“Either we rebuild a world with a hunger for justice or we will witness the decline of our civilisation”, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti has warned post-COVID-19.
At the Angelus today, Pope Francis said he was “very saddened” by the decision of Turkish authorities Friday to convert into a mosque again the Istanbul icon of Hagia Sophia.
Countries around the globe are exiting the COVID-19-related confinement, albeit with economic prospects looking not all that good and other negative news floating around, leading to widespread paralysis.
(Source: Aid to the Church in Need International) On 27 May this year Pope Francis recognised the attribution of a…
In a homily at Mass today to mark the seventh anniversary of his visit to the migrant hotspot of Lampedusa, Pope Francis deplored the conditions in Libyan migrant detention camps, warning his congregation: “You cannot imagine the hell that people are living there”.
Cardinal Tagle has lamented how quicky humanity is forgetting the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic, denouncing that the world has already fallen back into old patterns of conflict, criticisms and political power plays.
“God created me as I am”, a trans man convert from Catholicism turned Protestant pastor is celebrating.
In his greeting today after the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis praised as “commendable” a UN Security Council resolution adopted this week calling for a “global and immediate” ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, and urged the international community to “effectively and promptly” implement that cessation of hostilities “for the good of the many people who are suffering”.
A renowned German Benedictine and Pope ‘guru’ has claimed that “there are no theological reasons against the priesthood of women”.
A German bishop has blamed the mass Church desertions in his country on what he described as the tired parish-centred pastoral model.
At 4 in the morning on Tuesday 30 June, Don Pietro Ganapini, for 59 years a Fidei Donum missionary in Madagascar, died.
“Jesus’ ministry proclaimed that poor and sick lives matter… That is why He asks us to be a field hospital and not a private clinic”, the Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, recalled in a sermon last Sunday.
Santiago Agrelo is a Spanish-born priest who from 2007 to 2019 was Archbishop of Tanger, in Morocco.
This year in the city of Antakya, Catholics, Orthodox and apostolic Armenians will not be able to live together the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
In his Angelus today after his Mass for the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis denounced the “solitude of the elderly”, treated as “discarded material”, as a “tragedy of our times”, and urged that the life of children and grandchildren be given “as a gift” to older people.
In his homily at Mass today for the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis offered keys for the truly “prophetic” Church he said we need today. “Not forcefulness, but forthrightness. Not palaver, but prayer. Not speeches, but service”, the pontiff pleaded.
Cardinal Michael Czerny, the under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, celebrated the ordination mass Sunday of 18 deacons and two priests, members of the Society of Jesus, in the Church of the Gesù in Rome.
In the Angelus today, Pope Francis asked the European Union and the United Nations for solutions to the “serious socio-political and economic crises” afflicting Syria and neighbouring countries, urging leaders to “think of the fact that there are small children who are hungry, who do not have anything to eat”, and to hasten to make peace.
The history of the Church shows us how the instrumentalisation of Christianity by politics has been a recurring fact.
It has been said, for decades, that religion is in crisis. And now, with the coronavirus pandemic, the religious crisis has become even more blatant and obvious.
In his greetings to the Spanish-speaking faithful at this morning’s General Audience, Pope Francis prayed for “strength and support” for Mexicans after a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck the country’s Pacific coast June 23, killing at least six and seriously injuring dozens more.
One of the reasons for the flight of Catholics from the Church or the indifference to religious practice is the fact that many of the adult faithful have no other education in the faith than that which they received in childhood through the family and through catechesis.
In the Angelus today, Pope Francis pressed for a renewed commitment on the part of the world to refugees and the environment post-COVID-19, as he recalled too the “painful reality” of persecuted Christians today, whom he lamented are more numerous even than the martyrs of the early Church.
“The way we treat women’s bodies reveals our level of humanity”, Pope Francis has pleaded today on End Sexual Violence in Conflict Day.
The Council for World Mission, a global partnership of 32 member Churches, has called on Christians worldwide to “rise up” against the “pandemic” of racial injustice revealed by the George Floyd murder.
The Vincentian Family, a worldwide Catholic movement made up of more than four million believers and more than 160 ecclesial institutions which has served the most needy in our world for more than four centuries, has condemned the “very serious sin” of racism, stating unequivocally that discrimination is “the complete opposite of faith”.
A German bishop has schooled Donald Trump on the Bible, saying that the US President “doesn’t quite understand” what the Scriptures are about.
Bible scholars are divided into three camps: maximalist, minimalist and centrist. The maximalists, who are fundamentalists, consider the biblical text to be literally true. Long live Adam and Eve and down with Darwin!
The Irish Bishops have launched a framework document for the return to public Masses, insisting that, in the words of Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary, the COVID-19 aftermath is “a tremendous opportunity to rediscover ourselves as Church”.