Protests erupt over Beirut’s deadly explosion Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The deadly explosion in Beirut last week was followed by a wave of protests erupting in central Beirut. Many Lebanese citizens are blaming their leaders’ incompetence, for the deadly explosion that leveled the city’s main port last Tuesday. The blast sent a shock wave through Lebanon’s capital, destroyed entire neighborhoods, killed at least 154 people, Read more

Pope picks six women for ‘all-male’ Vatican posts Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Pope Francis has attempted to right the gender balance in senior Vatican posts, appointing six women to traditionally all-male Vatican roles at the Vatican Council for the Economy. In addition to the women, the only layman named to the council was Alberto Minali, a former executive at Italian insurance companies. Statutes for the Council, which Read more

Thousands of Christian volunteers helping after Beirut blast Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Thousands of Christian volunteers are clearing debris and delivering urgent aid to people in Beirut, following last week’s devastating explosion. Medicine, clothes, blankets and food are in huge demand. Monsignor Toufic Bou-Hadir, director of the Maronite Patriarchal Commission for Youth, is praising the efforts of the young Christian volunteers “amazing” response to what he calls Read more

Catholic bishop challenges Trump’s pro-life claims Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

President Donald Trump’s pro-life claims have been analysed and found wanting. An American church leader, Bishop John Stowe of Kentucky challenged Trump’s pro-life claims in a recent webinar. He told his audience that rather than being pro-life, Trump was actually anti-life. “For this president to call himself pro-life, and for anybody to back him because Read more

Cardinals call out China’s Uyghur genocide Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

China’s Uyghur genocide must end, say 76 signatories. The cardinals of Myanmar and Indonesia are among the signatories of a statement calling for action to stop “one of the most egregious human tragedies since the Holocaust: the potential genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslims in China.” Uyghur genocide and other atrocity crimes are known Read more

Notre Dame Cathedral’s organ getting 4-year-long cleaning Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Pipe by precious pipe, Notre Dame Cathedral’s organ – that once thundered through the medieval building – is being taken apart after last year’s devastating fire. The mammoth task of dismantling, cleaning and re-assembling France’s largest musical instrument started Monday and is expected to last nearly four years. Once restored, it will take six months Read more

US seeks blasphemy reforms after Pakistan court killing Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

The United States has urged Pakistan to amend its blasphemy laws after an American citizen was killed inside a courtroom in Peshawar on July 29. Tahir Ahmed Naseem was shot dead in Peshawar district court where he was due to attend a hearing on charges of blasphemy. Naseem was a former member of Pakistan’s minority Read more

India’s Supreme Court rejects rape-accused bishop’s petition Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

India’s Supreme Court has dismissed a petition from Bishop Franco Mulakkal that sought to clear him of charges of raping a Catholic nun. “There is no merit” in the case, said Chief Justice Sharad Aravind Bobde on Aug. 5 while dismissing the discharge plea of Bishop Mulakkal of Jalandhar Diocese. Senior Supreme Court lawyer and Read more

Priest, a seminary rector, slain in El Salvador Comments 0

Monday, August 10th, 2020

A Roman Catholic priest has been shot to death along a road in El Salvador and church authorities on Saturday called for an investigation into the slaying. The church celebrated a Mass on Saturday for the Rev. Ricardo Antonio Cortez, who was rector at the seminary named for recently canonized Oscar Arnulfo Romero in the Read more

Abuse in women’s congregations exposed Comments 0

Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Abuse in women’s congregations is rife, according to Giovanni Cucci SJ. Through research, pastoral experience and interviews with F Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cucci has formed a picture of the abuse. For the most part the abuse does not take Read more