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A devout Catholic president

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Pro-lifers in the United States are calling out devout Catholic President Joe Biden for his response to the US Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision. While the decision – that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion – is in tune with the Catholic view, the Catholic president lamented the ruling Read more

Moving Church from maintenance to mission

Monday, June 27th, 2022
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The Catholic Church in Ireland is “moving from maintenance to mission” and needs to renew and refresh itself, Archbishop Eamon Martin says. Martin made the comment after attending Ireland’s national pre-synodal assembly this week. “The question is — what next? “We are still not entirely certain, but we are open to what the Holy Spirit Read more

Kasper criticises Germany’s Synodal Way reform

Monday, June 27th, 2022
Germany's Synodal Way reform proposals

Germany’s Synodal Way reform proposals have had some sharp criticism from German theologian cardinal Walter Kasper. He agrees reforms are necessary but says the Church should not become “a mass that can be kneaded and shaped to suit the situation”. The proposal to create a permanent Synodal Council to govern the Catholic Church in Germany Read more

Fertility doctors move embryos, expecting abortion law changes

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Fertility companies and patients have been moving embryos and making contingency plans, anticipating that if Roe v Wade were overturned, abortion laws in some states could extend to protect eggs fertilised in laboratories. More than 2% of 3.7 million babies born in the US in 2019 were conceived through in vitro fertilisation, the latest federal Read more

Pope orders online release of WWII-era Pius XII Jewish files

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Pope Francis has ordered the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announced on Thursday, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope. The documentation contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many Read more

Pope: Catholic, Oriental Orthodox should look at more sacramental sharing

Monday, June 27th, 2022

The theological dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches has reached a point where it seems appropriate to consider expanding the opportunities for the faithful of any of the churches to receive the sacraments from one another when they are not available in their own community, Pope Francis said. “Based on the Read more

Report: More than 800,000 lives saved by pro-life pregnancy centres since 2016

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Pro-life pregnancy centres have saved over 800,000 lives since 2016, according to an analysis by the Charlotte Lozier Institute. The analysis says that pro-life pregnancy centres “exist to provide support, education, classes, medical care and critical resources for women faced with difficult circumstances surrounding unexpected pregnancy.” CLI, the research arm of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Read more

Building bridges with remarried divorcees

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to build bridges with remarried divorcees who are Catholic. In the preface of a new Vatican document on preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony, he called for new “concrete” guidelines to be drafted. These would help those offering pastoral care to divorced and remarried Catholics, he said. The Read more

Interreligious cooperation to tackle threats to planet

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Interreligious cooperation and dialogue are needed more than ever while people and the planet are facing multiple threats, Pope Francis says. Speaking to a delegation of Buddhists from Thailand, he said “Sadly, on all sides, we hear the cry of a wounded humanity and a broken earth”. Inviting Buddhists to continue to work together with Read more

Criminal collared at Vatican

Monday, June 20th, 2022
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Italian police, Sunday, opened fire at a car after it ploughed through a Vatican checkpoint. Reports say a BMW driver, identified as Erojol Nako, a 39-year Albanian male, initially drew attention to himself when asked to stop in the Pantheon, a pedestrian area. Fleeing at high speed through the streets of Rome Nako broke a Read more