Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Pietro Parolin’

Cardinal Parolin criticises Israel’s response to Gaza attacks, Israel responds

Monday, February 19th, 2024
Cardinal Parolin

Cardinal Pietro Parolin denounced the October 7 Hamas attacks against Israel and all forms of antisemitism while raising concerns about Israel’s assertion of self-defence amidst the “carnage” inflicted on Gaza. Questioning the proportionality of Israel’s military operation, Parolin highlighted the significant death toll. “Israel’s right of self-defence which has been invoked to justify this operation Read more

Vatican surprised and saddened at Alexei Navalny’s death

Monday, February 19th, 2024
Alexei Navalny

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin expressed surprise and sorrow at the news of the death of prominent Russian dissident Alexei Navalny. “I saw it on the news. What can I say? I am very sorry; I thought the matter could have been resolved differently. Instead, this news surprises us and fills us with Read more

Pope: COP28 – scrap fossil fuels, protect poor

Monday, December 4th, 2023

In a wide-ranging message to COP28 delegates, Pope Francis added his voice to calls for an end to fossil fuels and for “debt forgiveness” for poorer countries hit by climate change. As illness prevented Francis from attending COP28, he deputed Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (pictured) to deliver his speech. Francis, who has made Read more

It’s official – some of German Synodal Path not happening

Monday, November 27th, 2023
German Synodal Path

Some German Synodal Path suggestions for change won’t be happening, says the Vatican. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has written an official note to the German Bishops’ Conference secretary general, Beate Gilles to clarify the Vatican’s stance on the German Synodal Path reform proposals. Non-negotiable issues Some issues are “non-negotiable”, Parolin told Gilles, Read more

Vatican official condemns Hamas attack, offers to mediate

Monday, October 16th, 2023
Hamas attack

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, strongly denounced the recent Hamas attack on Israel, labelling it as “inhuman”. “The release of Israeli hostages and the protection of innocent lives in Gaza are at the heart of the problem created by Hamas’ attack and the response of the Israeli army,” said Parolin. “They are Read more

Gaza conflict casts shadow over Vatican Holocaust conference

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

The conflict in Gaza cast a shadow on Monday over a major conference on the Vatican and the Holocaust, with one participant calling the carnage the worst slaughter of civilian Jews in one day since then. The conference was organised after the opening in 2020 of Vatican archives of the pontificate of Pius XII, which Read more

Vatican and Vietnam agree to open Holy See office in Hanoi as relations improve

Monday, July 31st, 2023

Vietnam formally agreed on Thursday to let a Vatican representative live in the country and open an office, a notching up of relations that could have implications down the line for the Holy See’s delicate ties with China. The Holy See announced the conclusion of the agreement during a visit to the Vatican by Vietnamese Read more

Vatican official dismisses link between homosexuality and clergy sexual abuse

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023
clergy sexual abuse

The Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, has unequivocally rejected the assertion that clergy sexual abuse is connected to homosexuality, deeming it an “unsupportable association” without any scientific basis. “Homosexual orientation cannot be considered as either cause or aspect typical of the abuser, even more so when it is decoupled from the general arrangement Read more

Vatican directs Indian Church to settle dispute

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

A liturgical dispute that has been plaguing India’s Eastern rite Syro-Malabar Church could be resolved soon, said officials after their Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry and top officials returned from a visit to the Vatican this week. Cardinal Alencherry and four members of the Church’s Permanent Synod held detailed discussions with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Read more

Top Vatican official urges dialogue with German bishops on same-sex blessings

Thursday, March 16th, 2023
German same-sex blessings

The German bishops can expect a discussion with the Vatican over their vote in favour to bless same-sex unions. The move, made by the influential and wealthy German Church, does not align with official Catholic doctrine, which forbids such blessings. “A local, particular church cannot make a decision like that which involves the discipline of Read more