Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Vatican tells UN: poverty is not caused by the population bomb Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

ROME – Talk of an “impending population bomb,” the Vatican’s representative to the United Nations said on Wednesday, has led to sometimes “draconian” policies, which ignore the complex nature of population growth. Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, speaking to the UN’s Commission on Population and Development, said “differing regional and even country specific situations” need to Read more

Jesuit’s pro-LGBT book published Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The Vatican and Catholic clergy have backed a gay-friendly publication that looks at what the Catholic Church’s relationship with the “LGBT community” should be like. “Building A Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity”, was written by James Martin. Martin is a Jesuit Read more

Vatican statistics say Catholics lead globe Comments 0

Monday, April 10th, 2017

The world’s Catholic population is continuing to grow, particularly in Africa. It is the world’s largest religion, say the statistics in the 2017 Annuario Pontificio, or Vatican yearbook. The yearbook says most Catholics live in the same 10 countries. They make up almost 56 per cent of the world’s Catholic population. Altogether, there were about 1.285 Read more

Vatican resolving sexual abuse caseloads Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Pope Francis has appointed two new officials to oversee the Vatican office responsible for looking after clerical sexual abuse cases. A backlog of unresolved abuse cases has prompted the new appointments. Attention has focused on the Vatican’s response to the clerical sexual abuse crisis since the beginning of last month. That was when abuse survivor Read more

Martin Luther King’s dream must continue Comments 0

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Martin Luther King’s dream of  “integral human development” of all peoples is a work that must continue today. It must continue in the world and in the Catholic Church, a US bishop,  Edward K. Braxton, told participants at a Vatican conference. ” The racial divide in the United States and, sadly, in the Catholic Church Read more

Vatican publishes Pope’s letter to UN about nuclear weapons Comments 0

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

The Vatican has published a letter the Pope wrote to the UN last week about banning nuclear weapons. In this he urged the UN to “commit … to a world without nuclear weapons”. Read more   Related Posts:Pope Francis and nuclear powers at odds over nukes.Nuclear weapons – US bishops and the UN agreeVatican calls Read more

Don’t blame Francis for the confusion Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Some self-declared Catholic traditionalists have been complaining bitterly that there is much confusion and division within the Catholic Church. They blame it all on Pope Francis and especially on the challenging program he has launched for ecclesial renewal and reform. In doing so, they are de facto opposing the pope—especially his more merciful and pastoral Read more

Pope begged for forgiveness for Rwanda genocide Comments 0

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The Pope has begged the Rwandan President Paul Kagame  for forgiveness for the Catholic Church’s part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide. Francis said the Vatican acknowledges the church was in part to blame for the genocide, as were some Catholic priests and nuns. He said these priests and nuns had “succumbed to hatred and violence, betraying Read more

Why Marie Collins left the Commission for Protection of Minors Comments 0

Monday, March 6th, 2017

“When three years ago I accepted my appointment in the commission, I said that if I had found a conflict between what was happening behind closed doors and what was being said publicly, I would not have stayed. This has happened and this is why I have left.” Marie Collins’ home phone in Dublin is Read more

Parish priests are called upon to support marriages Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Parish priests are called to support married couples, Pope Francis said on the weekend. This includes supporting young people who are living together and people whose marriages are failing as well as those with strong marriages. In general, he said parish priests are the ones a couple comes to when they decide to marry, when Read more