Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Pope to attend UN Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow

Monday, May 17th, 2021

Pope Francis will attend the UN Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow in November. Pope Francis and John Kerry, U.S. President Joe Biden’s special envoy for climate, met privately in a closed-door meeting, last week at the Vatican. In an interview after the meeting, Kerry said he believes Francis will participate in the UN Framework Read more

Cardinals’ pay cuts at the Vatican to save lay jobs

Monday, March 29th, 2021

Pay cuts at the Vatican will see cardinals working at the Holy See taking a 10 per cent pay cut. Most other Vatican-based clerics’ salaries are also being reduced. Department heads and secretaries will have their salaries reduced by eight percent and clergy and religious by three percent. In addition, almost all employees will have Read more

It’s the Vatican’s LGBTQ theology that is ‘disordered’

Thursday, March 25th, 2021
sexuality

A new Vatican statement that has provoked widespread criticism for sharply rejecting the blessing of same-sex unions is the latest example of why it’s hard for many people to take the Catholic Church’s own professed values of equality and dignity seriously. The decree, which notes God “cannot bless sin,” reiterates traditional Catholic teaching on sexuality. Read more

Vatican says yes to gay people, no to blessing gay unions

Thursday, March 18th, 2021
Fratelli Tutti

Since the Catholic Church forbids celebrating marriage between people of the same sex as a sacrament, some Catholics, and even some bishops, have discussed having a blessing for such couples as an alternative. On Monday (March 15), the Congregation for Doctrine of the Faith, the chief doctrinal office in the Vatican, responded to queries about Read more

How not to talk about vaccines: Culture war vs common good

Monday, March 8th, 2021

Why are some US bishops of the Catholic Church telling Catholics to avoid the newly approved Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine? Why did some U.S. Catholic leaders rush to issue warnings about this vaccine even though the Vatican has already said that it can be morally acceptable to receive it? Most importantly, why did these Read more

Promoting Christian unity is not optional

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Catholics must work towards Christian unity, a new guidebook from the Vatican says. It can no longer be seen as “optional” by bishops. They won’t be left to work out how on their own though. The new guidebook, released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, offers practical ways for bishops to promote unity Read more

Full communion possible for Catholics and Orthodox

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

Pope Francis is confident Catholics and Orthodox Christians will attain full communion. In a message to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I on Monday, Francis praised Bartholomew’s efforts to promote Christian unity. “We can thank God that relations between the Catholic Church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate have grown much over the past century, even Read more

Biden victory kindles hope for warmer US-Vatican relations

Thursday, November 12th, 2020
joe biden

President-elect Joe Biden is already being received as a promising ally for Francis’ pontificate. Vatican-U.S. relations have grown increasingly strained in recent years, mainly as a result of the opposing views of Pope Francis and the Trump administration on a wide range of issues, from immigration to the environment. Francis, who has sought to build Read more

Vatican officials train for leadership

Monday, November 9th, 2020
leadership

“Act like Wonder Woman.” At the bottom of a wooden amphitheatre, the man with salt and pepper hair puts his hands on his hips. With a Roman collar around his neck, he continues to give instructions from behind his black face mask: “Plant your feet firmly on the ground, rotate your body, and shake your Read more

Pope Francis rides on hyodrogen

Thursday, October 15th, 2020
Climate-Friendly Popemobile

Pope Francis has taken delivery of a hydrogen-powered climate-friendly Popemobile. The latest version of the Popemobile is a Toyota Mirai (meaning ‘The Future’) which he first had the use of on a visit to Japan in November 2019. Toyota customised two of the automobiles for Pope Francis’ visit, and one of these is now part Read more