Secret report calls for radical revamp of Catholic Church Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

A secret report being considered by Australia’s bishops wants unprecedented reform in the church. The reforms aim to make the church more inclusive and break down the structures that contributed to decades of clergy abuse and cover-ups. The church could be “dramatically overhauled” to give lay people more power, increase the number of women in Read more

Over 100 people contract COVID-19 at Church Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Dozens of people who attended at a Baptist church service in Frankfurt on 10 May are being sought by German authorities as they may have been exposed to the coronavirus (COVID-19). So far more than 107 people tested positive for the virus, six of whom have been taken to hospital. Those at the service followed Read more

Priests in Ireland preparing post-lockdown plans Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Priests in Ireland are preparing post-lockdown plans for their parishes so they will be ready when coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions on public worship begin to ease. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, says reopening churches for worship “has serious public health concerns and we have to make sure that we are ready for them.” One of Read more

Pandemic shows immigrants are essential Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

The pandemic has highlighted that immigrants are essential to the fabric of our society, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ says. Czerny, who has been the under-secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s Migrants and Refugees Section since 2017, is urging people to develop local solutions to address the needs of immigrant and refugee Read more

Priest tells Trump churches aren’t necessary to practice our faith Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Churches aren’t necessary to practice our faith, a Catholic priest has told US president Donald Trump. Trump takes the opposite view to Fr Edward Beck, and says he considers houses of worship and their religious services essential. “The governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of faith to Read more

Public returns to St. Peter’s Square; pope calls for defence of environment Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

The public returned to St Peter’s Square on Sunday to receive Pope Francis’s blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment. Only a few dozen people went to the square, which was reopened on Monday along with St Peter’s Basilica following Read more

Houston parish closes again after priests test positive for coronavirus Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

Priests and brothers of the Redemptorist community who live and work at a Houston parish have tested positive for coronavirus, leading the parish to close after having reopened earlier this month. Five out of seven members of the Redemptorist community at Holy Ghost parish tested positive for COVID-19 this weekend, according to a statement from Read more

Vatican cautions Israel over West Bank annexation plan Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

The Holy See is concerned about an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex a large portion of land in the West Bank, said a Vatican statement. “The Holy See is following the situation closely and expresses concern about any future actions that could further compromise dialogue,” said the statement released May 20. The Vatican press office Read more

Mississippi church that refused to obey lockdown orders burned down Comments 0

Monday, May 25th, 2020

For some time, a Mississippi church has been defying government orders to keep lockdown rules in place in order to hold services as is its constitutional right to do so. However, one arsonist took it into his own hands to make churchgoers suffer for practicing said rights. According to Fox News, the Holly Springs church Read more

Laudato si’ encyclical’s anniversary celebrations start on Sunday Comments 0

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

The Vatican will launch a year-long celebration of Laudato si’ on Sunday, to mark Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment’s fifth anniversary. The “special Laudato si’ anniversary year” is an initiative of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. The Dicastery has organised events this week in the lead-up to the celebratory year, including several Read more