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Dialogue and mercy at the heart of theological development Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Theological development comes through dialogue, Pope Francis said in a speech at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples. He also identified an aggressive defence of doctrine as unhelpful as it seeks to impose its beliefs on others. Fidelity to the Gospel “implies a style of life and of proclamation without a spirit Read more

Pope tackles bullying Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Pope Francis highlighted the problem of bullying in a recent message to young people. Francis said bullying is an issue that concerns him. He made the comments to participants in the online conference #StopcyberbullyingDay. Francis called on participants to find their own identity but not at the expense of others. “An issue that concerns me Read more

Blood donations mark Cardinal’s birthday Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Church workers in the Archdiocese of Manilla, Philippines donated their blood on the occasion of Cardinal Tagle’s 62nd birthday. It was nothing new, said Rowena Ranola, 58, who works with the archdiocese’s Persons with Disability Ministry. It was Ranola’s fifth time donating blood at what has become an annual drive to celebrate the cardinal’s birthday. Read more

Death threats may force Pell into hiding Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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A stream of death threats is causing grave concern over the well-being of Cardinal George Pell. Pell, who is now waiting for a ruling on his appeal, may need to take refuge in a secure compound should his conviction be overturned. The Daily Mail reports that while supporters of Pell are not making any assumptions Read more

UK Cardinal more concerned about Church image than victims Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, stands accused of putting the Church’s reputation ahead victims of child sex abuse. The accusation, 20 June, came in a government inquiry report. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded that children could have been saved had the Catholic Church not “repeatedly failed” to alert the police Read more

Nun honoured during human trafficking report presentation Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

An Italian nun who has spent most of her ministry working to rescue people from human trafficking from Myanmar to the United States was recognized by the United States’ Secretary of State as a “hero” for her work. Sister Gabriella Bottani was honored on Thursday, during a ceremony introducing the 2019 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Read more

Campus mission bell removed over concern it is a racist symbol Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The University of California, Santa Cruz has taken down a cast-iron bell that memorialized Catholic missions in the state after a Native American group argued it was a symbol of racism and oppression. School employees removed the bell from its spot outside the Hahn Student Services Building during a ceremony Friday. The school decided to Read more

Eritrea closes all Catholic-run health facilities Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Catholic Church is accusing the Eritrean government of shutting down all Catholic-run health care facilities, leaving thousands without access to medical care. The Eritrean Catholic Church sent a letter to the ministry of health condemning the closure of its health centers in the East African nation, the BBC reports, as crackdowns against Christianity and Read more

Priest on trial: accused of breaking confession seal Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The ecclesiastical trial for an Italian priest accused of breaking the seal of confession has begun. Orazio Caputoto is accused of informing members of a controversial lay group Catholic Culture and Environment Association (ACCA) of a police investigation into their leader for sexually abusing minors. If Caputo is found guilty of breaking the confessional seal, Read more

New law bans religious symbols Comments 0

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Quebec’s bishops fear a new law banning religious symbols in the public sector will ‘nourish fear and intolerance’ rather than contribute to social peace. The new law (formerly known as Bill 21) prohibits some government employees, including public school teachers, state lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols or clothing. However, the religious Read more