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Vatican says “no” to exploiting pope’s image Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Protecting the Pope’s image and official coat of arms “against cases of illicit use and exploitation for unauthorized profit” tops a Vatican to do list. The Vatican said the new focus is not related to the illegal posters and newspapers criticising Pope Francis that have appeared in Rome over the past weeks. The Vatican Secretariat Read more

Pope Francis could “sell out” China’s underground Catholic church Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Pope Francis could “sell out” China’s underground Catholic church, according to Emeritus Cardinal Joseph Zen. Hong Kong-based 85 year old Zen, who is the is China’s highest ranking prelate, said China’s communist rulers want “total surrender” from the Church. Pope Francis “is really naïve” and “doesn’t know the Chinese communists,” he said. “The people around Read more

Pharmacists religious views on abortion pills ignored Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Pharmacists religious views on medications that cause abortions (called abortifacients are being overruled in the UK. The “conscience clause” where pharmacists could refer customers wanting  abortifacients to other pharmacies will change on 1 May. The proposed 1 May changes to standards  could discriminate against those who personal or religious beliefs are against these drugs. The Read more

Holland’s far right speaks of Muslim scum Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Holland’s far right presidential candidate, Geert Wilders, wants to prevent the spread of Islam and Muslim “scum” from the Netherlands. Islam is an ideology that “poses an existential threat to core European values”, he says. Wilders wants to close all mosques, ban the Quran and seal the Dutch borders to asylum seekers and immigrants from Islamic countries. He Read more

Confession in Australia may not remain sealed Comments 2

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Whether what is heard in confession stays in confession is being considered by the Australian Royal Commission investigating sexual abuse. Throughout the hearings the Royal Commission has heard a number of perspectives on this issue. For example, a priest (later jailed) said while continuing to abuse his victims he confessed his paedophilia several times. When asked Read more

Seminarians who don’t agree with Pope can leave Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Malta’s Archbishop says seminarians who don’t agree with Pope Francis can leave the seminary. Church sources in Malta say the Archbishop is also having “a heavy-handed crackdown” on any ecclesiastic unwilling to subscribe to the Maltese bishops’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia. The bishops say their interpretation is identical to the Pope’s. Read more  

Catholic and Jewish exhibition at Vatican shows “evolution in Catholic-Jewish dialogue” Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The Catholic and Jewish communities in Rome have collaborated to create an exhibition of menorah, the seven-candled Hebrew lamp. The menorah is an ancient symbol of faith. Rome’s Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni said the unprecedented joint exhibition, more than three years in the making, showed the “evolution in the dialogue between Jews and Catholics”. The exhibition Read more

Fast for Lent – reduce your carbon footprint Comments 0

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Fast for Lent and reduce your carbon footprint. The Archdiocese of Bombay has asked Catholics to observe a ‘carbon fast’ during the season to create awareness about global warming and the importance of a sustainable lifestyle. Carbon footprint is a term used to describe the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide generated by Read more

Vatican froze two million euros in 2016 Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

The Vatican froze two million euros last year. Its aim was to prevent the Vatican state being used as a cover for corruption and money laundering. The Vatican has enacted a number of provisions to clean up its finances and make them more transparent in recent years. This has been especially the case since Pope Read more

Thousands of Filipino Catholics protest drug killings Comments 0

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Thousands of Filipino Catholics have marched to protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown against illegal drugs. The protest tagged ‘Walk for Life’ was endorsed by Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Police estimate over 50,000 took part in the march. The drug crackdown has left thousands of drug suspects dead. According to a Police Read more