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July 29, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Latin America has long been associated with Catholicism. For the first time in history, the head of the Church is a Latin American. To this day, Brazil and Mexico rank as the second and third most Catholic countries on earth, while the Church has shaped both the social mores and politics of the region. Yet,
July 29, 2022
Dr Michael Nazir-Ali
In July 2022, just before Boris Johnson’s resignation, Nick Timothy—Theresa May’s former Chief of Staff—surveyed in the Daily Telegraph the detritus of law-breaking by lawmakers, parliamentary sleaze, cash-for-honours and the possible misleading of Parliament, and called for moral renewal in our nation and among our elected representatives. It is a highly laudable call, but how
July 28, 2022
The Catholic Herald
If demography and culture are destiny, then the Vatican – and wider Christian community – have a serious problem, in the Western world at least. The German Synodal Path may be an attempt at liberal pushback against what many German Catholics see as an alienating conservativism by the Vatican, but it faces an uphill struggle
July 28, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis arrived in Quebec on Wednesday as part of his pilgrimage of penance, atoning for the sins of the Catholic Church against indigenous Canadians, around 37 per cent of whom remain Catholic. But the visit is unlikely to reverse a huge decline of the Catholic faith in the North American country – not least
July 27, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Even as Pope Francis is undertakes a pilgrimage of penance across Canada – apologising for past atrocities committed by Catholic clergy against indigenous peoples – he has indicated the Vatican’s deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), a regime known for its brutality and repression, will be renewed once more. Coming just after reports that
July 26, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Catholic Church is struggling to hold together a diverse coalition, with increasingly different interpretations of what it means to be a Roman Catholic. Right now, for instance, Pope Francis is in Canada, asking indigenous residential school survivors for forgiveness. The Pontiff expressed “sorrow, indignation and shame”, and called the schools system a “disastrous error”.
Good ecclesiastical governance takes time, writes Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB FOUR APOSTOLIC LETTERS have already appeared this year; in 2021 there were eight, in 2020 five, and in 2019 another eight. In a pontificate now into its tenth year, Pope Francis has issued a total of 49; Benedict XVI issued 13 in eight years, and
July 25, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis landed in Canada on Sunday at the start of a week-long “pilgrimage of penance” which will focus on an apology for the abuse of indigenous children at Church-run residential schools. The papal plane touched down in Edmonton yesterday, while the Pope will visit a former residential school and meet with indigenous peoples on
July 22, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Ann Widdecombe, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister and MEP for the Brexit Party, speaks to fellow Catholic convert Dr Gavin Ashenden, in this 14th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for the Catholic Herald about the future of the Church of England to which they both once belonged. Miss Widdecombe says Anglicanism is terminally
July 22, 2022
The Catholic Herald
China’s persecution of Catholics has escalated, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, even as one Vatican official said the two sides are talking about opening a representative office in Beijing. According to spokesperson Joanne Ou, the Vatican has been requesting China’s permission for a representative office to be established since 1999. Yet, as the
July 21, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Holy See issued a statement on Thursday, warning that Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ – a movement designed to give lay members a say in the running of the Catholic Church – lacks the authority to instruct bishops on doctrine or morality, and warned of the dangers of splitting the Church.  In a statement issued by
July 21, 2022
Simon Caldwell
A grandmother has successfully challenged a penalty given to her while out walking and silently praying near an abortion facility. A police officer approached Rosa Lalor, 76, of Liverpool, during the lockdown in February 2021 and questioned her about why she was outdoors. She answered that she was “walking and praying”. The officer responded that
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