Pope shares survivor’s letter

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
survivors letter

A female survivor of abuse by a priest has written to seminarians imploring them to become good priests and to make sure the “bitter truth” always prevails. The letter, written in Italian, was sent to Pope Francis who requested it be made public with the author’s identity withheld. “Please, do not sweep things under the Read more

Catholic social teaching doesn’t have all the answers, says pope

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic social teaching has useful principles that can help people of any faith to improve the world, Pope Francis said in his message to the fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements. “The social teaching of the Church does not have all the answers, but it does have some principles that along this journey can help Read more

It enslaves women! Spain’s PM vows to outlaw prostitution

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is vowing to outlaw prostitution. Sanchez says the practice “enslaves” women. The unregulated prostitution industry was decriminalised in Spain in 1995. So long as paid sex services don’t take place in public places and the sex worker is offering their services of their own free will, no law is broken. Read more

Greatness comes from serving others, says Pope

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Jesus’s example shows us that greatness comes from serving others, Pope Francis says. Speaking to the crowd in St Peter’s Square after the Angelus on Sunday, Francis explained what he meant. Jesus opposes “worldly logic with his own: Instead of exalting yourself over others, get off your pedestal to serve them; instead of rising above Read more

30% of US congregations won’t survive the next 20 years

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
US congregations won't survive

A new, extensive multifaith study predicts that 30% of US religious congregations won’t survive the next 20 years due to a dramatic reduction in attendance. A survey of 15,278 congregations in 80 Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Ba’hai denominations found that large congregations continued to grow. In contrast, smaller congregations shrank in 2020, according to the Read more

Aftershocks of Covid-19 threaten to undo gains across Pacific says report

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Experts are warning that development gains across the Pacific region over the past 10 years could be undone due to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The aid organisation World Vision wants a once in a lifetime multi national effort to rebuild Pacific livelihoods that have been shattered by the pandemic. The Pacific Aftershock Report Read more

Assisted suicide counseling via Zoom an even worse idea, foes tell Scottish lawmakers

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Videophone evaluations are no way to assess someone for assisted suicide, critics have said, also warning that cost-based analyses which claim legal assisted suicide saves money show “callous indifference.” Some Scottish lawmakers are again advocating the legalization of assisted suicide and have now suggested that online consultations with doctors could help fulfil purported safeguard requirements. Read more

Vatican launches prayer website ‘to accompany’ synod on synodality

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

The Vatican on Tuesday launched a website and smartphone app to help Catholics pray for the success of the two-year process culminating in the 2023 synod on synodality. At, Catholics can find information in English, Spanish, and other languages about how to support the synod through prayer. “This website, together with the app Click Read more

Retired pope hopes to soon join friends in ‘The Afterlife’

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has said he hopes to soon join a beloved professor friend in “the afterlife,” in a sign that the 94-year-old pontiff is not only accepting his eventual death but welcoming it. Benedict penned an Oct 2 letter to a German priest, thanking him for letting him know of the passing of Read more

France’s bishops will now uphold confessional seal

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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In a quick turnaround from news reported last week, France’s bishops’ conference says it will uphold the confessional seal, regardless of what has been confessed. Last week it was widely reported that the conference would break the seal in abuse cases. “One cannot change the canon law for France as it is international. A priest Read more