The “most urgent” issue for the Church today “is to correct its gender imbalance”, an Irish nun has pleaded.
These are the words that Pope Francis forcefully repeated Sunday at the Angelus: it is necessary to “do our part towards giving migrants, refugees and asylum seekers a humane and dignified welcome in Europe”.
Sister Helen Alford, of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, says she hopes to be of service to society, the Church and the world in her new role as a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
With support from Pope Francis, a nun helping Trans women in Argentina is refusing to back down in the face of criticism of her ministry.
A nun has blasted clericalist priests, reminding them that “‘to be holy’ cannot mean uptight, superior, arrogant, contemptuous of women, hypocritical…”.
A Vatican archbishop has issued a plea not to ideologise the pro-life cause as abortion has become a weapon in the US presidential race.
A German abbess charged for sheltering refugees has said she would accept a possible jail term with a “clear conscience”.
A female Vatican official has urged Catholic women to put their hands up for Church leadership “without being shy or feeling inferior”.
At the Angelus today, Pope Francis sounded the alarm on the coronavirus economic crisis, imploring that summer holidays in the northern hemisphere “should not allow us to forget the problems there are due to Covid: many families do not have work, have lost work, and have nothing to eat”.
During the sixty-three days of the Warsaw Uprising, which was the biggest revolt of the population against the Nazi occupants during World War II, about 150 diocesan priests and many nuns provided the insurgents and civilians with pastoral and medical care, and shelter.
A nun has blasted exiled former Spanish king Juan Carlos I as “corrupt”, a “womaniser” and a “thief”.
Ahead of the 75th anniversary year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Pope Francis visited both cities.
A Vatican journalist turned critic of the institution has warned that a #NunsToo “revolt” is brewing among the world’s female religious, recalling that women themselves “are a revolution”.
The COVID-19 pandemic is “not God punishing us or tripping us up”, the Minister General of the Conventual Franciscans has insisted.
From her ‘parish’ without a priest, a German abbess is hoping for “radical changes” on gender equality in the Church.
Women religious are supporting the German bishops who criticised a recent “ridiculous” Vatican instruction on parishes.
“Democracy can be one of the victims of the pandemic if we do not take care with our political condition”, the Jesuit Superior General has warned.
A Vatican cardinal has backed a German abbess who is being prosecuted for sheltering refugees, exclaiming “God bless her!”.
Yesterday July 30 a new temporary mission of the Scalabrinian Missionary Sisters left to tend to the refugees on Lesbos.
A media report has lifted the lid on “abuses of power and conscience” and “psychological blackmail” in some women’s orders.
A German abbess charged with “aiding and abetting illegal residents” is standing up for herself, saying that “to give concrete help to a person in need can’t be a crime”.
Today, on the UN World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Pope Francis pleaded that “much remains to be done” to end human trafficking, “an open wound on the body of contemporary society”.
The Catholic Church, in its missionary commitment in many parts of the world, is paying for its contribution to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic which does not spare peoples and nations from all continents.
A forthcoming Vatican instruction soon to be published is to insist on “mutual respect” between religious and bishops, according to a media report.
A Vatican cardinal has denounced the “sick system of relationships of submission and domination” that “in many cases” women religious suffer at the hands of men in the Church.
We are all invited to join an online prayer today, July 23 – promoted by religious around the world – for all those who are suffering from COVID-19 and from the injustice that may be preventing their adequate care.