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November 22, 2019
The Pope has urged priests and religious in Thailand to “continue inculturating the Gospel”. Vatican Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta has criticised an Argentine prosecutor’s appeal for his arrest (full Italian text). Caritas has expressed dismay after its former representative in the Central African Republic was exposed as an abuser. Three men have reportedly broken into the
November 21, 2019
Catholics and Buddhists should “appreciate and esteem one another”, Pope Francis has said during a meeting with the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch of Thailand. The papal visit is “really meaningful” for Thailand’s Catholic minority, Bishop Vira Arpondratana has said. Security forces in Bolivia have reportedly fired on mourners gathering at a church. An international network of
November 20, 2019
Pope Francis has arrived in Thailand at the start of his week-long Asia trip. A mob has attacked hunger strikers inside a cathedral in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua. Bringing priests from Africa to Britain is “robbing developing countries of their talent”, a deacon has said. Kerala’s bishops are launching a new online service to help
November 19, 2019
Bolivia’s bishops have called for a “national dialogue” to resolve the country’s political crisis. Hong Kong Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Ha has urged police to show restraint in response to student protests. A priest has died in a fire in Nigeria’s Anambra State. Catholics parishes are “invaded by many initiatives” which do not “affect the lives
November 18, 2019
An “attitude of hope in God” can help us cope with tragedy, Pope Francis said at yesterday’s Angelus (full text, full video). Gunmen have kidnapped another priest in Nigeria’s Enugu State. Philip Pullella previews the papal visit to Japan. Gretchen Crowe summarises Bishop Robert Barron’s “five paths” for bringing back the unaffiliated. Charles Collins says
November 15, 2019
Chinese officials are “hounding” an underground bishop to join the state-approved Church, reports Fr Bernardo Cervellera (Ye Ling). Pope Francis has named a new bishop for a scandal-ridden Indonesian diocese. Archbishop Ian Ernest has been installed as the new director of Rome’s Anglican Centre. Pope Francis has met an Anglican campaigner against “conversion therapy”. Fr
November 14, 2019
William Oddie, who died last week aged 80, may not have been the longest-serving editor of the Catholic Herald, but he was one of the most influential. During his five-year tenure, he charted a new course for this publication, which it has followed ever since.   Dr Oddie was appointed in 1998, when the Herald
November 14, 2019
The Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury have confirmed that they intend to travel together to South Sudan. Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has denied an allegation of abuse. George Weigel deplores “the cult of synodality”. Jane Stannus hails the “countercultural experience” of the traditional Mass. Joseph Pearce welcomes Cardinal Sarah’s “rallying cry in troublous times”.
November 13, 2019
Archbishop Mark Coleridge has said he hopes that the High Court’s judgment on the Cardinal Pell case will “bring clarity and a resolution for all”. A Syrian hospital supported by Malteser International has been hit by airstrikes. The number of men enrolling in Poland’s seminaries this year is 20 per cent lower than in 2018.
November 12, 2019
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako has urged Catholics to pray and fast for peace in Iraq. “The pastoral thrust of this pontificate must reach the American people,” Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre has told the US bishops (full text). French bishops have backed plans to offer compensation to clerical abuse victims. Indian police have
November 11, 2019
At yesterday’s Angelus, Pope Francis said that he plans to visit South Sudan in 2020 (full text, full video). Protesters have looted a Catholic church in the Chilean capital, Santiago. Cardinal Blase Cupich defends the presence of “artwork from the Amazon region” at last month’s synod. Cardinal Raymond Burke says the removal of the Amazon
November 08, 2019
The US bishops’ conference has claimed that a new book presents a “false and misleading” account of its relations with Rome (full statement, author’s response). Chinese experts will help to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral. Pope Francis has restructured several Brazilian dioceses in the wake of the Amazon synod. Bishop Robert McElroy says the US Church is