Aussies making it a crime to pray Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

A proposed law before Victoria’s state parliament seeks to criminalise any practices that seek to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including prayer. Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli said any coercive practice “is an affront to human dignity.” He said he firmly rejects such harmful acts but added that “nobody is protected Read more

Christmas provides reason for hope during pandemic Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

Pope Francis says the Christmas season provides a reason for hope during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. During his Sunday blessing this week, Francis commented that the Vatican’s Christmas tree – itself a symbolic reason for hope – went up last week in St. Peter’s Square. Work is also underway to build the life-size Nativity scene Read more

Pope Francis overhauls Vatican financial watchdog Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Vatican financial watchdog

Pope Francis has revamped the Vatican financial watchdog to establish “supervision aimed at the prevention and countering of money laundering and the financing of terrorism.” Under the pope’s plan, the agency will be split into three parts, the Vatican said on Saturday. They are vigilance, rules and legal affairs, and financial information. The Vatican’s Financial Read more

Big business and Vatican join in push for ‘system change’ Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
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The Catholic Church and more than 100 ‘big business’ entities launched a Council for Inclusive Capitalism at the Vatican seeking fundamental economic change. The companies are participating, “under the moral guidance of His Holiness Pope Francis,” the Council said in a statement. “An economic system that is fair, trustworthy, and capable of addressing the most Read more

Church needs rules on status of former popes Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
status of popes

The Vatican needs clear rules to govern the status of popes who resign in the future, according to Cardinal George Pell, a leading Roman Catholic conservative. Pell is one of the highest-ranking Church figures to speak publicly on the need for these new rules. The situation became an issue in 2013 when Pope Benedict, 93, Read more

Terrorist who beheaded teacher given hero’s funeral Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

The terrorist who beheaded a French school teacher near Paris for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class has been given a hero’s funeral in his native Chechnya. Footage shows mourners at the ceremony for Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, in his native village of Shalazi in the oil-rich Russian region. The body of the Read more

‘We All Pray to The Same God’: Muslim Man Donates Land for Temple Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

HMG Basha, a resident of Kadugodi in Bengaluru, decided to give up some of his land for refurbishment of the Anjaneya Swamy temple on the Bengaluru-Hoskote highway. A small temple existed near his plot and the trust of the shrine wanted to renovate and rebuild it. Locals see this as an act of communal harmony Read more

Crane knocks head and torso off St. Paul statue Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

A construction crane knocked the head and torso off a statue of St. Paul atop Liège Cathedral in Belgium Monday. CathoBel, the official website of the Catholic Church in Francophone Belgium, reported that the accident occurred in the early afternoon on Dec. 7 as the cathedral, which is dedicated to St. Paul, was nearing the Read more

Detroit Archdiocese announces major reorganization Comments 0

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

In one of its biggest restructurings in years, the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit announced Wednesday it is grouping its 216 parishes in southeastern Michigan into 51 families — each made up of three to eight parishes sharing priests. The changes have been approved by Archbishop Allen Vigneron, according to a statement released Wednesday morning. A Read more

Promoting Christian unity is not optional Comments 0

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Catholics must work towards Christian unity, a new guidebook from the Vatican says. It can no longer be seen as “optional” by bishops. They won’t be left to work out how on their own though. The new guidebook, released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, offers practical ways for bishops to promote unity Read more