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July 04, 2022
Last month, Moldova and Ukraine were granted candidate status by the EU. Cue much back-slapping and cheering from Brussels. But the self-congratulation masked a very different reality. For starters, neither Ukraine nor Moldova is likely to ever join the EU, certainly not on terms either would find acceptable, while both would quickly be disabused of
June 30, 2022
Less than a week after the US Supreme Court announced its explosive decision to overrule Roe v. Wade – returning the authority to legalise abortions to individual American states – the Pope met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an Italian-American Catholic, in Rome. Pelosi later received Communion during a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
June 28, 2022
Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő – Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest – may be emerging as a front-runner to succeed Pope Francis. The canon law expert is fast becoming a contender to succeed the Holy Father as rumours mount about the latter’s health, even with a potential candidate from Asia emerging as a frontrunner as well. Filipino Cardinal
June 27, 2022
The decision by the US Supreme Court to rule there is no constitutional right to abortion, turning the decision over to the country’s 50 states instead, will send shockwaves throughout the US and wider Catholic world – both of which appear divided on the issue. Six of the nine Supreme Court Justices are declared Catholics,
June 23, 2022
Later this year, a deal inked in 2018 between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Vatican will expire. The initial two-year agreement – whose terms remain secret – was already renewed once in 2020. Now after two years of COVID-19, revelations about genocide of the Muslim Uyghurs in western China, the collapse of Hong
June 22, 2022
As rumours continue to mount that Pope Francis could be on the verge of resigning, it is worth considering not just who the next Pontiff could be but what he would represent. The Pope will host a consistory to create 21 new cardinals later this year. The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals,
June 21, 2022
Rumours are mounting that Pope Francis is on the verge of resigning. Debate about the Pontiff’s poor health have persisted for some time, with the Holy Father recently seen in a wheelchair. Now the Pope has postponed a trip to Africa – amid fresh attacks against Nigerian Catholics – sending the rumour mill into overdrive. 
June 20, 2022
An American Catholic Bishop has been caught up in a row with a middle school over flying flags championing the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Gay Pride movements.  The Most Reverend Robert McManus – Bishop of Worcester – said BLM was a threat to Catholic values, as he stripped the Nativity School in Massachusetts of
June 20, 2022
Nigeria has been rocked by yet more attacks against the country’s sizeable Christian population. Africa’s most populous country – split nearly 50-50 between Christians (concentrated in the south) and Muslims (concentrated in the north, where Sharia law is widely implemented) – saw gunmen attack a Catholic Mass earlier this month, killing over fifty worshippers. That
June 16, 2022
A cultural Iron Curtain now very much divides the two halves of the EU. To the west, are the more progressive, ethnically diverse and secular states of western Europe. To the east, are the more traditionalist, more homogenous and largely re-Christianising former communist states. Slightly shocking perhaps to some then that the conservative and historically
June 14, 2022
Details have been released of Pope Francis’ comments about the conflict in Ukraine, regarding which he accused Russian troops of brutality while claiming the invasion violated the right to self-determination. As reported by Reuters, in the text of a conversation last month with editors of Jesuit media, the Pontiff praised Ukrainians for fighting for their
June 14, 2022
When it was established in 1947, the modern state of India offered the secular alternative to decidedly Islamic Pakistan. Yes, India was the Hindu-majority carve-out from the British Raj, while Pakistan (which comprised what is now Bangladesh and modern-day Pakistan under 1971) was to be the homeland of the Subcontinent’s Muslims, but for years India
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