Vicar apostolic of Brunei denounces “disturbing” party politics and squabbling in Church: “It is not the Gospel. If I were not a Catholic and saw the news…”
At book launch in Saudi Arabia, Holy See representative to UN in Geneva Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič says human fraternity key to move from “incivility of conflict” to “civilisation of encounter”
“Laïcité has increasingly become an expression of French identity. It now acts as a touchstone for ‘le vivre-ensemble’: how French people can live together”
“Religions have nothing to do” with violence, discrimination and hatred, stress Francis and good friend Ahmad Al-Tayyeb
“The promises of the Old Testament concerning the Jewish people and the land cannot be used to legitimise the expulsion of Palestinians”, insist Bishops
In a joint declaration, Islamic leaders decry instrumentalisation of religion “for political, diplomatic or commercial ends”, criticise “unjustified” Muslim calls to boycott French products
Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich warns on publication of blasphemous cartoons: “There cannot be absolute freedom… freedom of expression must take into account others’ views”
“Numb with horror”, members of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue “reject utterly any misuse of religion to justify violence.”
German Bishops’ chair Georg Bätzing: “Terror in the name of religion perverts the name of God… We need religions to deliver what they promise: to bring about peace”
The Archbishop of Vienna calls citizens to “solidarity, community and respect” after wave of shootings Monday night killed at least 3 and injured 15
Nice diocese holds moving rite of reparation, Mass for All Saints in remembrance of three who perished in October 29 tragedy
French Bishops urge fix for “cancerous tumour” of extremism, insist that “despite the pain, Catholics refuse to give in to fear”
The terrorist attacks in France aren’t just about “religion” – they also involve a whole series of intricate historical, geopolitical and economic factors
Pope mourns aggression “that sowed death in a place of prayer and consolation”: “I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, that they may respond to evil with good”
“It’s very important to us to save our heritage and keep it safe for future generations”, says Chaldean prelate Najeeb Michaeel of Mosul
Migrants and refugees often arrive in the UK traumatised by the lives they’ve left behind and by the dangerous journeys they’ve had to endure to reach some semblance of safety.
The first church built from scratch in Turkish territory since 1923 – the year of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey – is going up in record time.
Turkey is showing disregard towards Christian cultural heritage and failing to fulfil its promise to maintain free access to Hagia Sophia, Nikolay Balashov, an archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church, told Sputnik on Friday, addressing Ankara’s latest decision to convert another former church into a mosque.
Ever since the reversion of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, the Muslim call to prayer has been resounding from its minarets.
“For the fourth year, we are gathered in this too small church of Saint-Étienne du Rouvray, with you priests, nuns, parishioners, with you, the dear family of Father Jacques Hamel, with you witnesses of this dramatic gesture committed here”.
On 10 July, in a speech to the nation, President Erdoğan announced that the ancient Basilica of Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage site, would be reopened for Muslim worship on 24 July.
Since its origins in the sixth century A.D, the Hagia Sophia has served as a church, a mosque, and, since 1934, a museum.
Islamic prayers were held on Friday in Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia basilica for the first time in 86 years.
A Vatican cardinal has floated a COVID conspiracy theory, suggesting that the virus could be a biological weapon.
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.