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Putin draws Jesus parallel in advocating ‘traditional values’

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
Traditional values

Russian President Vladimir Putin has likened himself to Jesus Christ as he explained his mission to uphold ‘traditional values’ to children. In a video call to mark the opening of children’s centres near Moscow, he was heard speaking in overtly religious terms about the need to shape the worldview of young Russians. Putin emphasised the Read more

Influential group wants qualified lay people to preach at Mass

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
Laypeople

A worldwide group of 27 theologians and preachers urged the Catholic Church to consider allowing qualified laypeople to deliver homilies during Mass. The group submitted their proposal during a synodal symposium titled “The Pastoral Charge for Lay Catholic Eucharistic Preaching in the Catholic Church”. The theologians believe that incorporating qualified lay leaders into preaching aligns Read more

Court condemns Papabile Cardinal for ‘infamous’ dismissal of French nun

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
Cardinal Ouellet

A civil court in Lorient, France, has ruled against Cardinal Ouellet (pictured) and the Dominicans of the Holy Spirit, holding them responsible for the unjust expulsion of a religious sister from her community. The court found that Cardinal Marc Ouellet dismissed Mother Marie Ferréol from her religious house in Brittany without sufficient cause. Ferréol, who Read more

Surrogacy and gender-affirming surgery are wrong says new Vatican doc.

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
Surrogacy

Surrogacy and gender-affirming surgery are two ethical issues discussed in a new Vatican document, “Infinite Dignity.” Some Catholics support Infinite Dignity’s message. Others are dismayed. Surrogate born woman against “womb renting” A woman born in 1991 via a surrogate mother, who is now a leading campaigner for the abolition of “womb renting”, is of a Read more

Adult Catholic converts cite spiritual restlessness

Thursday, April 11th, 2024
spiritual restlessness

“Spiritual restlessness” is driving adults to join the Catholic Church – according to new research findings. The Diocese of East Anglia’s New Evangelisation Commission study “Why Adults Become Catholics” found the spiritual restlessness focus was tightly targeted. Study participants report a specifically spiritual restlessness, rather than a sense of “general unease with their lives”. The Read more

Holocaust Survivor Speakers Bureau launched to fight antisemitism

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

More than 250 Holocaust survivors have joined an international initiative to share their stories of loss and survival with students around the world during a time of rising antisemitism following the Oct 7 Hamas attack on Israel that triggered the war in the Gaza Strip. The Survivor Speakers Bureau was launched Thursday by the New Read more

New complaints of abuse by Father Rupnik presented to Vatican

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Five new complaints of alleged abuse committed by Father Marko Rupnik have been presented to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, where an investigation into the case is being carried out after Pope Francis decided to lift the statute of limitations. The new cases mark the latest development in the case Read more

Vatican’s top diplomat visits Vietnam, looks to normalise relations

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

The Vatican’s top diplomat began a six-day visit to Vietnam on Tuesday as part of efforts to normalise relations with the communist nation. Richard Gallagher, the Holy See’s foreign minister, met his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son and expressed the Vatican’s “gratitude” for the progress that has been made to improve ties. The visit occurred Read more

After protest from Catholics, blasphemous potato chip ad ordered pulled in Italy

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

An Italian Catholic watchdog group says a blasphemous ad featuring a priest consecrating potato chips in place of Eucharistic hosts has been ordered pulled from the airwaves. The Italian Association of Radio and Television Listeners (Associazione Italiana Ascoltatori Radio e Televisione, AIART) on Monday had called for the immediate suspension of an advertisement by the Read more

Biden labelled a ‘Cafeteria Catholic’

Monday, April 8th, 2024
Cafeteria Catholic

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington DC has suggested that President Joe Biden exhibits characteristics of a ‘Cafeteria Catholic’, selectively embracing aspects of the faith while disregarding others. Speaking on Face the Nation, Gregory expressed his view on Biden’s faith, acknowledging sincerity but highlighting inconsistencies. “I would say that he’s very sincere about Read more