Pope to attend UN Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Pope Francis will attend the UN Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow in November. Pope Francis and John Kerry, U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for climate, met privately in a closed-door meeting, last week at the Vatican. In an interview after the meeting, Kerry said he believes Francis will participate in the UN Framework Read more

Pope’s new Catechist ‘lay’ ministry to backfire

Monday, May 17th, 2021

While the pope’s announcement of Antiquum ministerium – the new Rite of Institution of the Lay Catechist has made many people happy, others are finding it perplexing and likely to backfire. “Just who are the laity in a church of priestly people” asks Robert Mickens, writing his weekly Letter from Rome column in La Croix Read more

Amazon bishop ‘disappointed’ by synod outcome

Monday, May 17th, 2021

A prominent bishop in the Brazilian Amazon has said there is marked disappointment in the region over the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia. Erwin Kräutler, the bishop emeritus of Xingu in the Brazilian Amazon, expressed concern that not a word was said about opening up the Sacrament of Holy Orders to married men and ordaining Read more

Israeli strikes called disproportionate

Monday, May 17th, 2021
Christians suffer in Gaza

The homes of Christian families have been hit during the Israeli air force raids on the Gaza Strip, according to the Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem. Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Bishop Emeritus of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said the convent and the nursery school of the Sisters of the Rosary were also damaged. Marcuzzo stated that Read more

Protect children from ‘psychological murder’

Monday, May 17th, 2021
Pope Francis protect children

More than ever, Pope Francis is urging families, educational and public institutions to protect children and tackle the scourge of child abuse. He described child abuse, paedophilia and child pornography, as “psychological murder.” Speaking to members of the Meter Association in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on May 15, the pope noted that the Internet is Read more

Priest who said President Biden’s inaugural Mass resigns after investigation

Monday, May 17th, 2021

The Jesuit priest who oversaw President Biden’s inaugural Mass resigned from his post as president of Santa Clara University this week. The resignation came after an internal investigation found he engaged in behaviours that conflicted with the Jesuit order’s “protocols and boundaries,” according to a statement issued by the school Wednesday. The Rev. Kevin O’Brien, Read more

Catholics join scientists in asking Biden to seek nuclear disarmament

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Catholic proponents of nuclear disarmament have joined scientists in calling on President Joe Biden to pursue an ambitious plan to end the threat nuclear weapons pose to the planet. In a statement to the White House, a group of 14 disarmament advocates – seven Catholics, including three bishops, and seven scientists – urged Biden to Read more

UK bill to fine universities for failing to protect free speech

Monday, May 17th, 2021

A proposed law in the UK aiming to bolster the protection of free speech could impose fines on universities if they fail to protect freedom of speech for students, staff, and visiting speakers. Among the bill’s provisions is one that would allow visiting speakers, academics, and students to seek compensation if they suffer loss because Read more

China closes social media account of Church-run Radio Veritas Asia’s Mandarin service

Monday, May 17th, 2021

The social media WeChat account of Radio Veritas Asia’s Mandarin service has been shut down by Chinese authorities, said a Catholic priest who works in the Church-run organization. The account was reportedly closed on May 10. The priest who asked not to be named for reasons of security told that “for a long time” Read more

Synodal church ‘fundamental’ to Pope’s vision

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

A synodal church is “fundamental” to Pope Francis’ vision for women in the Church, papal biographer Austen Ivereigh says. In such a church, women challenge clericalism without being co-opted by it, Ivereigh told a webinar on the role of women in church leadership. Ivereigh said Francis had indicated the vital need for those women to Read more