World

Church-going schoolchildren bullied for being ‘old fashioned’

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
Catholic schoolchildren bullied

Teachers from schools across Ireland are concerned that Catholic schoolchildren are being bullied for practicing their religion as they appear ‘old fashioned’ or ‘out of the mainstream culture’. Most schools in Ireland are Catholic schools, and close to 80% of the population describe their religion as Catholic according to the 2016 Census. Yet, a growing number Read more

Caritas’ solidarity walking campaign makes strides

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
Caritas Interationalis Share the Journey

In four years participants in a Caritas campaign have logged about 600,000km in symbolic solidarity walks with migrants and refugees. The global “Share the Journey” campaign aims to build “bridges of hope between islands separated by fear,” says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis. Although the campaign has formally ended, its message continues. Read more

Vatican rejects nun’s final appeal over dismissal

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
The Alike

Catholic nun Lucy Kalapura (pictured), who made world headlines over a bishop alleged to have raped a nun, has had her final appeal for dismissal from her order rejected. After the Catholic Church’s highest judicial authority, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, rejected her appeal, Kalapura was told to vacate her convent in Kerala, Read more

Lourdes shrine to reopen with innovations to attract pilgrims

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
Lourdes shrine to reopen

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France is about to reopen with several innovations to attract pilgrims. After many months of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities at the famous Marian shrine say it is imperative to attract as many visitors as possible. That is one of the aims of the Read more

Boston gets first Vietnamese parish

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
Boston Vietnamese parish

Vietnamese Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston can now celebrate the Eucharist in their native tongue with the establishment of the archdiocese’s first Vietnamese parish. About 600 faithful filled Saint Clement Church in Medford for what auxiliary Bishop Mark O’Connell of Boston said felt like “a big celebration” with a big choir, drums and dancing. Read more

G7 leaders’ vaccine pledge is a moral failure

Thursday, June 17th, 2021
Sky News

The G7 leaders’ vaccine pledge – to fund one billion COVID vaccines falls “far short” of what is needed. It represents a “moral failure”, Britain’s former Prime Minister Gordon Brown says. His comments were made on Sunday when he was delivering the Methodist Justice Lecture online. “The G7 summit was one venue where, with the Read more

Jury awards $15 million over embryos, eggs destroyed in fertility clinic

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

The devastating news landed in the inboxes of the fertility clinic patients early one morning in March 2018. A tank storing frozen human embryos and eggs at Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco had failed, potentially destroying the precious cells that scores of people hoped would one day bring them biological children. Some might still Read more

Cornish churchgoers ‘gobsmacked’ as Bidens join them for Sunday service

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

Churchgoers in Cornwall have said they were left “gobsmacked” after Joe Biden, the US president, and his wife Jill Biden were spotted at Sunday service. The couple attended a small Catholic church in St Ives in the morning of the final day of the G7 summit. One parishioner, known only as Margaret, said it was Read more

The Catholic Church wants air time in Zimbabwe. But the government is (still) saying no.

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

The Catholic Church in Zimbabwe has for years lobbied the government to ease stringent broadcasting laws and reduce steep licensing fees that have denied private players and local voices entry into radio and television media. While Zimbabwe’s broadcasting authorities on numerous occasions made commitments to liberalize national media, those concessions have not been extended to Read more

British PM ducks reporter’s ‘Catholic question,’ blasts atheist Labor rival as ‘a fool’

Thursday, June 17th, 2021

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson — recently married to longtime girlfriend Carrie Symonds in a Catholic ceremony — ducked a reporter’s question about his religion. At the same time, he branded Labor Party rival Keith Starmer, an atheist, as “a fool” for not believing in God. Asked by ITV political editor Robert Peston whether Mr. Read more