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Amazon synod: actions speak louder than words

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The Catholic Church in the Amazon region must implement the Amazon synod recommendations, says Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, president of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic in the two years since the synod, there have been many interviews, documents and meetings “to reflect and discern about ‘what we Read more

Synod on synodality must learn to let laity decide too

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

A lay Venezuelan theologian says bishops at the upcoming synod on synodality need to realise lay people aren’t just called to implement but also to make Church decisions. Rafael Luciani is one of three Latin American theologians chosen as consultants on “synodality” for the Synod. He hopes he will be able to offer the synod Read more

Bishops given more responsibility over ‘Traditional Latin Mass’

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Pope Francis has given bishops greater responsibility regarding use of the 1962 Roman Missal. Apostolic See guidelines say it is the bishop’s exclusive responsibility as the moderator of his diocese’s liturgical life to authorise the 1962 Roman Missal’s use. In a motu proprio Traditionis Custodes (Guardians of the Tradition) published on Friday, Francis restored limits Read more

Long-awaited reform of Roman Curia almost ready

Thursday, July 15th, 2021

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says the long-awaited constitution for a reformed Roman Curia is basically finished. It is now undergoing a legal review by the Church’s canon lawyers, he says. How the Catholic Church continues to deal with the clergy sex abuse crisis, bioethical issues in society and the upcoming Vatican maxi-trial Read more

Climate crisis cancelled: Greens agree

Monday, July 12th, 2021
Climate Crisis

Climate change is a serious matter, one which we need to get practical resolve on, National MP, Gerry Brownlee said Thursday in a conversation with Green MP, Golriz Ghahraman. He made the comments on a new podcast, “The Backroom of Politics”. However, while taking climate change seriously, Brownlee says he does not use the term Read more

NZ and Australian bishops to cooperate new lectionary

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference will work with Australian bishops – and any other conference that wants to contribute – on a new translation of the lectionary used in Mass. The Australian bishops are also planning to base their updated translation on the Revised New Jerusalem Bible (RNJB). Bishop Stephen Lowe says New Zealand’s Read more

Transgender group get COVID vaccinations at Vatican

Monday, July 5th, 2021
America Magazine

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, July 1, confirmed about 50 transgender people were invited to have their COVID vaccinations at the Vatican. Their first shots were on 3 April and their second on 24 April. The group came from a parish near Rome, where Fr Andrea Conocchia has been ministering to a transgender community Read more

France’s nuclear legacy in French Polynesia is on the table

Thursday, July 1st, 2021

France’s nuclear legacy in French Polynesia is the subject of high level discussions in Paris this week. The discussions aim to ‘turn the page’ on the aftermath of the weapons tests. Between 1966 to 1996, France carried out 193 tests in the South Pacific. French president Emmanuel Macron called the meeting after a new study Read more

Pope wants German Catholics to discuss issues openly, honestly

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Pope Francis has encouraged the German bishops to continue on the Synodal Path and to discuss the questions openly and honestly. Francis also wants the German church to come to recommendations for a change in the church’s actions says Bishops Conference president Georg Bätzing. In return Francis received personal assurances from the German bishops’ conference Read more

Pope opens his home to prisoners visiting Vatican

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
Angelus News

Several inmates from one of Rome’s prisons met Pope Francis at his home on Monday. The group (pictured along with their accompanying escort), met Francis at Casa Santa Marta early in the morning before visiting the Vatican museums. With them, they brought a basket of bread they had baked earlier in the day to give Read more