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December 10, 2019
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has asked for “continued prayers” at his first public appearance since his appointment to the Vatican (Rocco Palmo). Argentina’s outgoing and incoming presidents have attended Mass together in a show of unity. Christopher Lamb says that Cardinal Tagle is “on course to occupy the second most important position in Rome”. John
December 09, 2019
“Openness to God is found in the openness to take on the needs of one’s neighbour,” Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako has appealed for aid for Christians in the Nineveh Plains. A Capuchin friar in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has been declared a
December 06, 2019
Pope Francis has said he is “shocked by some of the narratives I hear in Europe about borders”. Money from Peter’s Pence was used to finance the Elton John biopic Rocketman, an Italian newspaper has reported. The Mexican Diocese of Cuernavaca has suspended evening Masses because of security concerns. Archaeologists in Dublin have discovered a
December 05, 2019
The new Vatican constitution has been delayed once again. Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has said that he hopes and prays that “that Palestine will be liberated”. Malta’s embattled Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is due to meet Pope Francis on Saturday. Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has formally succeeded Cardinal John Onaiyekan as Archbishop of Abuja. George
December 04, 2019
Cardinal Joseph Zen has accused Cardinal Pietro Parolin of “manipulating the Holy Father” over China. The “re-foundation” of the John Paul II Theological Institute is a sign that “shouldn’t be underestimated”, Cardinal Parolin has said. Ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing a new lawsuit. A Spanish cardinal has expressed “great concern” about the country’s prospective left-wing
December 03, 2019
The Holy See will welcome 33 refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos to Italy on Thursday. Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo will resign tomorrow, reports Rocco Palmo. A Chinese bishop has told delegates at a conference that “Love for the homeland must be greater than the love for the Church”. Pope Francis has urged
December 02, 2019
Pope Francis prayed for those killed in protests in Iraq at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). The German Church has launched its controversial “synodal process”. The Southern African bishops have issued a pastoral letter deploring violence against women. The English and Welsh bishops have said that Catholics can’t “watch from the balcony” during this
November 29, 2019
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that “certain people in the Vatican lied” over abuse. Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta has appeared at a court hearing in Argentina. A new church has opened on the outskirts of Dhaka in Bangladesh. Bishops in the Philippines have criticised the sacking of the country’s “anti-drug czarina”. Nine priests have been kidnapped
November 28, 2019
Bishop Michael Bransfield must make amends for leaving a “deep and abiding sense of betrayal” in Wheeling-Charleston diocese, his successor has said (full text). Pope Francis has announced that he will issue a “letter to all believers to understand the meaning of the manger”. Cardinal Dominique Mamberti has celebrated a Mass marking the 100th anniversary
November 27, 2019
The German Church will begin its “synodal process” with a candle-lighting ceremony on Sunday (Edward Pentin). Fr Phillip Bochanski of Courage International has received a papal award. Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta has visited the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul. Zenit publishes the full English text of the Pope’s in-flight interview. Matt Hadro describes a “miraculous
November 26, 2019
A priest kidnapped by jihadists in Yemen has attributed his survival to prayer. An Argentine court has sentenced two priests to more than 40 years in prison for abusing deaf children. The Pope’s personal secretary will leave the post in December. A Japanese boxer who converted to Catholicism on death row attended yesterday’s papal Mass
November 25, 2019
South Korea has reportedly invited Pope Francis to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of his Japan visit. An estimated 6,000 people attended a Eucharistic procession in Sydney on Sunday (Peter Rosengren). Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta has said he will return voluntarily to Argentina (full Italian text). Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has said