Pope’s Minister of Charity reportedly resigns

Monday, December 20th, 2021
peter turkson

Cardinal Peter Turkson, who is considered one of Pope Francis’ top allies on humanitarian issues such as migrants and the environment, has reportedly resigned as prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD), an office he’s led since 2016. Several Vatican sources confirmed reports of the cardinal’s resignation, which first appeared Thursday evening Read more

Pope Francis approves further restrictions on Latin Mass

Monday, December 20th, 2021
Latin Mass

Pope Francis has approved further clarifications regarding restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass in an effort to ensure that liturgical reform is “irreversible” and that liturgical celebrations adhere to the changes made after the Second Vatican Council. The clarifications, published Dec. 18, ban priestly ordinations and confirmations in the old rite and limit the frequency Read more

Former Parish Archbishop to sue for defamation

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

Michel Aupetit, recently relieved of his duties as Archbishop of Paris by the pope, has indicated that he plans to sue a popular French magazine that published insinuating photos it secretly took of him and a young woman. The 70-year-old archbishop said this week that his attorney is drawing up papers to sue the weekly Read more

Pope: gossip the reason for Paris archbishop’s resignation

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Pope questioned over resignation

Questions are being asked over the speed at which Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Paris, Michel Aupetit. The unusually rapid acceptance has prompted speculation there is more to the issue than has been confirmed. Reporters on the pope’s flight from Greece to Rome asked the pope why he accepted the resignation Read more

Myanmar nun named one of 100 most influential women

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Myanmar nun influential women

The BBC has named a Catholic nun from Myanmar among Nobel laureates, politicians and professors as one of the 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2021. Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng became a symbol of Myanmar’s nationwide protests against a military takeover when, in March,  she knelt in front of armed Read more

Pope cautions over ‘interpretation’ of sexual abuse report

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
The Times of Israel

Pope Francis is urging people to be cautious in the way they interpret the report released in October about child sexual abuse by French Catholic clergy. The “historical situation” must be interpreted by the standards of the time, Francis says. The October report from an independent commission of inquiry confirmed extensive sexual abuse of minors Read more

Ghanaian bishops ignore pope over LGBTQ+ rights

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Ghanaian bishops LGBTQ+ rights

The Ghanaian Catholic Bishops Conference have ignored Pope Francis by publicly supporting a draconian bill making its way through parliament that broadly targets LGBTQ+ rights. The Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values Bill states, “homosexual practices [should be made] illegal in Ghana”. The bill purports to criminalize many LGBTQ+ basic freedoms Read more

Procedural norms updated for crimes judged by doctrinal office

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Simply Catholic

The pope has updated the Church’s procedural norms for dealing with delicts – serious crimes such as schism, sacramental desecration and abuse of minors. On Tuesday, Pope Francis publicised adaptations to the “Norms on the delicts reserved for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith”. The following day on 8 December (the feast of Read more

Scientists use stem cells to create models of pre-embryos

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Scientists are using human stem cells to create a structure that mimics a pre-embryo and can serve as a research alternative to a real one. They say these “blastoids” provide an efficient, ethical way to study human development and pursue biomedical discoveries in fertility and contraception. The latest effort was detailed Thursday in the journal Read more

Pope: New meeting with Russian Orthodox patriarch possible

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

Pope Francis said Monday there were plans for a possible second meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, after their historic 2016 encounter in Cuba became a landmark in mending relations severed by the 1,000-year-old schism that divided Christianity. Francis said he planned to meet next week with the Russian church’s foreign envoy Read more