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Filipe D'Avillez

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January 10, 2019
The bishop of Oporto caused an international outcry last month after appearing to deny the Virgin Birth. Bishop Manuel Linda appeared alongside progressive priest Fr Anselmo Borges in an article published just before Christmas by online newspaper Observador. In it, the two were asked about several issues, such as whether Jesus really was born on
November 29, 2018
One of Africa’s largest nations is experiencing a dramatic political shake-up – and the Church appears to be delighted. Catholic leaders in Angola have signalled that they stand fully behind the country’s president, João Lourenço, and the reforms he has launched since taking up office in September 2017. Speaking to Ecclesia, the news agency of
November 22, 2018
It is cold and gloomy when I ask one of the Syriac Orthodox youths in the Swedish city of Södertälje to describe to me what the past year has been like. “Dark, very dark,” he replies. But he is not referring to the severe persecution of his people ­– a Christian ethnic group indigenous to
October 25, 2018
One country offers lessons in how to evangelise young Catholics At a time when the Church is reflecting on how to attract young people, Portugal does seem to have a thing or two to teach the world about evangelisation. This is borne out by a report, “European Young Adults and Religion”, which found that 27
September 27, 2018
When I met the senior Russian Orthodox official Metropolitan Hilarion in Lisbon last week, I asked him about the current crisis in the Orthodox world, writes Filipe d’Avillez. The Patriarchate of Moscow has protested strongly against plans by the Patriarchate of Constantinople to grant “autocephaly” to Orthodox Christians in Ukraine, many of whom are currently
July 05, 2018
The Vatican’s new librarian is a force of nature Fr José Tolentino Mendonça once showed up on my in-laws’ doorstep, suitcase packed, ready to go on a retreat which was actually taking place a week later. The 52-year-old, whom the Pope has appointed as the Vatican’s new librarian and archivist, is an accomplished poet and
June 07, 2018
Communists and Catholics unite to defeat a euthanasia bill “Communists save Portugal from euthanasia” is not a headline one would expect to read, but it neatly sums up what happened in Lisbon last week, as Parliament rejected draft laws which would have legalised the practice. The euthanasia debate began in February 2016, with a petition
May 30, 2018
The proposal deeply divided the Catholic nation
April 19, 2018
Portugal’s bishops have embraced Amoris, but can’t conceal their divisions by Filipe Avillez Two years after Amoris Laetitia, many dioceses around the world haven’t yet implemented the document. Over the past few months, however, Portuguese bishops have been jumping on the Amoris bandwagon. While none has come out against the exhortation’s proposals, the process has
January 05, 2017
In 2004, Catholics in Europe received an alarming wake-up call when the Italian Rocco Buttiglione was turned down for a European Commission post after having said that he would defend the rights of gays despite considering homosexual acts to be sinful. Could a Christian with traditional beliefs in this field, and others, take up a
January 04, 2017
He’s a practising Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. How on earth has António Guterres been appointed head of the UN?
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