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L’Arche founder Jean Vanier accused of sex abuse Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

L’Arche founder Jean Vanier has been accused of sexual misconduct. The allegations follow months of investigation into the man praised by popes and politicians for his humanitarian work in establishing a global network of institutions serving adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. The accusations involve six women of various “ages, geographic origin and status – Read more

Teen beatified, others canonised, martyred, heroically virtuous Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

A teen has been beatified, a martyr and a missionary will be canonised, a priest and two lay companions recognised as martyrs and three priests’ and an engineer’s heroic virtues as Servants of God have been approved. Venerable Carlo Acutis The teenager, computer geek and leukemia victim will be beatified. The Medical Council of the Read more

Coronavirus: Catholics told not to touch Cross on Good Friday Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Coronavirus concerns are seeing Catholics being told not to touch or kiss the Cross during veneration on Good Friday. In the Philippines, updated liturgical guidelines issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and posted on Twitter step up the precautionary measures the Conference announced in January. With the addition of the latest decree – that during Read more

Australian bishops’ conference head in Rome before plenary council Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

The head of the Australian bishops’ conference, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, is in Rome for high-level discussions before the Church in Australia’s first plenary council since Vatican II. The plenary council is set to begin in Adelaide October. During his two-week trip to Rome, Coleridge will meet with senior curial figures and Pope Francis. They will Read more

Pius XII’s wartime archives on Holocaust opening Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Pope Pius XII’s wartime archives will be opened, the Vatican has announced. This will enable scholars to probe accusations that Pius turned a blind eye to the Holocaust. They will find he helped Jews behind the scenes, Holy See officials say. “I don’t think you will find a smoking gun,” Father Norbert Hofmann, the top Read more

Mass walk-out of students at Catholic school after gay teachers quit Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Hundreds of students staged a mass walk-out of a Catholic school after two gay teachers resigned because of their sexuality. The teachers from Kennedy Catholic High in Seattle both quit after getting engaged to their same-sex partners. After the news broke to the students, hundreds of them caused havoc by blocking corridors, protesting and staging Read more

Abuse survivors seek more progress a year after papal summit Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St. Peter’s Square. They were among the victims of violent sexual abuse by Read more

Peter’s Pence: The money of the poor has not been used for speculation Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the Holy See’s former Deputy Secretary of State (Sostituto), has strongly denied any misappropriation of funds from the Peter’s Pence collection, currently under investigation by the Vatican judiciary. The Sardinian cardinal, who is now prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, was questioned about the investigation on Feb. 17 at Read more

Vatican diplomatic corps must first work as missionaries Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Vatican diplomatic corps members should first spend a year in ministry or as missionaries, Pope Francis has announced. Francis’s announcement approved a written suggestion made at the recent synod for the Amazon which asked for the current curriculum for trainee diplomats to change. Instead of doing an internship at the nunciature as happens now, trainees Read more

Swiss cathedral’s first Catholic Mass since 1535 Comments 0

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

A Swiss cathedral’s first Catholic mass in nearly five hundred years will be celebrated at a cathedral in Geneva at the end of this month. The mass will be celebrated at Saint-Pierre de Genève Cathedral on 29 February. The last Mass celebrated at the cathedral took place in 1535. After the Reformation, it was taken Read more