Same-sex civil unions supported by Pope Francis Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
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Pope Francis has again indicated support for same-sex civil unions. His most recent comments were made in “Francesco,” a new documentary on his life and ministry. The film premiered Oct. 21 as part of the Rome Film Festival. In the film, Francis says that “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. Read more

History teacher’s murder by Islamist group prompts rapid response from Paris Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

France’s president Emmanuel Macron says a teacher’s murder last week was the work of domestic militant Islamist group. The murdered teacher, Samuel Paty, had discussed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed with his class earlier this month. After the murder, 16 people were initially detained, by police. They included members of the killer’s family and five Read more

Australia’s financial watchdog searches for anti-Pell Vatican money Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

The Australian Federal Police is looking for evidence that money transfers from the Vactican came to Australia in an attempt to influence the case against Cardinal George Pell. AUSTRAC, the Australian Government agency responsible for detecting, deterring and disrupting criminal abuse of the financial system to protect the community from serious and organised crime is Read more

Religion contributes $67.5 billion to Canadian economy Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
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A Canadian study has calculated religion contributes $67.5 billion a year to the country’s economy. The study by the think tank Cardus set out to measure the economic impact of all organized religion in the country. It is the first study of its type in Canada. It calculated the annual revenues of every single church, Read more

Brexit Bill could undermine peace in Northern Ireland Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Leaders of Anglican Churches have warned the UK government a new Brexit bill could set a “disastrous precedent”. The Internal Market Bill could damage the relationship between the UK’s four nations. So say the archbishops of York and Canterbury and the heads of the Church in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The bill sets out rules Read more

Bishop’s resignation undermines Sino-Vatican pact Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

A Chinese bishop has resigned after the Vatican announced plans to renew its pact with China. This is a move which observers say is a setback to China’s hopes of implementing the deal smoothly. The deal was signed secretly in September 2018, and no details have yet been released. Its key provision is believed to Read more

Netherlands supports medically assisted dying for terminally ill children Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

It’s an extremely sad reality and nobody wants to think about it, but it can’t be avoided. Sometimes children get life-threateningly sick. Sometimes they get too sick to recover. And sometimes those illnesses can cause relentless and terrible suffering, sometimes even more than can be alleviated with palliative care. Adults who are terminally ill but Read more

Carlo Acutis, sainthood candidate draws huge crowd Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

The Catholic Church’s most recent candidate for sainthood is also its most modern. Lying in a glass-sided casket in jeans and a track jacket, the body of Carlo Acutis, an internet enthusiast who died in 2006 of leukemia at the age of 15, was venerated by some 41,000 visitors during a 19-day-long celebration of his Read more

Criticism for mask-less pope Comments 0

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Pope Francis is back to his mask-less old ways a day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service. A day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service, Pope Francis was back to his mask-less old ways Wednesday despite surging coronavirus infections across Europe Read more

‘Jesus the Homeless’ attracts prompt police action Comments 0

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Within minutes of being installed outside a US church, a statue called ‘Jesus the Homeless’ attracted attention and a police call-out. The bronze statue, depicting Jesus Christ as a homeless person lying under a blanket, had only been installed in the Cleveland churchyard for 20 minutes before the police were informed. The church’s pastor Fr Alex Read more