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October 09, 2019
October 09, 2019
The canonization of the first Brazilian-born female saint is making headlines across the country, putting news coverage of the country’s current political and economic difficulties on the backburner. The canonization has even delayed approval of the government’s most important Congressional bill, the social security reform. Brazil’s Senate has delayed the final vote until October 22,
October 09, 2019
The Vatican said on Wednesday that an Italian journalist it has previously corrected was not speaking accurately when he claimed that Pope Francis denied Christ’s divinity. “As already stated on other occasions, the words that Dr Eugenio Scalfari attributes in quotation marks to the Holy Father during talks with him cannot be considered a faithful
October 09, 2019
A contributor to the working document for the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon region made his case Wednesday for the priestly ordination of married men in the region. “I’m saying this with great sincerity – there is no other option,” Bishop Erwin Kräutler, the retired head of the Xingu prelature in Amazonian Brazil,
October 09, 2019
Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the Church. “The truth is that the Church is represented on earth by the vicar of Christ, that is by
October 09, 2019
In his general audience Wednesday, Pope Francis warned Catholics to not turn their faith into an ideology, as he said St Paul did when he was persecuting Christians before his conversion. St Paul, called Saul before his conversion, was “an ideologist; for Saul, religion had become ideology, religious ideology, social ideology, political ideology,” the Pope
October 09, 2019
Haiti “is dying” – according to a leading bishop – who has called on protestors to stop violent demonstrations, which have brought the country to a standstill. Echoing calls by other Church leaders for the government to act, Bishop Désinord Jean of Hinche spoke out against demonstrators who, he said, were making a bad situation
October 09, 2019
If one thing has become abundantly clear over the past several days, it is that the Synod of Bishops is not (even) a debating society. The rules governing proceedings in the full chamber are carefully crafted, and are being enforced to ensure that no actual debate takes place. Rather, there is talking in turns —
October 09, 2019
Victoria’s Director of Public Prosecutions has urged Australia’s High Court to refuse to hear a final appeal by Cardinal George Pell. A human rights group has said it is “deeply concerned” for the Christian and Yazidi communities of northeast Syria. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong has criticised Fiji’s “coup culture”. John Allen, Maureen Mullarkey, Brother Mark
October 09, 2019
THE TENSIONS OF A PONTIFICATE  Formally opening Synod-2019 at Mass in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter on October 6, Pope Francis preached a moving homily focused on the nature of the episcopate, during which he drew heavily on the second reading assigned for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of the Year (2 Timothy 1. 6-8, 13-14).