Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

Vatican finances must be like a house of glass Comments 0

Monday, October 5th, 2020

The economy of the Holy See should be transparent like a house of glass, says Vatican Secretariat for the Economy prefect Fr. Juan A. Guerrero SJ. He made the comment when the Secretariat released the 2019 balance sheet for the Roman Curia last Thursday. “We want the budget to explain how the Holy See uses Read more

Attacks on French churches back to ‘normal’ level Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

Attacks on French churches have moved back up to their “normal” level after a reduction during the country’s March 17 to May 11 lockdown. A spokesperson for an organization led by young Catholics, Protège ton église (Protect Your Church) says during the pandemic attacks continued on a smaller scale. This was despite the lockdown rules Read more

Catholic priests kick off first international organ festival at Rome’s Pantheon Comments 0

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The first international organ festival will be held under the nearly 2,000-year-old dome of Rome’s Pantheon and above the relics of early Christian martyrs. The melodies of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers will be played on the organ this month in an effort to use beauty to reconnect people with the mystery of God. Read more

Belgium sees increase in adult baptisms Comments 0

Monday, August 24th, 2020

There has been a significant rise in adult baptisms in Belgium. This year 305 adults will be baptized – 61 more than in 2019. The number of adult baptisms in Belgium has been growing for several years. There were 143 in 2010, 180 in 2015, 244 last year and over 300 this year. Although the Read more

Irish Church exempt from indoor gathering restrictions Comments 0

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Places of worship in Ireland have been exempted from the country’s indoor gathering restrictions. The relaxation of the rules responds to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin’s concerns about the feasibility of enforcing the restrictions. Ireland’s Phase Three set a limit of 50 people for indoor gatherings and 100 people for outdoor gatherings. In Phase Four Read more

Pope orders Polish bishop from diocese Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Pope Francis has ordered a Polish bishop to leave his diocese and let someone else run it. Bishop of Kalisz, Edward Janiak must stay away while he is being investigated for covering up sexual abuse cases. He will retain the title of bishop for the meantime, however. The cases Janiak allegedly covered up featured in Read more

Swiss diocese semi-ok with same sex marriage Comments 0

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Switzerland’s largest Roman Catholic diocese says it will welcome the arrival of civil marriage equality if the Swiss National Council passes legislation allowing it. The Council is tipped to consider the issue within the next few months. Given that the civil law changes, the Diocese of Basel says it will bless same-sex unions, as long Read more

Zimbabwe Catholics pray for Mugabe to be forgiven Comments 0

Monday, September 9th, 2019

At the Catholic cathedral where Zimbabwe’s former independence leader and ruler Robert Mugabe attended Mass, prayers for his forgiveness were offered on Sunday. Mugabe died last Friday in Singapore. He was 95 Father Richard Mushukua opened Sunday’s Mass paying tribute to Mugabe and asking congregants to forgive him. “He did a lot of positive things Read more

Survey finds Pope’s sex abuse response better than Church’s Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The results of last month’s survey asking for opinions on a wide range of topics about the Catholic Church and social issues have been released by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute. One question asked about Pope Francis and the Church’s handling of sexual abuse cases. The survey found 64 percent view the Pope favourably. Read more

President Nicolas Maduro’s opposition led by the Church Comments 0

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s re-election was strongly opposed by the Catholic Church. “Since the announcement of the fraudulent elections convened by a Constitutional Assembly, which was itself illegitimately elected, and in the absence of opposition candidates, we knew … Maduro would be re-elected and that he would use any means to achieve this,” Father Georges Read more