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November 24, 2016
November 24, 2016
Church doctrine and canonical legislation can be complicated to navigate. Dubia seek to end confusion on all sorts of topics
November 24, 2016
The 15-minute meeting follows a steady improvement in relations between the two states
November 24, 2016
Abandoning a belief in absolute moral norms would be a catastrophe for the Church
November 24, 2016
The community looked after the now destroyed Basilica of St Benedict
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Buildings across the country were lit up to mark 'Red Wednesday'
November 24, 2016
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November 24, 2016
Last week was one of the strangest in Rome in recent memory. It began with the news that four cardinals had asked Pope Francis to answer five yes-or-no questions – known in Latin as dubia – about Amoris Laetitia, his exhortation on the family. They had submitted the queries in September, but decided to make
November 24, 2016
✣ Pope accuses Amoris critics of legalism What happened? Pope Francis has said the bishops who have criticised Amoris Laetitia suffer from a “certain legalism which can be ideological”. His comments came after a group of four cardinals wrote him a letter seeking clarification over some of the teachings in the apostolic exhortation. “Some, as with
November 24, 2016
✣ Highlights from the week online Curial voice at next conclave shrinks At Crux, John Allen considered the diminished curial influence in the election of a new pope after Francis’s creation of 17 new cardinals. During his papacy, only 13 per cent of Pope Francis’s cardinal picks have been Vatican officials. Traditionally, at least a quarter
November 24, 2016
Islamist “hyper-extremism” could destabilise the West, according to a report that studies religious freedom in all 196 of the world’s countries. Aid to the Church in Need’s survey of religious liberty said the “new phenomenon” had emerged since 2014 and was “unprecedented in its violent expression”. Hyper-extremism is characterised by a “radical system of law
November 24, 2016
the church is to mount a challenge in the High Court against a ruling by the Government’s schools adjudicator on admission policy to oversubscribed Catholic schools. The Catholic Education Service (CES) had brought in a new system to ensure that the 2,300 Catholic schools in England and Wales follow the same admissions policy. The Certificate
November 24, 2016
Meeting a mother mourning a newborn baby and visiting young women rescued from forced prostitution are moments from the Year of Mercy that remain impressed on Pope Francis’s heart. The Pope reviewed the Holy Year in a 40-minute interview aired last Sunday on TV­2000, a television station owned by the Italian bish­ops’ conference. Describing a