“Most Catholics, starting with the Pope, favour a recognition of the role of women” in the Church, a member of the new Vatican female deacons commission has affirmed.
In the General Audience Wednesday, Pope Francis continued his cycle of catechesis on prayer, turning his thoughts to the prayer of the just.
Despite the concerns of priests in the country, the Irish Bishops are eager “to move beyond the virtual” and return to public Masses post-COVID-19, drawing up a framework document in case the health situation should permit the resumption of public liturgical life before the current timeline of July 20.
(Source: José Luis Caravias, SJ*, Vatican News; translation: Novena) In these days various so-called “Christians” are insisting that this COVID-19…
“Today, motherhood is demeaned, because the only growth which interests us is economic growth”, Pope Francis has denounced.