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Vatican says three cardinals leaving C9 won’t be replaced Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Pope Francis has released three cardinals from the C9 – his Council of Cardinals. Members of the Council (known as the C9 because there are nine cardinals making up the papal advisory group) advise the pope on Church governance and reform. Its work places a special emphasis on the reform of Pastor Bonus, the apostolic Read more

Spanish Jews want synagogue stolen in inquisition returned Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Spanish Jews want a synagogue stolen by the Catholic Church in the 14th century returned to them. The Ibn Shushan synagogue in Toledo was closed 700 years ago during the rise of the Inquisition in 1492 with its policy of religious repression. This week Spanish Jews organised a religious-cultural event in conjunction with the Bishop Read more

Trump signs new law to help religious minorities Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

US President Donald Trump has signed a new law to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria. The legislation aims particularly to help groups targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. It enables financial and technical assistance for the humanitarian, stabilisation and recovery needs of former Read more

Gunman opened fire, killed people at Mass Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

A gunman opened fire killing at least four or five people people inside the Brazilian Cathedral of Our Lady of the Conception. The gunman then took his own life directly in front of the cathedral’s altar. The man entered the cathedral just as midday Mass was about to finish on Tuesday. According to the Military Read more

Retired sisters accused of embezzling funds Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Two retired sisters have been accused of embezzling funds from the Catholic school where they’d been working for over ten years. The Sisters of St Joseph of Carondelet say the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has filed a criminal complaint against two sisters – Mary Margaret Kreuper and Lana Chang – for misappropriating funds from St Read more

Landmines cleared: site of Christ’s baptism reopening Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Thousands of landmines have been cleared from the banks of the river Jordan. Besides being the place of Christ’s baptism, the site is widely held to be the location where the Israelites crossed the river Jordan following the 40 years in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt. It is also believed to be the Read more

Catholic leading Germany’s largest political party Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Germany’s largest political party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has a new leader. Practicing Catholic, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer – known as AKK in the German press – was seen as chancellor and outgoing CDU leader Angela Merkel’s preferred choice. Read more

Catholics celebrate resignation of corrupt bishop Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Catholics in India are celebrating the resignation of a corrupt Catholic bishop. Pope Francis agreed to the resignation of the bishop who is facing allegations of stealing funds to maintain his “secret family.” Read more

Australian archbishop’s abuse cover-up conviction quashed Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Adelaide’s former archbishop, Philip Wilson, has had his sex abuse cover-up conviction quashed by an Australian appeal court. Wilson had been found guilty in May of concealing the abuse of altar boys in the 1970s by paedophile priest James Fletcher. At the time, he was the most senior cleric in the world ever to be Read more

Bishops should be killed says Filipino president Comments 0

Monday, December 10th, 2018

Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte says bishops should be killed. In a speech last week, Duterte accused bishops of being useless because they criticised his administration, which came to power in 2016. Besides deriding Church leaders as “useless fools” who worship a “stupid” god, Duterte called the Church “the most hypocritical institution” for casting doubt on Read more