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Building bridges with remarried divorcees

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to build bridges with remarried divorcees who are Catholic. In the preface of a new Vatican document on preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony, he called for new “concrete” guidelines to be drafted. These would help those offering pastoral care to divorced and remarried Catholics, he said. The Read more

Interreligious cooperation to tackle threats to planet

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Interreligious cooperation and dialogue are needed more than ever while people and the planet are facing multiple threats, Pope Francis says. Speaking to a delegation of Buddhists from Thailand, he said “Sadly, on all sides, we hear the cry of a wounded humanity and a broken earth”. Inviting Buddhists to continue to work together with Read more

Criminal collared at Vatican

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Italian police, Sunday, opened fire at a car after it ploughed through a Vatican checkpoint. Reports say a BMW driver, identified as Erojol Nako, a 39-year Albanian male, initially drew attention to himself when asked to stop in the Pantheon, a pedestrian area. Fleeing at high speed through the streets of Rome Nako broke a Read more

Pope Francis: No Christian is exempt from aiding the poor

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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In his message for the 6th World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis said no Christian is exempt from aiding those who are poor. Francis called for members of civil society to uphold the values of freedom, responsibility, fraternity and solidarity, and for Christians always to make charity the basis of their lives and actions. Read more

Ukrainian archbishop pushes back on Francis’ war-cause comments

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has pushed back on Pope Francis’ comments that Russia was possibly provoked by NATO into invading Ukraine. “The gift of reason from the Holy Spirit is so necessary in today’s world so that the devil’s wiles do not deceive the human person,” said Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head Read more

Retired Belgian bishop says no to Pope’s offer of a red hat

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Retired Belgian Bishop Lucas van Looy of Ghent has asked Pope Francis to withdraw his nomination for appointment as a cardinal. Francis has agreed. The Belgian bishops’ conference issued a statement last week announcing the decision and thanking van Looy for making the request. The statement said the 80-year old van Looy’s appointment “provoked many Read more

Governance, place of women in French synod report

Monday, June 20th, 2022

The Catholic bishops of France have written “a cover letter” to the national synthesis of the diocesan phase of the Synod on synodality. They produced a text that was significantly revised at the last minute to include calls for reform that emerged during months of consultations with the laity. The bishops approved the text during Read more

Most Irish Catholics want ordination of women and marriage for priests

Monday, June 20th, 2022

The great majority of practising Irish Catholics favour the ordination of women, marriage for priests who want it, greater roles for divorced and remarried people or couples and single parents, and more respect for LGBTQI+ people. They also want better-prepared, shorter sermons and the removal of bloodthirsty Old Testament readings from Masses and other liturgies, Read more

FBI investigates rising attacks on pro-life centres, churches

Monday, June 20th, 2022

The FBI confirmed on Friday it is investigating attacks on pro-life pregnancy centres and churches, and episodes of violence and vandalism that surged after the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade. “The FBI is investigating a series of attacks and threats targeting pregnancy resource centres and faith-based organisations Read more

Theologians must find new ways to express, share the faith, pope says

Monday, June 20th, 2022

The Catholic Church needs theologians who know how to transmit the truths of faith in a way that will speak to people today, help them live the faith in their daily lives and inspire them to share the Gospel with others, Pope Francis wrote. “The community needs the work of those who attempt to interpret Read more