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January 23, 2021
It’s the ecumenical dog that doesn’t bark. We need him to bark, but he rarely does, and then he's quickly shushed. It’s the matter of conversion. When we pray for Christianity unity, as we do this week, we pray not only for kindness and fellow-feeling and some very foggy idea of joining together in the future, after a gradual convergence somewhere in the middle. We pray for our separated brethren to give in.
January 22, 2021
The pioneering French geneticist who discovered the cause of Down's syndrome is one step closer to sainthood. In a statement, Pope Francis declared Jerome Lejeune Venerable yesterday, after acknowledging his "heroic virtue" – alongside a miracle, one of the prerequisites for beatification.
January 22, 2021
In a joint statement, bishops of the USCCB expressed "hope" that the United States will become the global climate leader after President Biden decided to rejoin the Paris climate accords.
January 22, 2021
ShadowCV has produced a song and music video, "Pray for Peace", with the pupils of his alma mater, Cardinal Newman School, in Coventry.
January 22, 2021
ISIS destroyed the village church of Tel Hormiz, one of the last homes of the Church of the East. Sam Sweeney Reports
January 22, 2021
The bishops of the 2021 Holy Land Co-ordination (HLC) urge Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to reopen "dialogue between all sides".
January 22, 2021
Approval for the texts is still ongoing, and expected to be completed by the CBCEW in the Autumn of this year before going to the Vatican for review and confirmatio. The earliest date for publication of the new Lectionary, the use of which will be mandatory in England and Wales, is 2022.
January 22, 2021
The verdict makes Caloia the highest-ranking official so far convicted for financial crimes. However, the ruling shows that Caloia and the Liuzzos were convicted of minor crimes. The general framework of corruption outlined by the Vatican prosecutor suggests an appeal will be argued on grounds the sentences were not consistent with the evidence.
January 21, 2021
The Catholic Church in Perth has been ordered to make a record payout of $2.45 million to a child abuse survivor, after a District Court ruling last week.
January 21, 2021
Bishops John Sherrington and Mark O’Toole have written a letter expressing their concern to British Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock about the removal of life support from a Catholic man in Plymouth, after a court ruling in January.
January 21, 2021
Mr. Biden will not help hasten the defeat of the reactionary political extremism that poisons the soul of the nation by catering to the political demands of those at the other extremity of the body politic.
January 21, 2021
In two letters, politicians, senior clergy and heads of aid organisations from around the world urged US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to end their economic sanctions on Syria. Citing an appeal at the end of December from the UN Special Rapporteur on Unilateral Coercieve Measures, Prof. Alena Douhan, they called