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Four dubia cardinals publish text of letter to Pope Comments 6

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The four so-called dubia cardinals, who have been asking Pope Francis to clarify the doctrinal consequences of Amoris Laetitia, asked him for an audience in May. Francis has not answered their request or replied to the letter. They released a copy of their letter to the press. The letter was written by Cardinal Carlo Caffarra Read more

Social housing queue slower for Northern Ireland’s Catholics Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Accessing social housing takes Catholics in Northern Ireland six months longer than Protestants, a newly released study  says. Where Protestants wait about nine months to be placed in social housing, Catholics wait 15 months on average, the report from the Equality Commission says. The report – ‘Statement on Key Inequalities in Housing and Communities in Read more

Gangs terrorising Catholics while cops look away Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Gangs of youths are terrorising Catholics in north-east Vietnam and the police are turning a blind eye. Wearing red T-shirts with yellow stars and waving national flags, the gangs have been attacking Catholics and their property since the beginning of June. “The primary motivation behind the incidents is to pressurise local Catholics and the deanery Read more

Vatican’s auditor general quits suddenly Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The Vatican’s first ever auditor general, Italian financier Libero Milone, has resigned. He has not given any reasons for his unexpected departure from the post, which he has held for just two years. His role was to help ensure transparency in the Vatican’s finances. In a statement, the Vatican said: “It is noted that Doctor Read more

V8s for vocations – Priest’s garage gang fundraiser Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Doing up V8s started out as way of fundraising for seminary education. Then, somewhere amidst the spanners, “V8s for Vocations” became a unique form of evangelization. It all started when mechanic-turned-priest Father Matthew Keller gathered together a “Garage Gang” of classic car aficionados. Between them, they restored a “muscle car“, which they raffled in an Read more

Adventure movie on St Ignatius Loyola Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

An adventure movie about St Ignatius Loyola is about to hit box offices. The movie, which its director says is a contemporary take on Ignatius’s life, is important. “There is a need for this new material on St. Ignatius of Loyola, especially because the young people now are very visual.” Read more  

Pope’s top World Day of Refugees ideas Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

The World Day of Refugees has sparked a number of ideas Pope Francis suggests we might want to share. All five ideas are practical. The involve addressing the widespread problem with urgency, doing one’s civil duty, being welcoming, and showing hospitality and love. Read more  

South Sudan promised US$500,000 from Pope Comments 0

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

South Sudan is about to get US$500,000  (NZ$700,000) to help pay for two hospitals, a school and farm equipment. Pope Francis is the donor. The country is suffering the effects of decades of civil war and its people are facing starvation. Read more

Pope’s simple styles create fashion following Comments 1

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Until Pope Francis, papal fashion was not known for its simple styles.  The papal tailors and shoemakers had their place in the sumptuous papal wardrobe. The pope’s elegance was an attribute many clergy strove to copy. The delectable heavy velvets, silks and satins, fine cottons, jewels, embroideries, fine lace, furs – church was a wonderful Read more

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Pope … again Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis met privately for the fourth time on Saturday. The Holy See Press Office called their discussions “cordial” and said they spoke about “the good relations and fruitful collaboration between the Holy See and Germany”. They also discussed climate change and ways the world can work multilaterally to combat Read more