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Beatitudes for bishops; a model for today’s pastor

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Catholic Outlook

At the beginning of an Italian bishops’ conference plenary session, Pope Francis gave each a copy of a text called “The Beatitudes of the Bishop”. Originally written by the archbishop of Naples for his homily when ordaining three bishops last month, the eight “beatitudes of the bishop” loosely correspond with those spoken by Jesus in Read more

Book lifts veil on abuse in women’s religious communities

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

In his new book, “Il Velo del Silenzio” (“Veil of Silence”) Italian journalist and author Salvatore Cernuzio writes of meeting a childhood friend who had joined a cloistered community of nuns. Ten years later, a “tribunal” of older sisters decided she did not have a vocation and sent her packing. Just days earlier, Jesuit Father Read more

Austrian bishops discourage sacraments during lockdown

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Austrian Catholics discourage sacraments

The Austrian Catholic bishops’ conference are discouraging Catholics from celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation, and Marriage during the national lockdown. Bishop Anton Leichtfried, the conference’s liturgy chair, said: “These celebrations are now to be postponed as much as possible in the interest of fellow celebrants.” The bishops also clarified rules for attending Read more

Church has “utterly gambled away” people’s trust

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Catholic church gambled trust

German Bishop Heiner Wilmer has claimed that the Catholic Church “utterly gambled away” people’s trust in the institution by the way it has mishandled the clergy sex abuse crisis. “Protecting the institution and the perpetrators was always the most important factor for the Church. (Protecting) the victims, on the other hand, simply did not occur,” Read more

“I’m being treated like a criminal” for speaking out against antisemitism

Thursday, November 25th, 2021
Polish Catholic priest

A Polish Catholic priest faces a disciplinary hearing at one of Poland’s leading universities for his comments attacking a colleague who promoted the infamous anti-Semitic “blood libel.” Fr Alfred Wierzbicki, a professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, will appear before a university disciplinary committee on Friday. He will answer the allegation Read more

Economic problems spark rise in Thai suicide rate

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

The suicide rate in Thailand, especially among teenagers, is on the rise, with experts attributing it to increased stress and despondency fueled by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and resultant economic problems. According to data from last year, the nationwide suicide rate has risen to 7.37 per 100,000 people from 6.64 the year before. Among Thai Read more

Bishop mandates jab for Townsville Diocese workers

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Townsville Bishop Tim Harris has mandated all Townsville Diocese agency employees and volunteers, excluding staff of Townsville Catholic Education schools and colleges, be vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 17. “The safety and protection of our parishioners, employees and volunteers continues to be a high priority. We’ve seen witness to this over the past 18 months Read more

Ireland: Archbishop Martin launches digital Advent Calendar

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

Archbishop Eamon Martin has launched the 2021 interactive digital Advent Calendar, which will go live on on the first Sunday of Advent, 28 November. Now in its eighth year, the unique digital Advent Calendar offers resources for the parish, school and for families which can be accessed behind a virtual door each day during the Read more

Classmates support student after Catholic priest has her remove gay pride shirt

Thursday, November 25th, 2021

For the 12-year-old student at St Francis of Assisi School, wearing a favorite old tee shirt with a gay pride message on “Dress Down Day” was nothing new. She had worn it before on relaxed-dress-code days with no problem, she told The Brew. But this past Friday, at the end of the mass that she Read more

Young people make short films about hope; huge response

Monday, November 22nd, 2021
Salesian Institutions of Higher Education

The theme “Moved by Hope” inspired hundreds of short film submissions from young people from across the world to a new Catholic-run international film festival. The festival strives to embrace, encourage and empower every young person to become the voice of hope and solidarity. “You, young people, are the architects of the future, signs of Read more