Posts Tagged ‘Sweden’

Anti-semitism increasing in Sweden Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Anti-semitism is on the rise in Sweden. Church and state leaders have spoken out against the violence. There have been many attacks against the Swedish Jewish community over the past few years, with two during the past week. It is thought the most recent events are connected with United States President Donald Trump’s recognition of Read more

New Swedish cardinal wants women advisors Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The new Swedish cardinal, Anders Arborelius, has suggested Pope Francis consider creating a special advisory body of women. Their role would be similar to that of the College of Cardinals and would offer more opportunity for women’s leadership in the church. Francis made Arborelius Sweden’s first cardinal in a consistory on Wednesday. He said he Read more

Swedish PM tries forcing priests to celebrate gay marriage Comments 0

Monday, June 26th, 2017

The Swedish Prime Minister says he and his party think all Swedish Church priests should celebrate same-sex marriages. They should have to celebrate these marriages regardless of their personal views, he says. Stefan Lofven says as they are members of Sweden’s State church which agreed in a recent Synod that it would support same sex Read more

Pope Francis on ecumenism, secularism, terrorism and gossip Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

(RNS) Pope Francis leaves on Monday (Oct. 31) for an overnight trip to Sweden, a historically Protestant country that today is one of the most secular in the world. The visit is to mark the start of observances of next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which traditionally dates from Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Read more

Lutheran-Catholic unity high on Pope’s agenda in Sweden Comments 0

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Lutheran-Catholic unity is high on the Pope’s agenda during his official trip to Sweden this week. “My hope and expectation is that of coming closer to my brothers and sisters,” he said. Being close “does all of us good. Distance, on the other hand, makes us bitter.” Francis says distance makes us “close within ourselves Read more

Swedish doctor tries to talk patients into being Catholic Comments 0

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

A Swedish doctor has been accused of denying one of his patients antibiotics when he refused to join the Catholic Church. The doctor was forced to leave his job as a locum at a practice run by the local authority in southern Sweden, Region Skåne. Bosses at the GP surgery reported him after it emerged Read more

Mega-Church founder becomes Roman Catholic Comments 0

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Ulf Ekman, the founder of the Word of Life mega-church in Sweden, is to become Roman Catholic. Ekman called his conversion a “personal journey” and said it was not his agenda to unite Word of Life with the Catholic Church. Continue reading   Related Posts:Vatican inquiry into sodality founder’s abusePope signs statutes for Vatican mega-dicasteryVatican Read more

The European Union and refugees: fortress Europe Comments 0

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

They come seeking refuge, but when asylum seekers cross into the European Union, they often find little compassion. In Greece, they are held in squalid detention camps, while in Italy they often end up on the street. Here is what they face at entry points across the EU. They know they are putting their lives Read more