On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed that he had signed a decree converting Istanbul’s historic Hagia Sophia into a mosque which will open for Muslim prayers on 24 July.
Why is Pope Francis keeping quiet on the Hagia Sophia mosque conversion? That’s the question being asked above all by Orthodox Christians after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signed a decree Friday handing control of the 6th-century basilica turned neutral museum in 1935 over to the Diyanet, the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs.
Prague’s Old Town square is one of the most iconic locations in the Czech Republic, that embodies the heart of the well-preserved historic city center, with monuments and buildings going back several centuries.
The health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are not equally felt. From the United States to Brazil and the United Kingdom, low-wage workers are suffering more than others and communities of color are most vulnerable to the virus.
Would you like to be rich? Chances are your answer is: “Yes! Who wouldn’t want to be rich?” Clearly, in societies where money can buy almost everything, being rich is generally perceived as something good. It implies more freedom, fewer worries, more happiness, higher social status.
Despite coronavirus now having claimed nearly 64,000 infections and over 6,000 deaths in Italy – and over 383,000 infections and nearly 17,000 deaths worldwide – Catholic irresponsibility is continuing to put even more lives at risk in Italy, and beyond.
In coronavirus times, Catholics around the world have accepted that, for the foreseeable future, “going to Mass'” means watching a solitary priest say the rite online.
In January 2017, two books were published, both authored by two French public intellectuals, whose public image has in common the declaration of their Catholic faith.
Last week demonstrations by the Far Left took place in Athens and other cities of Greece. Their demand was the abolition of borders and the unconditional entry of refugees and immigrants in Greece.
The new ‘Francis bishops’ at the helm of the Spanish Episcopal Conference are looking like they could finally bring the Spanish Church and country up to date.
In the face of hatred, fear, and division, Pope Francis called Sunday on the Christian communities of the Mediterranean to recognise the inherent unity of the region’s multiculturalism.
Querida Amazonía (“Beloved Amazon”) is the only one of Pope Francis’ five apostolic exhortations released to date directed not only “to the people of God” but also “to all persons of good will”.
In his Amazon Synod exhortation, published today, the Pope has said ‘no’ to married priests and female deacons.
A German bishops’ website has promoted the idea of a revision of an “out of date” Catechism and recalled the primacy of conscience in moral decision-making.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah look set to have lost out on compulsory celibacy, with Pope Francis ready to approve married priests in his forthcoming apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod.
As US-Iran tensions deepen and worsen, leading to the fear of all-out war, a close papal advisor has explained what he has called Francis’ “rebellion to the rhetoric of the apocalypse”.
The nuncio in Switzerland and Liechtenstein is trying to send the Church back centuries by talking up a “recourse to approved authors” in theology.
Francis’ apology for the infamous ‘pope slap’ on New Year’s Eve is being hailed as “an immaculate blueprint for saying sorry”.
If there is one common theme running through all of Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace messages, it is Christian hope.
Pope Francis constantly reminds us that the most important task is to proclaim the Gospel. 2019 saw him doing exactly that.
A French-Spanish theologian has said that the Vatican financial scandals are signals of the “end of the pontifical monarchy”.
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.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has caused a civil war in the German Church by founding a new independent and conservative foundation for Catholic journalism.
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.
A politics professor and a real estate industry insider have taken down the conservative Catholic “Dan Brown” reporting on recent Vatican financial “scandals”.
The next major Vatican meet after this month’s Amazon Synod should be a forum on gender and sexuality, a leading US group of LGBTQ Catholics has suggested.
Beyond the platitudes of a “new European humanism capable of dialogue, integration and generation”, what did the European bishops really talk about at their Assembly in Santiago de Compostela, Spain?
Anti-abortionists in the United States have self-revealed that rather than “protecting life”, their real goal is controlling women.