January 15, 2022
After a journalist reported on Pope Francis’ surprise visit to a record store, the Pope surprised him back — by writing him a letter. Javier Martínez-Brocal, director of the Rome-based news agency Rome Reports, tweeted a black-and-white photo of the Pope exiting a record store near the Pantheon in Rome. The photo went viral as
January 14, 2022
A 26-year-old woman has turned herself in on two charges related to some $10,000 in vandalism damage to Denver’s Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. Madeline Ann Cramer faces one charge of criminal mischief and another of a bias-motivated crime in connection with an Oct. 10 incident, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Jan. 13. Both
January 13, 2022
A Catholic bishop has criticised leaders of Germany’s “Synodal Way” for delaying a debate on gender-neutral language. In a Jan. 7 open letter, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg accused organizers of failing to keep a promise to hold a discussion at the Synodal Way’s next plenary session in February. “I protest against this approach. Once
January 11, 2022
Pope Francis has lamented “cancel culture” in his address to diplomats at the Vatican. Delivering his annual “state of the world” address on Jan. 10, the pope said that international organizations were increasingly pursuing “divisive” agendas at odds with the longstanding values of many countries. “Not infrequently, the center of interest has shifted to matters
January 11, 2022
Pope Francis has demoted an influential archbishop as he begins a shake-up of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He has removed Archbishop Giacomo Morandi from his post as secretary of the CDF and appointed him diocesan Bishop of Reggio Emilia-Guastalla, Italy. The archbishop, who will retain his episcopal rank “ad personam”, was
January 10, 2022
Parents of gravely ill children could be given a new right to seek treatment in foreign countries under a “Charlie’s Law” amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill. Proposals tabled in the House of Lords seek to make it easier for parents to be part of the life-or-death decisions taken by doctors treating their
January 07, 2022
A parish in Nottingham has asked Catholics not to attend Mass if they are “not vaccinated and/or won’t wear a mask.” The Parish of the Holy Family in the east of the city issued the request most recently in a newsletter on Boxing Day. Under the heading “Keeping safe,” the parish asked Massgoers to use
January 06, 2022
An Employment Tribunal has ruled that an NHS Trust harassed a Catholic nurse and directly discriminated against her for wearing a cross necklace at work. The tribunal found that Nigeria-born Mary Onuoha, 61, a theatre practitioner, was victimised by Croydon Health Services NHS Trust after she formally complained of discrimination she suffered for wearing the
January 05, 2022
Pope Francis has said that it is a civilizational loss when dogs and cats replace children in society, encouraging couples to “take the risk” to become parents. “The other day, I was talking about the demographic winter that we have today … many couples do not have children because they do not want to, or
January 04, 2022
A cardinal has spoken of his gratitude at being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II in the British monarch’s annual New Year’s list. Cardinal Michael Fitzgerald, a former president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was made an OBE — or Officer of the Order of the British Empire — by the Queen on
January 03, 2022
A law permitting assisted suicide has come into force in Austria in spite of the Catholic bishops warning the nation that it will help to create an era in which “every handicap or disease is seen as a failure that cannot be tolerated”. From New Year’s Day, the law licences doctors to prescribe lethal drugs
January 01, 2022
Twenty-two Catholic missionaries were killed around the world in 2021, half of them in Africa, according to a report released by the Fides News Agency. Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, reported that of the 22 missionaries killed in 2021, 13 were priests, two were women religious, one was
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