Brazilian priest faces canonical proceedings for alleged schismatic acts

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
canonical proceedings

Ignoring restrictions on the use of the Latin Mass and making schismatic statements means a Brazilian priest faces canonical proceedings. The Archbishop of São Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Scherer, issued a decree on November 23 stripping Fr Fábio Fernandes of his public ministry and removing him as pastor from Our Lady of Sorrows Church in São Read more

Experts dismiss report AI could replace priests

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
AI could replace priests

Fr Alban McCoy OFMConv. is contesting the notion that AI could replace priests. McCoy, an editorial consultant at The Tablet, says the depth of the priestly role is beyond mere preaching. “To say that AI will replace priests suggests a very truncated, post-reformation and secularist view of what priests are and what they’re for, implying Read more

Catholic nuns take aim at Smith & Wesson’s assault rifles

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
assault rifles

Assault rifles, mass shootings and Catholic nuns aren’t usually linked – but in the US nuns are suing Smith & Wesson’s directors over its AR-15 assault rifle production. Their aim is to try to force the firearms manufacturer to stop making, marketing and selling assault-style rifles many US killers use in mass shootings. The nuns’ Read more

Climate activists disrupt Mass in Turin

Thursday, December 7th, 2023
Extinction Rebellion

Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion disrupted a Mass in Italy over the weekend, interrupting the ceremony at the Turin Cathedral. Demonstrators, citing Pope Francis’ environmental writings, took the floor during the service led by Archbishop Roberto Repole. Extinction Rebellion characterises itself as a nonpartisan movement. The group employs nonviolent methods to push for government action Read more

Climate change is a religious problem, COP28 told

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

In a message to COP28 (Conference of Parties), Pope Francis stressed religious leaders’ responsibility for caring for the planet. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin read the message on Francis’s behalf on Sunday at the COP28 Faith Pavilion. He passed on Francis’s thanks to those in the new Pavilion. They included the Grand Imam of Read more

Argentina`s President-elect Javier Milei to convert from Catholicism to Judaism

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Argentina`s President-elect Javier Milei has decided to convert from Catholicism to Judaism, Azernews reports, citing foreign media outlets. According to the agency, the Argentine leader took part in a Jewish service in Buenos Aires on November 25, where he received a blessing from a rabbi. Upon arrival in New York on November 27, Milei went Read more

Myanmar villagers find 18 burnt bodies after junta raid

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Villagers uncovered 18 charred bodies after junta forces burned homes in a village in central Myanmar, residents and defence forces told Radio Free Asia. Junta soldiers and the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia attacked a village in Monywa township on Saturday morning. Roughly 80 soldiers stationed nearby stormed Kya Paing village and began torching houses, Read more

Using lead to restore Notre-Dame de Paris roof a big mistake, says professor

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Judith Rainhorn, a historian specialising in the history of lead pollution, has criticised officials in charge of renovating the fire-damaged Notre-Dame de Paris for using lead, a highly toxic metal, for the world-famous cathedral’s new roof. “In this day and age, there are so many possible techniques and materials that we could obviously have found Read more

Mexican presidential hopeful pledges to eliminate gender ideology from schools

Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Eduardo Verástegui, filmmaker and aspiring presidential candidate in Mexico published a “manifesto” against gender ideology, pledging to eliminate gender ideology indoctrination from schools if he is elected president of the nation. Verástegui, producer of the box office hit “Sound of Freedom,” which exposes child sex trafficking, must gather almost 1 million signatures by early January Read more

Henry Kissinger: advisor to presidents and popes

Monday, December 4th, 2023
Henry Kissinger

Henry Kissinger, the renowned American diplomat who passed away on November 29 at the age of 100, proved to be a counsellor to presidents and a confidant to popes. Spanning multiple decades and contentious geopolitical eras, Kissinger’s interactions with the Vatican reveal a tapestry of discussions and alliances. In a notable instance in 1975, Kissinger Read more