Posts Tagged ‘Vatican news’

Letter with three bullets sent to Pope

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Italian police have identified the person who sent an envelope with three bullets in it to Pope Francis. The envelope did not reach the pontiff, however, as it was intercepted in Milan on Sunday night. Police say the unnamed suspect is a French citizen “already known to Vatican security, with whom the Carabinieri of Milan Read more

Sad loss of reason in Europe

Monday, April 12th, 2021
Europe faith and reason

The Vatican Secretary of State has said that euthanasia and abortion laws in Europe represent not only a loss of faith but also a loss of reason. “These anthropological changes that are taking place, losing the identity of the human person. Before a loss of faith, I would say that it is a loss of Read more

Bishop who warned of schism over women priests resigns

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

A Swiss bishop who recently warned of a potential schism caused by different opinions about ordaining women in the Catholic church has resigned unexpectedly. Denis Theurillat, who was the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Basel cited “the increasing burdens of his office” as his reason for resigning five years before the customary retirement age Read more

14,000 people per priest worldwide

Monday, October 19th, 2020
Catholics is on the rise

New data released by the Vatican shows the number of Catholics is on the rise worldwide. However, the reduction in the numbers of priests is placing pressure on the fewer clergy. The number of Catholics grew 16 million to 1.33 billion in the past year according to figures released by the Vatican ahead of 2020 Read more

Vatican decrees compulsory face covering outdoors

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

The Vatican says people must wear a face covering  when they’re outdoors in the Vatican City State to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Bishop Fernando Vérgez, Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican City State, says face covering masks should be worn “in the open air and in all workplaces where distance cannot Read more

Cardinal Pell has returned to Rome – but why?

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Cardinal George Pell has returned to Rome. It is the first time Pell has returned to the Holy See since 2017, since he left to face historic child abuse charges. In 2014 Pope Francis appointed Pell, then aged 73, to lead the Vatican Secretariat of State. His role was to reform the Vatican’s finances. However, Read more

Cardinal Tagle opens up about contracting COVID

Monday, September 28th, 2020

The prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, has recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19). Last Friday the cardinal discussed his experience during the coronavirus quarantine and his recovery. Speaking at an online conference for Catholic educators, he admitted struggling with “fear and anxiety” during the isolation. “But getting Read more

Belarus re-invites Pope to visit

Monday, September 14th, 2020

Belarus has renewed its 2016 invitation to Pope Francis to visit the country. Vladimir Makei, the Belarus Minister of Foreign Affairs, reiterated the invitation during a meeting with Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, who is the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States. Makei told Gallagher, who was visiting Belarus, that the invitation remained open despite tensions Read more