News Shorts

Vatican wants boarding schools run by Heralds of the Gospel to be closed

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The Holy See has instructed the ultra-conservative religious order, the Heralds of the Gospel, to close the boarding schools it operates in Brazil to educate children and adolescents. The aim is to protect the residential students from the high risk of psychological and sexual violence. The decision to close the schools comes after the Holy Read more

Pope questions vaccine skeptics, including cardinals

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Pope Francis said Wednesday he didn’t understand why people refuse to take COVID-19 vaccines, saying “humanity has a history of friendship with vaccines,” and that serene discussion about the shots was necessary to help them. “Even in the College of Cardinals, there are some negationists,” Francis said Wednesday, en route home from Slovakia. He noted Read more

Brian Tamaki tells followers to ‘do away with’ masks

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Brian Tamaki of the Destiny Church has used an online sermon to tell followers to “do away with the masks” and take a stand against a lockdown he describes as “home detention”. Tamaki went live on social media with the video message this morning, using the sermon as an extended promotion for a nationwide protest Read more

Unvaccinated clergy barred from ministering to the sick and homebound elderly

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Priests of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 may not minister to the sick, elderly, and homebound, Bishop John Stowe has directed. The policy was announced during a Saturday vigil Mass Sept. 11 that Bishop Stowe celebrated at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Lexington. At the end Read more

Pompallier portrait auction delay

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Covid lockdown has prevented the auction of a rare 19th century portrait in oils of Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier. The portrait was due to be sold on September 11. Due to the current Delta variant of Covid and the resulting lockdowns the auction is postponed until Saturday October 9th. The portrait image went online on September Read more

Pope: Bishops must handle Communion debate as shepherds, not with censures

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with church teaching, Pope Francis said. During his return flight from Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 15, the pope said that while there is no question Read more

Ahead of London arms fair, UK bishops call for end to weapons trade

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Ahead of a major arms fair in London, Catholic leaders in the UK are calling for an end to the arms trade. The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) takes place every two years in the British capital, and brings together members of the arms industry with government officials, military officers, and academics. This year’s Read more

Philippine Church ordains three brothers

Monday, September 13th, 2021

An ordination ceremony in the Philippines’ Mindanao region proved to be a real family affair when three brothers were ordained into the priesthood at the same time. Jessie, Jestonie and Jerson Avenido, members of the Sacred Stigma of our Lord Jesus Christ congregation, an Italian order, were all ordained priests by Archbishop Jose Cabantan of Read more

Migrant Action condemns NZ nation-building course idea as ‘discriminating’

Monday, September 13th, 2021

The Migrant Action Trust has condemned a proposal by a diversity academic calling for a New Zealand nation-building course before people are granted permanent residence or citizenship as “dangerous” and “discriminating”. “This proposal is dangerous. It is dangerous because it comes at a time when the world — including Aotearoa — has demonised a religion Read more

Caritas Pakistan shelters worshippers in demolished church

Monday, September 13th, 2021

Parishioners of a Pakistani Catholic church partially demolished last month by the government of Sindh province have resumed prayers with the support of the local Caritas unit. Tarpaulin sheets supported by bamboo poles covered the front side of St. Joseph Church as they celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Read more