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Modern day Way of the Cross radical feminists beat Christ

Monday, April 12th, 2021

A modern day reenactment of the Way of the Cross held on Good Friday in southern Mexico has drawn criticism in local media. The reenactment depicts militant feminists beating Christ, who had fallen to the ground. The ceremony was organized and broadcast on Facebook by Life Online Oficial. Life Online Oficial is an evangelization platform Read more

Sad loss of reason in Europe

Monday, April 12th, 2021
Europe faith and reason

The Vatican Secretary of State has said that euthanasia and abortion laws in Europe represent not only a loss of faith but also a loss of reason. “These anthropological changes that are taking place, losing the identity of the human person. Before a loss of faith, I would say that it is a loss of Read more

Vatican observatory’s new website showcases Church’s support for science

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The Vatican astronomical observatory’s new website has a mission: to show the world the Catholic Church’s support of science and scientific research. The new website has hundreds of resources on faith and science. The observatory has also started a podcast that explores “the wonder of God’s universe”. Vatican astronomers and expert guests contribute to the Read more

Youth hurl bricks, fireworks gasoline bombs in Northern Ireland

Monday, April 12th, 2021
violence Northern Ireland

Catholic and Protestant religious leaders have put on a demonstration of unity to urge an end to the recent violence. After a week of disorder across the region which has left 74 police officers injured, a Catholic and a Church of Ireland bishop were among those who came together for an ecumenical service before walking Read more

Vatican statistics show Catholic numbers have grown by 16 million

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The Vatican’s Statistical Yearbook shows that there has been a steady growth in the number of Catholics in every continent except for Europe. At the end of 2019, the worldwide Catholic population exceeded 1.34 billion or about 17.7% of the world’s population. This marked an increase of 16 million Catholics or 1.12% increase compared to Read more

Vatican sanctions two Polish bishops for mishandling abuse cases

Monday, April 12th, 2021

The Holy See has placed sanctions on two controversial bishops in Poland following investigations that revealed both prelates badly mishandled cases of priests who sexually abused minors. Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glódz, who led the Archdiocese of Gdansk from 2008 until his retirement last August at age 75, was charged with “negligence”. Bishop Edward Janiak, who Read more

Pope praises Duke of Edinburgh’s ‘distinguished’ public service

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Pope Francis has offered the Queen “heartfelt condolences” for the loss of her husband and praised the Duke of Edinburgh for his devotion to marriage and “distinguished record” of public service. In a telegram sent by the Vatican’s secretary of state and made public on Saturday, Francis said he was “saddened” to learn of Philip’s Read more

Top African cardinal uses Easter homily to slam gay marriage

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo of Burkina Faso, who is president of the umbrella group that includes all the national episcopal conferences of Africa, has used his Easter Sunday homily to condemn the “culture of death”, including homosexual marriage. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a “note” on March 15 that reaffirmed that the Read more

School makes boys, en masse apologise to girls at assembly

Monday, March 29th, 2021

A lesson on sexual consent at an Australian school has gone badly awry. Male students as young as 12 at Brauer College in Victoria were directed to “stand up and apologise” to their female peers – simply because of their gender. A parent, Danielle Shepherd says her son is “confused and upset” by the incident Read more

Cardinals’ pay cuts at the Vatican to save lay jobs

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Pay cuts at the Vatican will see cardinals working at the Holy See taking a 10 per cent pay cut. Most other Vatican-based clerics’ salaries are also being reduced. Department heads and secretaries will have their salaries reduced by eight percent and clergy and religious by three percent. In addition, almost all employees will have Read more