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Religious Discrimination bill under threat from religious leaders Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Australia’s religious discrimination bill took a temporary step backwards late last week as religious leaders threatened to withdraw their support for the proposed bill. Attorney General, Christian Porter intended to introduce the bill to the Federal Parliament before Christmas. But the powerful religious groups say the bill, in its current form, will actually diminish the Read more

Manger relic returned to Bethlehem for Christmas Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis has returned a fragment of wood believed to have formed part of Jesus’s manger to Bethlehem after about 1,400 years in Europe. The relic has most recently been at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is said “a very large number of pilgrims from all over the world” went to the Basilica Read more

Pope appoints new head financial watchdog Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis, Thursday, appointed Carmelo Barbagallo as president of the Vatican’s financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority (AIF). Barbagallo, 63 is an auditor and Italian banking consultant in the areas of banking, financial supervision and Single Supervisory Mechanism. Previously he was head of the banking and financial supervision department of the Bank of Italy. “I Read more

Pope says Nativity scenes should go in town squares, schools Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis on Sunday hailed Nativity scenes as “simple and admirable” signs of Christian faith and encouraged their placement in workplaces, schools and town squares, as he bolstered a Christmas tradition that has at times triggered bitter legal battles in the United States. “I wish to encourage the beautiful family tradition of preparing the Nativity Read more

Catholic Church accused of ‘robbing’ African priests with ‘poor English’ to tackle UK shortage Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

The Catholic Church has been accused of “robbing” Africa of its priests to tackle the shortage in the UK, leaving worshippers struggling to understand services in “poor English”. The claims were made by the Rev Deacon Michael Phelan, a retired Permanent Deacon in the diocese of Northampton, who raised concerns amid what some people deem Read more

Humans put into suspended animation for first time Comments 0

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Doctors have put humans into a state of suspended animation for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that aims to buy more time for surgeons to save seriously injured patients. The process involves rapidly cooling the brain to less than 10C by replacing the patient’s blood with ice-cold saline solution. Typically the solution is Read more

Bullies are scared cowards says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Pope Francis, visiting Japan, denounced an “epidemic” of bullying that torments young people in Japan but also around the world. “We must all unite against this culture of bullying and learn to say ‘Enough!’ “It is an epidemic, and together you can find the best medicine to treat it.” “Bullies are afraid, and they cover Read more

Bishops under pressure for allowing divorced and remarried Communion Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Two Italian bishops have gone public about allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the sacraments. They say their decisions are in line with Pope Francis’s 2016 document on the family, Amoris Laetitia. One of the bishops, Renato Marangoni, wrote a formal apology for having “ignored” these couples in parish life. He said he wants Read more

Amid probe, Mother Teresa nuns asked to reopen orphanage Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

The Jharkhand government in eastern India has asked Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity nuns to reopen their orphanage. The orphanage was shut down 16 months ago as police began probing baby-selling charges against the nuns. The orphanage is attached to a care centre the nuns run for unwed mothers. The government closed the orphanage after police Read more

Papal encyclical on nonviolence on the cards Comments 0

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Pope Francis says he is considering working on an encyclical letter on nonviolence. He discussed the possibility with reporters during his return flight to Rome after his week-long trip to Thailand and Japan. “The plan exists, but the next pope will do it.” The encyclical is one of many “projects in the drawer” that are Read more