Germany’s deadly floods prompt support from the Third World

Monday, July 26th, 2021
The Scotsman

The Germany’s deadly floods have prompted the countries it usually helps to offer their support. Officials say at least 171 people have died since the flooding began last week. Many more are injured and 155 are missing. Images of Germany’s flooded villages and towns have prompted international aid agencies to offer compassion and concern. Agencies Read more

Katherine Schwarzenegger talks of ‘amazing gift’ of Catholic ‘premarital counseling’

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Katherine Schwarzenegger-Pratt, daughter of the famous actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, says Catholic premarital counselling was instrumental in building the foundation of her marriage to Chris Pratt. The course is sometimes known as ‘pre-Cana’ after the story in the Gospels of the Marriage At Cana where Jesus turns water into wine. “Before we got married in the Read more

Vatican deficit: Spending up on struggling communities

Monday, July 26th, 2021
Vatican budget deficit

The Vatican has reported a Roman Curia budget deficit of €66.3 million (US$78 million) for the COVID-dominated year 2020. While most Vatican offices reduced costs, the Congregations for Eastern Churches and for Evangelization of Peoples significantly increased giving to struggling church communities. The Vatican said the coronavirus pandemic had a severe negative impact on the Read more

“Covid pass” for many venues, but not for Mass

Monday, July 26th, 2021
Italy France Covid pass

Italy and France have introduced a “Covid pass” requiring citizens to show they have been vaccinated before being admitted to most indoor venues. So far, both countries have excluded the need for passes to be shown before attending Mass! The Italian government rolled out new rules requiring citizens to present a ‘Green Pass’ to be Read more

Australian charities appeal to UN over advocacy bans

Monday, July 26th, 2021
Australian charities United Nations

A coalition of Australian charities has appealed to the United Nations after a row with the federal government over new regulations they say are a bid to silence them. A group of 12 charities have written to UN special rapporteurs warning they risk losing their tax-deductible donation status under new rules. Under the planned changes, Read more

Amazon synod: actions speak louder than words

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The Catholic Church in the Amazon region must implement the Amazon synod recommendations, says Brazilian Cardinal Claudio Hummes, president of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic in the two years since the synod, there have been many interviews, documents and meetings “to reflect and discern about ‘what we Read more

Pope’s September trip schedule shows no post-surgery slowdown

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Pope Francis will deliver more than 10 addresses and visit five cities in four days during a September trip to Hungary and Slovakia. It will be his first trip since major intestinal surgery – a schedule issued on Wednesday showed. The schedule for the Sept. 12-15 trip is as gruelling as for past travels, indicating Read more

Firm sued for religious discrimination in firing man over fingerprinting

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a Minnesota company, alleging discrimination by firing an employee who refused to be fingerprinted on the basis of his Christian faith. AscensionPoint Recovery Services, which manages debt recovery for creditors, did not look for a way to accommodate Henry Harrington’s religious beliefs before ending his employment, according Read more

Only the fully vaccinated can meet Pope Francis in Slovakia, says health minister

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Slovakia’s health minister announced on Tuesday that only those who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to participate in events when Pope Francis visits in September. The pope will visit four cities in Slovakia on Sept. 12-15, after travelling to Budapest in neighbouring Hungary to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. According Read more

Vatican concludes inquiry into Polish Catholic bishop

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The Vatican has concluded that sexual abuse accusations against a Polish Catholic bishop are “not proven.” In a July 23 statement, the apostolic nunciature in the Polish capital, Warsaw, disclosed that Bishop Jan Szkodoń was the subject of an administrative penal process after he was accused of sexual abuse of a minor. “After a thorough Read more