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January 23, 2020
A married priest on clerical celibacy What’s the point of celibacy? At his blog, Fr Dwight Longenecker – a married priest – argued that it has little to do with the greater availability of the unmarried. “Yes, the celibate man is more available and ready to serve,” he wrote, “but we all know plenty of
January 23, 2020
Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino has this season cemented his status as one of Premier League’s best strikers. But last week he declared that his “biggest title” was the love of Jesus. The occasion was Firmino’s baptism, which took place in a swimming pool. The brief ceremony can be viewed on Firmino’s Instagram account. The baptism
January 23, 2020
Montreal Religious curriculum to be removed The government of Quebec is about to eliminate its Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum, the Catholic News Service reports. In announcing a public consultation about what should replace the programme, education minister Jean-François Roberge (pictured) said there was still “too much” religion in schools. This revision process “is
January 16, 2020
What happened? Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has entered the debate over the future of the priesthood, contributing to a book by Cardinal Robert Sarah, the Vatican’s liturgy chief, which defends the general rule of clerical celibacy. The book’s publication was marred by confusion over Benedict’s role. It was first announced as a jointly authored book,
January 16, 2020
What happened? The Hungarian government has announced that it will offer free IVF to women, in a move likely to increase tensions with the country’s Catholics. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán brought the country’s six fertility clinics under state ownership last month. He said that “we want Hungarian children instead of immigrants”. Why was it under-reported?
January 16, 2020
On Tuesday January 21, the Nine Days for Life novena begins. It includes the Day for Life on January 22, which the General Instruction of the Roman Missal calls a “day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of
January 16, 2020
The Catholics who occupied a cathedral At Charlotte Was Both, Amy Welborn praised an academic article by Jennifer Scheper Hughes, which looked at reforms in the Mexican Diocese of Cuernavaca in the 1950s. The bishop renovated the cathedral, removing saints’ images – which he said were a distraction from the Eucharist – and replacing the
January 16, 2020
You wait ages for an actor to receive an Oscar nomination for playing the pope, and then two come along at once. Jonathan Pryce has been nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Pope Francis in The Two Popes, while Anthony Hopkins is in the running for Best Supporting Actor for his role opposite
January 16, 2020
Covington, Kentucky CNN reaches settlement with Covington student   CNN has reached an undisclosed settlement with Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky Catholic high school student who sued the cable news outlet for defamation over its coverage of a confrontation that occurred after last year’s March for Life, the Catholic News Service reports. Sandmann, a junior last
January 09, 2020
What happened? Pope Francis has apologised for slapping the hand of a woman who reached out and grabbed him on New Year’s Eve. Film of the incident went viral. The Pope was greeting people in the crowd on his way to the Nativity scene in St Peter’s Square when a woman reached out and pulled
January 09, 2020
What happened? According to the Vatican’s missionary agency Fides, 29 missionaries were killed around the world last year. Of these, 18 were priests, one was a deacon, two were nuns and eight were laymen. For the second year running the most deaths were in Africa: 15, including 12 priests. In all, 12 were killed in
January 09, 2020
The Bishops of England and Wales have dedicated 2020 as a year of focus on the Bible, entitled “The God Who Speaks”, celebrating, living and sharing God’s word. This was inspired by 2020 being the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic exhortation on the Word of the Lord, and the 1,600th anniversary
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