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July 20, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis represented a significant break from previous Popes. Although of Italian descent, the Pope comes from Latin America and this has clearly shaped his more liberal perspective and general worldview. His background in Argentina – a country where Indigenous communities suffered greatly – may also help the Pope with his visit of reconciliation to
July 18, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The cultural Iron Curtain dividing the European Union (EU) between an secular, post-national and progressive west, and a re-Christianising, nationalist and traditionalist east is becoming more entrenched. Late last Friday, the European Commission decided to sue Hungary over what it sees as an anti-LGBT law as well as Budapest’s refusal to renew the license of
July 14, 2022
The Catholic Herald
As Europe comes under increasing energy and inflation pressures after COVID and the war in Ukraine, Brussels is yet again piling pressure on conservative Catholic-majority states in central and eastern Europe in what the latter sees as an ongoing thinly-veiled attempt to impose liberal values on the conservative-nationalist region. Yesterday, the EU told Hungary and
July 14, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The 20th century was a great era for popes, with several recognised as saints. Pope Francis himself has canonised Pope St John XXIII, Pope St Paul VI and Pope St John Paul II and the cause of Venerable Pope Pius XII, who hid 477 Roman Jews from the Nazis in the Vatican and a further
July 13, 2022
Eduardo Campos Lima
Colombia’s President-elect Gustavo Petro proposed on July 5 a bilateral ceasefire between the government’s security forces and the left-wing guerrillas – especially the National Liberation Army (known by the Spanish acronym ELN) – that have been active in the South American country since the 1960s. That seems to be an important step in the peace
July 13, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis has encouraged young people gathered at the European Union Youth Conference in the Czech Republic to present to the world “a new face of Europe”, and one which is more inclusive. “As young Europeans,” he stressed, “you have an important mission. If in the past your ancestors went to other continents, not always
July 11, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The priest brother TV presenter Declan Donnelly died from a suspected bleed on the brain, friends have said. Fr Dermott Donnelly, 55, was taken to North Durham Hospital after he complained of a headache then collapsed. He was parish priest at St Joseph’s Church in Stanley, County Durham, and the older brother of Declan Donnelly,
July 11, 2022
The Catholic Herald
President eyes the midterms while US Catholics divided
July 11, 2022
Simon Caldwell
A Catholic MP has thrown his hat in the ring to be the next Prime Minister following the downfall of Boris Johnson. Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Kent, announced his intention to stand as leader of the Government on the on the same day Mr Johnson resigned from office. A former
July 08, 2022
The Catholic Herald
In the 12th episode of the Merely Catholic podcast series for The Catholic Herald, Dr Gavin Ashenden talks to the highly distinguished European political scientist Professor John Loughlin, a Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford, an Emeritus Fellow and former Tutor at St Edmund’s College, former Director of the Von Hügel Institute, and a Senior Fellow and
July 08, 2022
John Cookson
Peninah was only 24-years-old when her husband Paul was murdered by Al-Shabaab terrorists in Kenya. Attackers with Kalashnikovs, lined the men up in the street and demanded they recite sections of the Koran. Paul was a Christian and they shot him. In Afghanistan, the Taliban dragged Zabi’s 60-year-old Christian father away into the night. After
July 07, 2022
The Catholic Herald
In the teeth of liberal opposition, Pope Francis says he wants to give women more high-level positions within the Holy See. According to Reuters, the Pontiff will name women to a previously all-male committee which helps him select Catholic bishops. A new constitution for the Holy See’s administration – which came into effect in June
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