The income the German Church receives from the ‘Church tax’ has hit a new high despite the record drop recently recorded in Catholic membership.
When migrants are being evicted from Calais, ‘People not Walls’ has pleaded for those fleeing from persecution to be given access to claim asylum in the UK.
The Vatican has strengthened the role of priests in local church governance, saying only they should lead parishes, not deacons, consecrated religious or laypeople.
An Old Catholic bishop has said that the dogmas of papal primacy and papal infallibility have led the Roman Church to a “dead end”.
In its contribution to the ‘Consultation on the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence – A European Approach’, COMECE calls the EU institutions to adopt a human-centric approach to Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to promote the common good and serve the lives of all human beings both in their personal and community dimensions.
A Jesuit expert on Islam has said that it is “hypocritical” to say that ‘Christianity has lost a church’ with the Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said he dreams of Hagia Sophia becoming a “centre for the encounter of religions”.
At the Angelus today, Pope Francis repeated his plea for a “global and immediate” ceasefire, at the same time that he expressed his particular concern over the skirmishes in the Caucasus region between Armenia and Azerbaijan, in which at least 16 people have been killed in clashes over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Christians are “obliged” to stand up to anti-Semitism, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has insisted, adding, in an allusion to the Holocaust, that “we must not… look away again”.
In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a Belgian bishop has recalled the need for the Church to obey State health directives.
For the first time in history, the number of female clergy in the Church of Sweden has surpassed that of their male counterparts, the Church newspaper Kyrkans Tidning reported.
The Serbian Orthodox Patriarch has launched a last-minute appeal for joint Muslim-Christian worship in Hagia Sophia, in what would be, on his judgment, a sign of “historical symbiosis, tolerance and trust”.
The portrayal of Jesus as a white, European man has come under renewed scrutiny during this period of introspection over the legacy of racism in society.
Caritas Internationalis is calling on the movers and shakers of the world to listen to Pope Francis’s appeal for a global ceasefire at a time in which the suffering of millions has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
An Austrian theologian has said that Catholics have no need to identify completely with all Church teachings.
German dioceses are pressing ahead with massive cuts to the number of their parishes despite Vatican objections.
COMECE, the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union, has labelled Turkey’s decision to reconvert the Istanbul monument of Hagia Sophia into a mosque “a blow to interreligious dialogue”, as CEC, the Conference of European Churches, has warned the move could “potentially create fertile ground for religious hatred and subsequent violence”.
Are the ‘Our Lady of COVID’ images that have sprung up during the pandemic a “message of hope” or a “blasphemous provocation”? That’s the debate that has arisen in Italy, where popular opinion on the icons is divided.
The pandemic we are suffering is not only a misfortune but also a great teacher which is teaching us important things we could not have imagined.
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has published an “instruction manual” – a step-by-step guide – to help ascertain the truth in cases of minors who have suffered abuse on the part of a member of the clergy.
A nun has spoken out for more leadership for women in Catholicism, insisting that on that issue “the Lord wants a change in the Church”.
The number of Spaniards self-identifying as Catholics and attending Mass regularly has fallen to a new low, as the Church in the country is also being forced to close convents and monasteries due to a decline in the ranks of active and contemplative religious and a lack of new vocations.
On 10 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque, after a court ruled that the site’s secularisation was unlawful.
“If the Pope’s ecology had been implemented we wouldn’t have a coronavirus pandemic”, a priest and liberation theologian has written.
Challenges for human rights in the times of COVID-19 was a theme sharp in focus at the Conference of European Churches 7th Summer School on Human Rights.
“The coronavirus is very democratic in its transmission, but very elitist in its treatment”, a Vatican official has deplored.
A Vatican diplomat has denounced that the world is “not on track” to reach the sustainable development goal of ‘zero hunger’.
By turning Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque, Turkish authorities have fixed a historical mistake made in 1934, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Tuesday.