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Pope jokes a shot of tequila will help with knee pain

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
Pope tequila knee pain

Pope Francis joked with a group of seminarians that a shot of tequila would help soothe the knee pain that has been troubling him for months. Francis was riding in the popemobile in St Peter’s Square when he stopped near a group from the Legion of Christ. The seminarians asked the pope how his knee Read more

European Union all talk in helping refugees

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
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A Polish bishop is accusing the European Union (EU) of being ‘all talk’. With Poland in the middle of a huge refugee crisis, Bishop Krzysztof Zadarko is asking “where’s the support?” Millions of Ukrainian refugees have been pouring across Poland’s border since the 24 February Russian invasion. There’s been no support at all from the Read more

Attack during Palestinian-Christian journalist’s funeral condemned

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
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Christian and political leaders have spoken of their shock at Israeli police’s attack on mourners during a Palestinian-Christian journalist’s funeral. Thousands of people were following the funeral in East Jerusalem last Friday when police charged, attacking mourners with various weapons. Those carrying Al Jazeera television reporter Shereen Abu Aqleh’s coffin almost dropped it during the Read more

Indigenous leaders call for Queen to apologise

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
Call for Queen to apologise

The president of the Métis National Council made a call for the Queen to apologise for the Canadian residential school crisis in order to help survivors and their families heal. Cassidy Caron (pictured) says residential school survivors told her that an apology from the Queen would be important since she is the leader of the Read more

Mercy Sister says justice key to ensuring peace in Cambodia

Thursday, May 19th, 2022
Justice key to peace in Cambodia

Justice is the key to ensuring lasting peace in Cambodia according to a Catholic nun discussing the trial of Khmer Rouge leaders. “In order to promote reconciliation, peace and justice, we had to be on both sides of the border and make friends with Cambodians from all warring factions,” said Denise Coghlan, a member of Read more

Holiness is many small acts of daily love

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Holiness is open to everyone and does not consist of a few heroic gestures but of many small acts of daily love, Pope Francis told 45,000 people gathered at the Vatican last week. The reason for the massive outdoor gathering was the pope’s official proclamation of 10 new saints. It was the Catholic Church’s first Read more

Pope Francis changes rules for major superiors of religious orders

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Pope Francis has changed the Church’s regulations to allow religious brothers who are not priests to lead their religious communities with Vatican permission. In a “rescriptum ex audientia” issued May 18, the pope said that the Vatican congregation overseeing religious orders can, in individual cases and at its own discretion, grant permission for non-priest religious Read more

Brazil’s Catholic bishops raise their voices against mining on indigenous land

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

As the ecological crisis in Brazil continues to get worse, the country’s Roman Catholic bishops have become more vocal about its causes, denouncing collaboration between government officials and corporations to carry out destructive mining projects in areas occupied by indigenous peoples. On May 5, Bishop José Ionilton Lisboa de Oliveira of Itacoatiara in Amazonas state, Read more

Caritas has assisted more than 1.2 million people in Ukraine

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

Facing the trauma of conflict requires love and hope, and Caritas has been hard at work sharing this “medicine” with everyone, said the director of Caritas-Spes. The war will not end with just a peace agreement, said Pallottine Father Vyacheslav Grynevych, director of the charitable arm of the Latin-rite Catholic dioceses in Ukraine. “The war Read more

King and Queen of Jordan given Path to Peace Award

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan were awarded the 2022 Path to Peace Award for their role in promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue. The monarch of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the “protector” of the Islamic and Christian Holy Places in Jerusalem has worked with much determination so that Christians and Muslims Read more