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‘Nones’ and spiritual seekers represent opportunity

Monday, February 26th, 2024
Monsignor Tomáš Halík

Monsignor Tomáš Halík, a prominent Czech theologian, has emphasised the importance of taking seriously those who report having no religious affiliation (‘nones’) and spiritual seekers. Halik recently visited Sydney and addressed various Catholic audiences, including educators, parish leaders and youth. He stressed that ‘nones’ and spiritual seekers are a growing demographic in Australia and other Read more

Modern missionaries urged to embrace internet

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Modern-day missionaries are being urged to embrace the internet as a crucial mission frontier for engaging with the modern world. People aren’t flocking to churches, but they are on their devices. And that’s where the message needs to be delivered, José Manuel De Urquidi told NCR Vatican correspondent Christopher White. Urquidi is the founder of Read more

Strong Church anti-abuse protocols need improving

Monday, February 26th, 2024
anti-abuse protocols

The Church’s strong anti-abuse protocols are enshrined in law says Jesuit priest Hans Zollner, but they are not being universally applied. “More broadly, the norms adopted by Rome indicate the right direction, but we currently have no mechanism to monitor their implementation.” Zollner, director of the Institute of Anthropology at Rome’s Gregorian University, believes the Read more

Bishop Christopher Saunders granted bail on sex offence charges

Monday, February 26th, 2024
Bishop Christopher Saunders

Christopher Saunders, a 74-year-old retired former Catholic bishop of Broome, appeared in the Broome Magistrates court on Thursday facing multiple charges. The BBC reports he has been charged with rape and a string of historical sexual offences, some against children. Saunders pleaded not guilty to all charges. He was granted bail. Saunders will appear again Read more

Digital pilgrims invited to experience sacred spaces

Monday, February 26th, 2024
sacred spaces

The Vatican has unveiled a new digital initiative to engage young people in the spiritual richness of Rome’s historic sacred spaces – the papal basilicas. Through a website and podcast, the Vatican hopes to draw in a new generation of “digital pilgrims” to experience the sacred spaces virtually. The website From Tourist to Pilgrim is Read more

Cardinal Hollerich: More vocations possible for priests through marriage

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Jean-Claude Hollerich, Cardinal of Luxembourg and member of the Council of Cardinals, has spoken out in favour of the possibility of marriage for priests. “There are people who find it difficult to live a celibate life. If you gave them the choice, you could attract a few more to the priesthood,” Hollerich told the Luxembourg Read more

Russian Catholics stage ‘quiet commemorations’ for deceased dissident Navalny

Monday, February 26th, 2024

A senior Russian Catholic has urged church leaders abroad to commemorate the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, as armed police dispersed citizens mourning his death at age 47 in a remote prison camp. “When I heard he was dead, I recalled the words of St Luke’s Gospel, ‘Now, Master, you may let your servant go in Read more

Cardinal Dolan: ‘We don’t do FBI checks on people who want to be buried’

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Priests at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City were surprised by the “irreverence and disrespect” that occurred during a funeral for a transgender activist last week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in his first public comments on it. “We didn’t know the background. We don’t do FBI checks on people who want to be buried,” Read more

Catholic university installs crucifixion artwork by imprisoned Catholic Activist Jimmy Lai

Monday, February 26th, 2024

The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, has installed a drawing of the Crucifixion by imprisoned Hong Kong Catholic and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai. Father Robert Sirico, a supporter and friend of Lai’s, said during the installation ceremony on Thursday that the sketch is a testimony “not just of Jimmy’s struggle but the Read more

German bishops pause Synodal Council plans following Vatican intervention

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024
Synodal Council

German bishops have postponed a crucial vote on establishing a Synodal Council following a request from the Vatican. The council was intended to be a mixed body of laity and bishops governing the Church in Germany. It was scheduled for discussion during a February 19–22 plenary assembly in Augsburg. Matthias Kopp, spokesperson for the German Read more