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December 01, 2015
Pope Francis called for Kenya to support its families during his first public Mass in Africa. In his homily, Francis urged the country to resist practices “which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women and threaten the life of innocent children”. He also called on Kenyans to shape a more just society that looked
December 01, 2015
Pope Francis has named Mgr Steven Lopes the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves groups of former Anglicans living in full communion with the Catholic Church. Bishop-designate Lopes, 40, succeeds Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, 63, who has led the ordinariate in the United States, called the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, since
December 01, 2015
Vatican trial over leaks is postponed for a week A Vatican trial against two Italian journalists, a Spanish monsignor and two others has been postponed for a week to allow one of the defendants to change lawyers. One of the five, the author Emiliano Fittipaldi, has described the trial as “Kafka-esque”. Koreans pray for the Church in
December 01, 2015
Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey (DLT, £9.99). Subtitled Making Peace with an Evolving Faith, this candid and humorous book explores the common experience of feeling that nothing is “quite right” and that “nothing is where it belongs any more”. Bessey, a Canadian, married with four young children, uses incidents, setbacks and lessons from her
December 01, 2015
Damasus spent 20 years as pope during the last years of the Roman Empire’s greatness. Born in 305AD in what is now Portugal, he grew up during the reign of Constantine, who introduced tolerance for Christianity but also divided the empire and moved the capital east. As a young man he moved to Rome and
December 01, 2015
1 Students at Saint Benedict Catholic Voluntary Academy in Derby have handed over more than 150 Christmas shoeboxes to the local Rotary Club.   2 Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe, Great Manchester, unveils its “buddy bench”, aimed at eliminating loneliness and fostering friendship in the playground.   3 A student ambassador at St
December 01, 2015
✣ Pope hails ‘wisdom of the poor’ in Nairobi What happened? The Pope denounced the conditions slum-dwellers had to live in during a visit to a Nairobi slum last week, saying that access to safe water was a human right and that everyone should have dignified housing. Francis insisted on access to a basic sewage system, rubbish
December 01, 2015
✣ Highlights from the week online A good man maligned Tim Muldoon of Aleteia wrote about the film Spotlight, based on the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the clerical abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. Muldoon raised concerns about the portrayal of the public relations officer at Boston College, Jack Dunn. Muldoon quoted
December 01, 2015
Pope Francis has appointed two auxiliary bishops to the Diocese of Westminster, Canon Paul McAleenan and Mgr John Wilson. The episcopal ordinations of Canon McAleenan, a priest of Westminster diocese, and Mgr Wilson, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, will take place in Westminster Cathedral on January 25, the feast of the Conversion of St
December 01, 2015
A senior official at Lourdes has hailed British pilgrimages as the best in the world. Dr Alessandro de Franciscis, president of the Office of Medical Observations, said that pilgrimages organised in Britain and Ireland were so good that he was proposing them as a model for the rest of the world. “If you asked me what
December 01, 2015
The High Court in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation is in breach of human rights laws. In a landmark ruling the court declared that abortion should be available in the case of foetal abnormality or rape. The 1967 Abortion Act does not currently apply in the province, where abortion is only permitted when
December 01, 2015
The Catholic Church has welcomed the launch of an independent inquiry into child abuse in England and Wales and has set up a council to assist with inquiries. The national inquiry will examine 12 different institutions and locations, including the Church of England, Rochdale council and political institutions in Westminster, and will be chaired by Judge
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