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November 25, 2015
On the face of it, the German Catholic Church contradicts much of what Pope Francis stands for. In 2013, the Pontiff said he wanted “a poor Church for the poor”. That same year the German Church received almost £4.6 billion via the church tax. Francis is deeply suspicious of bureaucracy, yet few bishops’ conferences are
November 25, 2015
What happened? Religious correspondents have been looking ahead this week to Pope Francis’s first trip to Africa, in particular his third stop in Bangui, in the Central African Republic, where violent clashes have been taking place between Christian and Muslim militias. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said the Pope’s head of security would visit the
November 25, 2015
Spying at the Vatican Edward Pentin, at the National Catholic Register, reported that Curial officials were going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Vatican authorities’ possible snooping. He wrote: “To take a few recent examples: an official told me recently he preferred only to send emails from home as he did not trust the Vatican service provider. Another
November 25, 2015
A MAN has been brutally assaulted by a gang in Bradford after converting from Islam to Christianity. Father-of-six Nissar Hussain was left needing surgery after the group of assailants broke his kneecap and hand last Wednesday. Mr Hussain, 49, is recovering in hospital after the attacks, which follow a long line of incidents following his family’s
November 25, 2015
AN ADVERTISEMENT by the Church of England that features the Lord’s Prayer will not be shown in three major cinema chains because of fears it might “cause offence”. The 60-second advert was due to be shown before screenings of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be released on December 18. The advert, to promote a
November 25, 2015
SALFORD DIOCESE has announced plans to cut the number of parishes from 150 to 75. The proposal was made in a report issued by Bishop John Arnold unveiling a diocese-wide consultation. The report recommends the closures because“the Catholic population has dispersed and declined” and because there are fewer priests. According to the report there are 150
November 25, 2015
THE BISHOPS of England and Wales have appealed to Rome to change the Good Friday prayer for Jews as it is said in the Extraordinary Form. The prayer reads: “Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of all men.”
November 25, 2015
POPE FRANCIS has sent video messages to the three African countries he is scheduled to visit this week. In his message for the Central African Republic the Pope said he wanted his visit to bring “consolation and hope”. “Your dear country has for too long been affected by a violent situation and by insecurity of which
November 25, 2015
THE VATICAN has signalled that a space has been left in the Year of Mercy calendar in September for the possible canonisation of Mother Teresa. September 4 has been set aside if Mother Teresa’s Cause is concluded by then. The canonisation Mass would be celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the end of
November 25, 2015
THE CHURCH in Germany has strong institutions that contribute much to society, but Christianity is much bigger than its institutions, the Pope has told the country’s bishops. “One can truly speak of an erosion of the Catholic faith in Germany,” the Pope said in a written speech handed to the bishops last week. The bishops were
November 25, 2015
A VATICAN judge has ordered five people, including a Spanish monsignor and two journalists, to stand trial in connection with the leaking and publication of documents about Vatican finances. The criminal trial was scheduled to begin on Tuesday in the small Vatican courtroom behind St Peter’s Basilica. Those called to trial are: Mgr Lucio Angel Vallejo
November 25, 2015