Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Spain’s bishops seeking common ground with socialists Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Spain’s bishops have promised to seek agreement on some of the positions in the socialist-led government’s program for secular reforms. Cardinal Juan Jose Omella, president of the Spanish bishops’ conference, and Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo have agreed “to establish a broad working agenda” for a mixed commission. The meeting is the first since Omella was Read more

Spanish Church speaks against exhuming Franco’s remains Comments 0

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Spanish church leaders have advised the government not to carry out plans to exhume General Francisco Franco’s remains, without obtaining agreement from interested parties. “We want a solution which helps build a peaceful country,” said Rodrigo Pinedo Texidor, archdiocesan communications director. Read more Related Posts:Basque separatist organisation apologises, will disbandVincentian Spanish Civil War martyrs beatificationTranslations Read more

Spanish Carmelite nuns join Me Too movement Comments 0

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Spanish Carmelite nuns have added their support to the Me Too movement. The international movement against sexual harassment and assault has spread rapidly since last October. It is used to show the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment. The Carmelite nuns published a post committing their support to Me Too last week. This followed Read more

Basque separatist organisation apologises, will disband Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The Basque separatist organisation, ETA, says it will lay down its arms next month. The announcement has Spanish church leaders giving thanks to God. ETA has apologised to its victims, saying it regrets the harm caused by its violent campaign for an independent homeland. “We thank God this terrible nightmare of blood and horror is Read more

Spain’s Catholic Church anti-Catalan independence Comments 1

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Spain’s Catholic Church says a declaration of independence approved by Catalonia’s regional parliament last month is “serious and disturbing”. Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez, who is the Spanish bishops conference president, says he supports re-establishing constitutional order. Bishops and priests should favour “peaceful coexistence” and “renounce concrete political actions that could diminish their mission which consists Read more

Bishop apologises for Hindu deity in church Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A bishop in Spain has apologised in public after a priest allowed a Hindu deity, Ganesh, to be paraded through his church by the local Hindu community. The priest has since offered his resignation as the Vicar General of the diocese, which was accepted. Read more Related Posts:Hindu to Atheist to Agnostic to Anglican to Read more

Pope Francis calls for inhuman violence to end Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

After recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland, Pope Francis is begging God “to free the world from this inhuman violence”. The world is carrying in its heart “the pain of these terrorist attacks,” Francis told the crowd in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, before leading them in prayer for the victims. Nineteen Read more

Cardinal could be prosecuted for ‘gay empire’ jibe Comments 1

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

LGBT and feminist activists want to have a Spanish cardinal penalised for hate speech after he said a “gay empire” is one of the threats to the family. On May 13, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Valencia delivered a homily in which he stated the family has become a target in various ways. “The family is Read more

Spanish priest investigated for exorcisms on anorexic teen Comments 0

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A Spanish priest is being investigated after allegedly performing more than a dozen exorcisms on a teenage girl with anorexia. When the girl was 16, her parents interpreted her problems with anorexia and anxiety as a sign of demonic possession. Her parents turned to exorcism after stays in hospitals didn’t see her recover. The parents Read more

Sagrada Família fills me with hope for Europe Comments 0

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

The exterior of the Sagrada Família in Barcelona is a bit loopy, but the interior is so awe-inspiring that it could win over future generations to Christianity. I went to Barcelona by chance. My brother’s wife and daughters had been delighted by this elegant city in northern Spain and especially by the basilica of the Read more