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January 21, 2021
Ferdie Rous
The Catholic Church in Perth has been ordered to make a record payout of $2.45 million to a child abuse survivor, after a District Court ruling last week.
January 21, 2021
Ferdie Rous
In two letters, politicians, senior clergy and heads of aid organisations from around the world urged US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to end their economic sanctions on Syria. Citing an appeal at the end of December from the UN Special Rapporteur on Unilateral Coercieve Measures, Prof. Alena Douhan, they called
January 20, 2021
Christopher Altieri
"Under your leadership," Pope Francis wrote, "may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding." The president of the US bishops conference, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, echoed those sentiments in a statement on Wednesday, and also reiterated the bishops' opposition to many of the policies and legislative promises Biden has made.
January 19, 2021
Ferdie Rous
"For the love of God, send us oxygen" demand Bishops as Brazil's national health service quakes under the pressure of the new COVID-19 strain
January 19, 2021
Ferdie Rous
As Christian Unity week begins, Cardinal appeals for peace in strife stricken Myanmar
January 18, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Dr Eamon Martin apologised "unreservedly" for the treatment of unwed mothers in homes but points a finger at the failure of state inspectors
January 18, 2021
Catholic News Agency
When Father Harrison Ayre looks back on 2020 and the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the phrase that immediately comes to his mind is ‘dazed and confused.’
January 15, 2021
Christopher Altieri
Addressed to the Apostolic Nuncio in Indonesia, Archbishop Piero Pioppo, and signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, the telegram says Pope Francis was "saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the violent earthquake in Indonesia," and "expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster." "He prays for the repose of the deceased," the message goes on to say, "the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve." Pope Francis also offers special and particular encouragement to civil authorities, "and those involved in the continuing search and rescue efforts."
January 15, 2021
Ferdie Rous
French Bishops launched the campaign to tackle the “widespread blindness to the dignity of every human being” represented by the new law
January 15, 2021
Ferdie Rous
The New York Archdiocese put forward its own compensation program for victims of child abuse to avoid possible bankruptcy of local diocese should state legislation pass
January 14, 2021
Ferdie Rous
Open Doors, the charity supporting persecuted Christians around the world, published its 2021 list of the countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution
January 13, 2021
Ferdie Rous
According to Australia's financial watchdog, the error was due to a 'computing code error'