Today, 22nd August, marks the first United Nations International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.
Biographer of Jorge Mario Bergoglio Austen Ivereigh has denounced a “shrill and powerful” opposition in the Church to Pope Francis.
Cardinal Walter Kasper, celebrated Austrian theologian and close collaborator of Pope Francis, has argued that the Church’s discipline of compulsory clerical celibacy is robbing the indigenous people of the Amazon of their “right” to the Eucharist.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Vatican Dicastery (department) for promoting Integral Human Development, has highlighted a series of opportunities and problems in the tourism sector in a message for World Tourism Day September 27.
The outgoing director of the German edition of Vatican News, the Jesuit Bernd Hagenkord, has criticised German cardinal Walter Brandmüller for his loud and sustained attacks on the Amazon Synod.
Catholic women’s organisation Voices of Faith is appealing to the world’s bishops to give women a vote in synods, the major decision-making bodies in the Church.
The key to the Amazon Synod is the idea of giving an “Amazonian face” to both the Church and to wider society.
On 6-27 of October 2019, the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian Region will be held at the Vatican, following its announcement by Pope Francis in 2017.
“Humanity has not done its duty enough for its poorest brothers”, lamented Monsignor Fernando Chica Arellano, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Released on Monday, the Persecuted Christians Review details a recent surge in violence against adherents to the faith around the world.
The Austrian bishop Erwin Kräutler, long-time former pastor of the Brazilian diocese of Xingu, has predicted that the Synod for the Amazon will introduce married priests and “at least” the female diaconate, if not priesthood.
Whether Catholics should support climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg has been a talking point in the Church ever since the Swedish teenager began her “School Strike for the Climate” protests outside the Swedish Parliament in August 2018.
On Tuesday, the Italian Bishops’ Conference (Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, “CEI”) announced a donation of one million euros “in favour of the people of South Sudan.”
The general secretaries of the bishops conferences of England and Wales, Germany and France have completed a three-day visit to Canberra that examined key issues facing the Church in Australia and globally.
openDemocracy, a UK-based independent global investigative journalism platform, has uncovered evidence that a coalition of Christians of various denominations, from Orthodox to Catholics to Evangelicals, is pumping large amounts of money to far-right European political parties from Spain to Hungary and beyond.
Pope Francis has recalled his visit to Lampedusa every year since he went in 2013 with a special Mass for migrants. Around 250 people attended the Pope’s Mass this year, celebrated at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter’s Basilica.
“Planet Amazon” is the theme of the Second Forum of the Laudato si’ Communities, held today [Saturday 6th] in Amatrice, Italy. Pope Francis has sent a message to the participants in the Forum.
“Global efforts to meet the goals to end all forms of slavery by 2030 are still too uncoordinated”, denounced Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, on June 27.
At least 44 people have died after an airstrike hit a detention facility where migrants are being held outside the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
After a meeting last month with Pope Francis, oil and finance executives from around the world have pledged “sustained, large-scale action” on climate change.
At the Annual General Meeting of Pax Christi International 26-27 June, Pax Christi sections elected two new co-presidents: Sr. Teresia Wamuyu Wachira of Kenya and Bishop Marc Stenger of France.
“It is not just about migrants. It is about not excluding anyone.” Pope Francis made that statement in a video message sent on Tuesday to help Christians prepare for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
The Bishop Emeritus of Fulda (Germany), Heinz Josef Algermissen, has criticised the Bishop of Springfield, Thomas Paprocki, for pledging to deny communion to pro-abortion lawmakers in the US state of Illinois.
The Vatican released the “Note on the importance of the internal forum and the inviolability of the Sacramental Seal” on Monday.
“Made in Germany – Action outcry – Stop the arms trade!” shows the consequences of German arms exports in war zones.
The soon-to-retire Papal Nuncio in Spain, Renzo Fratini, has lambasted the Governments of the United States, Italy and Hungary.
At 11.00 this morning, the Holy Father Francis received in audience in the Apostolic Palace the delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.
Cardinal Walter Kasper has categorically denied reports of a “secret meeting” this week in Rome to prepare for the Synod for the Amazon this coming October.