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September 24, 2015
When Pope Francis touches down in Rome after his 10-day visit to Cuba and the United States, he will have little time to rest before he faces perhaps the biggest test of his papacy so far. Next Sunday he will preside at the opening of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
September 24, 2015
What happened? On saturday the Pope departed on the biggest trip of his pontificate so far, arriving in Cuba, where he celebrated Mass in Revolution Square, attended by President Raul Castro. In the square, which features giant statues of Guevara and Karl Marx, the Pope called on people to care for the most vulnerable and
September 24, 2015
Catholics don’t schism in the National Catholic Register Fr Dwight Longenecker took issue with liberal theologian Daniel Maguire, who said the Catholic Church “could soon go the way of Judaism and split into three branches: Orthodox, Reformed and Conservative”. He agreed that these three groups exist: “The Orthodox are the traditionalists who love the Extraordinary
September 24, 2015
Ofsted inspectors are “unfairly influenced” by “inaccurate presumptions about Catholic schools”, according to the Catholic Education Service. The complaint was made in a written submission from the CES to the House of Commons education committee. The CES said that simply being a religious school was becoming a “red flag” to the inspection body. “We are
September 24, 2015
Catholic and Anglican bishops from Britain and France have joined together to ask their countries to be more generous to migrants at Calais. Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, the Rt Rev Trevor Wilmott, the Anglican Bishop of Dover, and Bishop Jean-Paul Jaeger of Arras visited the “Jungle” refugee camp at Calais last Saturday. They joined
September 24, 2015
EUROPEAN Church leaders have urged the president of Israel to resolve a crisis threatening Christian schools that has kept them closed for several weeks. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh issued a statement during their visit to the country for a Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE) meeting. They said Christian
September 24, 2015
More than 2,000 people have signed a petition for the reinstatement of a priest who was cleared of any wrongdoing after abuse allegations were made against him. Fr Paul Morton was removed from St Bride’s parish, Cambuslang, in the Diocese of Motherwell, and asked to take “administrative leave” following anonymous allegations last October. In April
September 24, 2015
Pope francis took time out of his formal programme on Sunday to visit Cuba’s former leader, Fidel Castro. Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi said that after Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square, Pope Francis was driven to the ailing 89-year-old’s residence for the meeting, which lasted 30 to 40 minutes. In the presence of Mr Castro’s
September 24, 2015
POPE FRANCIS has told the Cuban people that love and service, not ideology, are the keys to their happiness. “We do not serve ideas, we serve people,” the Pope told hundreds of thousands gathered in Havana’s Revolution Square for Mass. For decades the square has been the site of major communist government rallies and it is
September 24, 2015
THE NAMES of 360 people attending next month’s family synod were unveiled by the Vatican this week. Forty-five of the synod fathers have been appointed by Pope Francis while the rest have been elected by bishops’ conferences or are the heads of Vatican departments, religious orders or Eastern Catholic Churches. The list for the October 4-25
September 24, 2015
POPE Francis has named American Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno as director of the Vatican Observatory. He replaces Argentine Jesuit Fr José Funes, 52, who had served in the role since 2006. Brother Consolmagno is a planetary scientist who has studied meteorites and asteroids at the Vatican Observatory since 1993. He had been serving as president of
September 24, 2015
Francis wants a strong debate at next month’s gathering – that seems certain. But everything else is up in the air, says Ed West NEXT month more than 350 people – including cardinals, bishops and married couples – will gather in Rome for the most highly anticipated Church gathering since the Second Vatican Council half a
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