Mexican government wants priests on civics courses

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

Mexico’s Interior Ministry wants priests to take courses promoting “civic values” – and Mexico’s bishops are concerned. The bishops conference’s concern follows the Morena party’s massive electoral victory and their own concern for social peace in the “deeply divided” country. The Ministry’s request In the letter requesting that priests attend the courses, the Ministry emphasised Read more

Christian dad killed at Trump rally: “The very best of us”

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
The best of us

Corey Comperatore, a 50-year-old father and husband who was fatally shot at former President Donald Trump’s campaign rally near Pittsburgh on Saturday, was “the very best of us” according to his family and the state’s governor. Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro described Comperatore as a dedicated Christian, a devoted family man and a community hero. Comperatore, Read more

Vatican pushback expected on archbishop’s Latin Mass support

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
Latin Mass

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has endorsed an open letter urging Pope Francis not to impose new restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass, a move expected to draw pushback from the Vatican. The letter, posted online on 15th July, appeals to the Pope to maintain the older liturgical forms of the Catholic Eucharistic liturgy. Read more

Irish politician denied Communion over abortion vote

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
Irish politician denied Communion

An Irish politician was denied Communion at a funeral Mass in Cork because he supported repealing the Eighth Amendment which legalised abortion in Ireland. Fine Gael TD Colm Burke said he had been left shocked after being refused communion with the priest, Fr Gabriel Burke. The junior Health Minister said the priest involved told him Read more

US National Eucharistic Congress will host over 50,000

Thursday, July 18th, 2024
Eucharistic congress

A National Eucharistic Congress in the US this week will probably see over 50,000 people gather in Indianapolis. US Bishops hope it will be a culminating moment in the Church in the country’s three-year revival to inspire people to encounter Jesus in the Eucharist. It will be the United States’ first National Eucharistic Congress since Read more

First women hired for St Peter’s Basilica’s maintenance crew

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

The Vatican has said that two women have been hired for the specialised maintenance crew of St Peter’s Basilica for the first time in its 500-year history. While women have worked for the Fabbrica di San Pietro — the department that oversees maintenance, restoration, and repairs of the Vatican’s papal basilica — before, it is Read more

Church leaders meet Indian PM, raise concerns over ‘attacks’

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A delegation of Church leaders met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 12, a month after he was elected to power for the third consecutive term, and expressed concerns about the increasing hostility Christians face in the country. Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Trichur, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, led the Read more

Suspect charged with hate crime after beheading statue of Jesus

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A suspect in a vandalism incident at a New York City parish has been charged with a hate crime after beheading a statue of the Christ Child in Queens. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a press release on her website that Jamshaid Choudhry “has been charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime Read more

St Mary Magdalene relic stolen from Salt Lake City cathedral

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

A relic of St Mary Magdalene was stolen from the Cathedral of the Madeleine on the morning of July 10. The theft was discovered at about 7 am when one of the cathedral staff members found the broken reliquary on the floor beneath the crucifix. According to Father Martin Diaz, the cathedral’s rector, this appears Read more

Assassination plot against Pope in Trieste

Monday, July 15th, 2024
assassination plot

Italian authorities are investigating an assassination plot against Pope Francis following the discovery of a handgun in an abandoned suitcase at Trieste’s train station. The discovery was made just before the Pope’s visit on Sunday. Italian television programme RAI reported that police sources had identified a man leaving the suitcase in a station bar. The Read more