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November 21, 2019
Cairo’s ‘garbage people’ look to God In First Things, Matthew Schmitz described Cairo’s “garbage people”: Christians who collect the city’s litter and are on the economic, social and religious margins of the city. “More than the trash they collect, the God they kneel to makes them objects of contempt,” he wrote. But Garbage City, the region
November 21, 2019
The Catechism may soon have a few more sins in it. Pope Francis has said that, inspired by final document of the Amazon synod, he is considering adding a section on the mistreatment of the earth. “We should be introducing – we were thinking – in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the sin against
November 21, 2019
I pray that the destructive power of nuclear weapons will never be unleashed again in human history Pope Francis Video message ahead of his trip to Japan We would have needed a trial for heresy Cardinal Daniel DiNardo thanks the US bishops for voting unanimously to support making St Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church
November 21, 2019
Washington, DC Paid family leave high on the agenda, says Ivanka Trump US politicians are moving towards giving increased support to families, Ivanka Trump has said. Speaking at a National Review Institute event, President Trump’s daughter said that “For the first time in the history of the paid family leave discussion, we’re getting to a
November 14, 2019
What happened?  Mary McAleese, the former president of the Irish Republic, has criticised the Church for ‘imposing’ the Sacrament of Baptism.  In a lecture at Trinity College Dublin, McAleese said that Baptism involves “the imposition of lifelong membership which can never be rescinded”, and that this contradicts human rights law, under which a child should
November 14, 2019
What happened?  A US radio station has claimed to have received a new message from the convent of Sister Agnes Sasagawa of Akita, a Japanese nun who claimed to have received a message from Mary in 1973. WQPH claims that, last month, Sister Agnes said an angel had urged her to ask Catholics to say
November 14, 2019
Pope Francis’s trip to Thailand and Japan begins on Tuesday November 19, when he flies from Rome to Bangkok. The visit will begin with a welcoming ceremony in the courtyard of Government House. The Pope will meet Thailand’s religious and political leaders, visit a hospital, and celebrate Mass at the national stadium, before leaving for
November 14, 2019
The vital role churches played in 1989 In the Church Times, Anglican clergyman Alexander Faludy said the contribution of churches to the events of 1989 is often overlooked. In East Germany, for instance, political dissatisfaction was channelled by the Protestant Nikolaikirche in Leipzig, which held “Prayers for Peace” on Monday evenings. These prayers implicitly challenged the
November 14, 2019
Would morality collapse if people stopped believing in God? Today even bishops hesitate to suggest such a thing publicly, but the world’s best-known atheist suspects it might. Speaking at the Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, Richard Dawkins said: “People may feel free to do bad things because they feel God is no longer
November 14, 2019
“We’ve got so much to thank God for … We’re so clever we could blow each other up … we don’t love one another … Our Lord Jesus said he’ll be back, and He will” World War II veteran Harry Billinge, 94 BBC Breakfast “It is necessary to overcome the legacy of the Enlightenment” Pope
November 14, 2019
Washington, DC Rubio calls for ‘common good capitalism’ One of the US’s best-known Catholic politicians has called for a new economic model based on Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum. In a speech at the Catholic University of America, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said America had “drifted far from” Leo’s vision of an economy “in which workers
November 07, 2019
What happened? The man who threw the controversial “Pachamama” statues into the Tiber has come forward. Alexander Tschugguel, a 26-year-old Austrian, said the statues were idols. He told the National Catholic Register: “Being Catholic means being clear, and the problem is that even the high officials in the Vatican called them ‘Pachamamas’. It was an
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