Washington Cardinal will allow Biden Holy Communion Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Cardinal-designate Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington, says he wants to collaborate where possible with the Biden administration. At the same time, he says he’ll also respectfully point out situations where President-elect Joe Biden’s policies diverge from Catholic teaching. “I have always seen myself as someone who is charged with being in dialogue and in conversation, Read more

State’s only all-Vietnamese Catholic parish celebrates 20 years Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

A Catholic Vietnamese community in the small Mississippi city of Biloxi has just celebrated the first 20 years of having its own church in its own parish. The Vietnamese Martyrs Church is the state’s only all-Vietnamese Catholic parish. Last Sunday hundreds gathered for celebrations at the church, filling a building that has always been a Read more

Prayer apps: user data not secure Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Religious apps not secure data has been ‘leaked’ without owners’ knowledge and Muslim Pro prayer app location data has been on-sold to companies who passed the information to U.S. military contractors, separate reports say. An investigation published by Vice News found that Muslim Pro was among hundreds of smartphone apps that have been providing their users’ location data Read more

Dutch doctors to sedate ‘agitated’ euthanasia patients Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Dutch euthanasia

Dutch doctors are now permitted to sedate euthanasia patients if there is a chance they could “become agitated” as a doctor prepares to end their life. The policy was updated by the Euthanasia Review Committee and applies to patients who have dementia or a similar condition. The revised policies state that for dementia patients “it Read more

Chinese hackers impersonate Catholic news outlets for gain Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
Vatican internet security

Chinese hackers are again suspected of exposing Vatican internet security. Cyberscoop reports hackers posed as journalists in order to gain an advantage for China in negotiations with the Holy See. Researchers at the security firm Recorded Future first identified hackers affiliated with a group called Mustang Panda in July. The hacker group was conducting Read more

Ardern an example of a successful leader Pope says Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020
female leaders

In his new book Let Us Dream, Pope Francis recognises the success of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in managing the COVID-19 pandemic. “The countries with women as presidents or prime ministers have on the whole reacted better and more quickly than others, making decisions swiftly and communicating them with empathy,” he says. By way of Read more

Berlin ‘House of One’ promotes ecumenism between Christians, Muslims and Jews Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

According to the leaders of the ‘House of One’ project, the aim is to “make tangible that religions can be an asset – putting a model of a peaceful coexistence opposed to all atrocities committed in the name of religion.” The ecumenical project has not only received the support from personal donors and private companies Read more

China slams Pope Francis over remark on Uighur minority in book Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

China has criticised Pope Francis over a passage in his new book in which he mentions the suffering of China’s Uighur Muslim minority group, saying his remarks have “no factual basis at all.” “People of all ethnic groups enjoy the full rights of survival, development, and freedom of religious belief,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Read more

Catholic charity heads call for end to child poverty Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Heads of Catholic charities in England and Wales have called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to extend welfare benefits, to avoid a sharp rise in child poverty in early 2021. In a joint letter to Rishi Sunak, the 22 leaders in the Caritas Social Action Network in England and Wales argue that the £20 Read more

Vatican butler who stole former pope’s private papers dies aged 54 Comments 0

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Paolo Gabriele, the Vatican butler who was convicted of stealing and leaking Pope Benedict XVI’s private papers in 2012, has died aged 54. Vatican News, the Holy See’s media portal, said Mr Gabriele died on Tuesday after a long, undisclosed illness. Mr Gabriele’s case kicked off the first of two Vatileaks scandals, exposing the internal Read more