Manos Unidas sounds alarm on “shadow pandemic” on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
Church relief group – along with over 30 Church and civil society organisations, 42 academics and 45 members of the European Parliament – calls on European Commission to establish legally-binding minimum income scheme
Pax Christi and other Catholic organisations have joined a total of 170 peacebuilding groups from around the world in urging governments on World Peace Day this September 21 that “if we are to meet the challenges of tomorrow, we must recommit to peace today”.
Pope Francis has praised as a martyr of charity a murdered Italian street priest known for his devotion to the least in society.
In an open letter organised by the ‘Faith in Public Life’ network, over 150 Catholics including theologians, religious and former staffers at the US Catholic Bishops’ Conference have accused Donald Trump of a “fundamental contempt for what it means to be a Christian”, denouncing that the US president “defiles the Gospel in his words and policies”.
10,000 Swedes are demanding permanent residency permits for unaccompanied migrant children who have been in the country for more than a year.
Archbishop Paul Coakley, Chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development of the US Bishops’ Conference (USCCB), is encouraging solidarity, respect for the dignity of workers and charity in the annual USCCB Labor Day statement, centered this year on rebuilding a dignified post-pandemic world.
A Global Catholic group is calling on the Polish Bishops to use “every means available” to them to “protect the dignity” of LGBTIQ+ people.
On criminal punishment, a Viennese auxiliary bishop has urged lawmakers and judges to “prefer mercy to severity and prevention to imprisonment”.
Racism is a deep-seated vice, one that is ingrained in humans at a very early age and is generational. Power, social and economic structures benefit from and perpetuate inequity in order to confer unmerited privileges to a select few.
As our modest little tribute to Pedro Casaldàliga – the Spanish-born ‘bishop of the poor’ of the Brazilian Amazon and indeed the world over who died Saturday at 92 – we at Novena are publishing texts from the prophet and poet in which he himself explains some of his visionary and intensely gospel-driven ideas for the Church and the world.
“We became priests to bless people, not to curse them”, a Spanish priest has explained of his LGBTQ outreach.
This week saw the release of the book Cuarentena (“Quarantine”), a diary by journalist Alver Metalli on how people lived the coronavirus confinement in one of the shantytowns on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Archbishop Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič, Permanent Observer of the Vatican to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva, delivered a statement on behalf of the Holy See on Thursday during the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council.
With an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, over 150 human rights and Church groups including the Jesuit Refugee Service Europe have accused Brussels of the “blatant denial” of police brutality and structural racism in Europe.
On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Pope Francis also has added his voice to the many asking to #saveourelderly.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, visited a settlement just outside of the gates of Rome on Saturday evening.
The protest against oppression, exclusion and unjust suffering is like “the DNA of the biblical message”, an Austrian bishop has said.
The Irish Bishops are calling on citizens to “examine our own consciences” on racism, saying that the discrimination and oppression of minorities “is not just an American phenomenon”.
There are George Floyds in Europe too, in the opinion of a French bishop who has deplored the racism and “ghettoisation” suffered by minorities on the continent.
As Maltese society hopefully approaches the end of the partial lockdown, the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta would like to reflect on the importance of open spaces available to all.
On the occasion of the International Day of Families, Caritas Europa calls on the EU to prioritise the creation of the Child Guarantee and to back it with sufficient funds.
Bishops in Portugal and Spain are backing a push to implement a Europe-wide guaranteed minimum income, calling the initiative “an anchor for the most disadvantaged”.