A French bishop has deplored the fearmongering around the coronavirus, lamenting that with the panic “it seems we’ve all lost our minds!”.
The closure of so many churches in Northern Italy, the suspension of the masses, the funerals with only family members and measures of this kind have left me a certain bitterness.
The Vatican is urging the international community to implement the Catholic social principles of subsidiarity and solidarity in healthcare policies in order to provide specific support and care for patients with rare diseases and their families, and make them feel part of society.
Bishops in the north of Italy have said the cancellation of Ash Wednesday services in the region this February 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak are a reminder of human “fragility”, but also an “occasion for grace”.
The Archbishop of Dublin has again hit out at the Irish government over “failures” in the healthcare system, for the second time in two weeks.
The Archbishop of Milan has criticised the “alarmism” and the apathy for victims in poorer countries as the coronavirus outbreak sweeps over Italy, Europe and the wider world, forcing the Vatican to also take measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
The novel coronavirus hasn’t just claimed to date 219 infections and five deaths in Italy, in the worst outbreak of the respiratory disease outside China.
On the occasion of last week’s World Day of the Sick, COMECE welcomes “Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan”, recently launched by the European Commission to propose actions for all stages of the disease.
“I Bambini sono speranza” (“Children are hope”) is the title of a just published children’s book composed of brief and simple texts by Pope Francis that encourage sharing, acceptance and love.
In his homily at Mass in the Casa Santa Marta on Thursday, Pope Francis warned against letting our hearts wander unwittingly into apostasy.
On the World Day of the Sick, celebrated today, February 11, bishops are pushing the new Irish government to ensure quality healthcare for all.
In a surprise move, the Archbishop of Paris has backed the withdrawal method of preventing pregnancy over the ise of the pill and condoms.
The Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life has organized an International Conference on the pastoral care of the elderly.
Pope Francis has prayed today in the Angelus that the “very important” UN-backed summit Sunday in Berlin on Libya “is the start of a path towards the cessation of violence and a negotiated solution, which leads to peace and the much-desired stability of the country”.
The French Bishops have accused President Emmanuel Macron of legitimising “liberal eugenics” with a new bioethics law.
In a message published today for the World Day of the Sick 2020, to be held February 11, Pope Francis has urged healthcare institutions and governments “not to neglect social justice out of a preoccupation for financial concerns”, and to make every effort “to cooperate in ensuring that everyone has access to suitable treatments for preserving and restoring their health”.
The Irish Health Minister has blasted a parish’s anti-IVF message as an example of the Church’s “inappropriate interference in decisions that individuals and couples make about their own lives”.
The Community of Mount Tabor, near the Sanctuary of Divine Love outside of Rome, is one of the few places in the Italian Church where religious with psychological problems, including pedophilia, can go for help.
“War kills everything. To defeat it, we need love”, Pope Francis told a group of children Sunday, as he also expressed yesterday in his recitation of the Angelus prayer his concern for the serious pollution in areas of Italy and for the “just protection” of inhabitants’ health.
The Church is at war over assisted suicide, with a Dutch cardinal contradicting a Vatican official who himself disavowed Swiss Bishops’ guidelines on euthanasia.
“To accompany, to hold the hand of someone who is dying, is something that every faithful must promote as they must promote a culture that opposes assisted suicide”, a Vatican archbishop has declared.
The Bishops of Switzerland have instructed priests and pastoral workers not to be physically present at the moment of an assisted suicide.
The cardinal archbishop of Vienna has hosted a World AIDS Day charity concert in the Austrian city’s St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
The Irish Government has scotched rumours the Vatican could block a new National Maternity Hospital to be built on land owned by a religious congregation over the non-Catholic healthcare, such as abortions, to be provided there.
The outcry over a controversial IVF law in Poland has become “a discussion about the role and place of the Catholic Church” in the country, a cultural anthropologist has said.
91% of Catholics in the Netherlands have said they are in favour of euthanasia under certain circumstances.
The Vatican and the Italian Bishops’ Conference have warned of the “spread of the culture of death” after Italy’s Constitutional Court ruled that helping someone to die is not always a crime.
The Bishops of France are playing down the “duty” of Catholics to protest a proposed new bioethics law.
Euthanasia may be appear to be freedom but in fact it is utilitarianism, the reduction of the sick person to a thing, the Pope said.
The Pope met Saturday with victims of Spain’s “stolen babies” scandal, the dark chapter of the country’s history that saw up to 300,000 children stolen from their families and given to households loyal to the Franco dictatorship.