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Former Governor General, politician, atheist, finds God Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

A former Australian governor general, Labor leader and avowed atheist says he has found God again at age 85. “There’s been a gnawing pain in my heart and soul about what is the meaning of life. What’s my role in it?” Bill Hayden says. Hayden has often been cited as one of Australia’s most prominent Read more

Lay contribution to synod of bishops bolstered Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Pope Francis has announced new rules to bolster lay people’s contribution in the synod of bishops process so it can become a “privileged instrument of listening to the People of God.” He has published a new apostolic constitution, “Episcopalis Communio,” which sets out how local bishops must consult with the laity on the “questions to Read more

U2’s Bono sings Pope Francis praise Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Pope Francis is an extraordinary man for extraordinary times, says Irish singer Bono. The U2 frontman told reporters he met privately with Francis on Wednesday to sign an agreement between his charity, ONE, and the Scholas Occurentes educational charity supported by Francis. “We haven’t figured out what we are going to do together,” Bono said, Read more

Dalai Lama suggests refugees go home Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Dalai Lama says refugees should return to their homelands. The spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhist people says in his opinion Europeans should be the sole decider of politics in Europe. He made his comments in Malmo, Sweden. Malmo is a city with a significant immigrant population. The Dalai Lama went on to say Read more

Women should help train priests says Bishops head Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Canadian cardinal Marc Ouellet says women should assess seminarians’ suitability for the priesthood and help with their training. This would help prevent future sex abuse, says Ouellet the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. He also thinks bishops should also be chosen more carefully. “We are facing a crisis in the life of the church… Read more

Labour wants early pregnancy gender tests banned Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The Labour Party in Britain wants early pregnancy gender tests banned because of fears it may lead to girls being selectively aborted. Naz Shah, the party’s spokeswoman for women and equalities, said it was “absolutely wrong” that women were pressurised to have abortions if the baby was expected to be a girl. Read more

Death penalty for three top Muslim clerics Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

The death penalty is likely for three top Muslim clerics in Saudi Arabia. Rights activist claim the clerics are facing charges of promoting an extremist agenda. The clerics’ prosecution and possible execution is unusual in Saudi Arabia where religious leaders are usually seen as untouchable. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been taking strong action Read more

Making saints out of rape victims criticised Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Making saints out of rape victims has been criticised by a senior editor of a Catholic magazine. Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, an editor at large and columnist for the US-based Commonweal magazine, was sepcifically referring to the recent beatification of Anna Kolesárová. Kolesárová was a sixteen-year old Slovak girl who was murdered in front of her Read more

GIVEN Institute for mentoring young Catholic women launched Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

The GIVEN Institute is a new nonprofit organisation dedicated to mentoring young Catholic women through a high-caliber, faith-focused leadership programme. Launched last week, the Institute engages and supports young women in evangelisation, vocational discernment and professional advancement. “There are plenty of leadership programs in the private sector; there is no reason we can’t do it Read more

Dalai Lama speaks of sex abuse among Buddhist teachers Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018

The Dalai Lama says he has known about sexually abusive Buddhist teachers since the 1990s. These allegations are “nothing new,” he says. The Dalai Lama, who is the Tibetan spiritual leader, was visiting the Netherlands when he commented publicly about sex abuse. He had been invited to visit the Netherlands by four victims of sexual Read more