Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Michael Czerny’

Vatican cardinal defends Pope’s decision to fire Caritas leadership

Monday, May 15th, 2023

Cardinal Michael Czerny, who heads the development office responsible for Caritas, has defended Pope Francis’ “drastic” decision to fire the elected leadership of Caritas Internationalis in November 2022. Speaking at a week-long meeting in Rome of the global confederation of 162 national Caritas chapters, Czerny (pictured) explained that the move was necessary for the well-being Read more

Vatican cardinal honours Jewish Catholic saint at Auschwitz

Thursday, August 11th, 2022
Martyred at Auschwitz

Eighty years after Edith Stein’s death at Auschwitz, a Vatican cardinal has said Mass in her honour near the former death camp. Raised as a Jew, Stein was an atheist philosopher who converted to Catholicism in 1921 when she was 30. She became a Discalced Carmelite nun in 1938 and took the name Sr Teresa Read more

Meeting the victims of war has an ‘impact on the gut’

Monday, March 14th, 2022
Meeting victims of war

While it is important to follow news reports about the war in Ukraine, meeting victims of that war “has an impact on the gut”, says a leading Catholic cardinal. “The impact on your eyes when you see (through the media) the bombing and the destruction and the blood and all that” is one of outrage, Read more

‘I will go to Ukraine, as far as I can,’ says papal envoy

Thursday, March 10th, 2022
I will go to Ukraine

A Vatican cardinal has said that he will travel as far as he can in Ukraine to express Pope Francis’ solidarity with the suffering population. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said he intended to enter the war-torn country via Poland at the pope’s behest. Krajewski holds the title of papal almoner, officially charged with performing acts of Read more

Pandemic shows immigrants are essential

Monday, May 25th, 2020

The pandemic has highlighted that immigrants are essential to the fabric of our society, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ says. Czerny, who has been the under-secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development’s Migrants and Refugees Section since 2017, is urging people to develop local solutions to address the needs of immigrant and refugee Read more

Internally displaced people are central to new Vatican guidelines

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Internally displaced citizen numbers now account for over 50 million people, according to a recent study. Their needs are the focus of new guidelines Pope Francis and the Vatican have just released. “In this time of pandemic, the virus does not seem to distinguish between those who are important and those who are invisible, those Read more

Door still open on married priests, women deacons

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The door is still open on married priests and women deacons. Although Pope Francis’s exhortation on the Amazon bypasses making decisions about women deacons and married priests, there is still room to move, say number of the pope’s close advisors. In the post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), Pope Francis released last week , Read more