Posts Tagged ‘Vatican’

Beijing-Vatican deal not normal: Cardinal Zen rebuts Kelly Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Cardinal Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kuin, 86, sits down for lunch. Chatting and smiling, he lists the options for main course at a private dining room in Bishop Lei International House, a church-owned hotel founded originally as a school for the De La Salle brothers. It’s perched high in the Mid-Levels of Hong Kong Island, high but Read more

The Vatican – China bishops kerfuffle Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018
Vatican China

What is happening right now is no way unprecedented in recent Catholic history in China. Moral outrage and high emotion are a potent cocktail. Such is what is reverberating around the world right now about the Vatican’s moves to replace two bishops in China. The events have triggered reports and comments in the Catholic media Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s ill – isn’t he? Comments 0

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s health is currently under the spotlight. The question is whether he is ill or not. His brother, 94 year-old Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, says the Pope emeritus is suffering from a nerve disease, which is paralyzing him little by little. Georg says the illness forces Benedict to use a wheelchair more often. Read more

Hong Kong Catholics oppose Vatican’s Beijing deal Comments 0

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Hong Kong Catholics held an all-night prayer vigil to protest a proposed deal between the Vatican and Beijing. More than 200 people gathered to voice their concerns over a deal they say will “sell out” faithful Chinese Catholics. “It’s a precarious situation. There’s a real danger of division,” a priest said. Those attending the vigil Read more

Chinese Catholic bishop willing to stand down Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A Chinese Catholic bishop, Guo Xijin, says he will step down in favour of Communist-approved bishops. Guo is one of the “underground” bishops — recognized by the Church but not by Chinese authorities — who have been asked by the Vatican to step down. He will be replaced by a Communist-approved bishop. Guo currently lives Read more

Wellington youth worker represents NZ at Vatican Comments 0

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Isabella McCafferty of Wellington will represent New Zealand at the Vatican in March for an international youth gathering. Ms McCafferty works with the Church’s Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Wellington Archdiocese. She is in the pastoral ministry and her work supports families and young people across 22 parishes. Ms McCafferty meanwhile also Read more

Vatican-China Bishop-appointment deal concerns Comments 1

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Chinese Catholics who belong to the country’s underground churches are worried. They think the Vatican and Chinese government’s plan to sign an agreement about appointing bishops will mean legitimate bishops will have to step down in favour of state-appointed ones. The agreement, which is only “a few months” away, would allow the Vatican to help Read more

Vatican bans Mary McAleese from women’s day conference Comments 0

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

The Vatican has banned former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, from speaking at a “Voices of Faith” conference. The conference has been held at the Vatican on International Women’s Day – celebrated on 8 March, since 2014. The list of potential speakers at the conference required approval from a cardinal. Mrs McAleese and two other Read more

New multimedia communications hub for Vatican Comments 0

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

A new multimedia communications hub for the Vatican will be launched before Christmas. The prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Monsignor Dario Vigano, says vaticannews.va – would be launched in beta form “in the coming days.” (According to Google, Beta software is usually the first version – a product preview stage. End users and testers Read more

Annie Lennox performing at Vatican Christmas concert Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Annie Lennox, Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist, philanthropist and former member of the Eurythmics duo has been invited to perform at the Vatican. She will be performing at the 25th annual Concerto di Natale next Saturday. Others performing at the event include Patti Smith and Joaquin Cortes. Funds raised will support two charities: The Fondazione Read more