- October 17, 2016
Critics have seen the idea of a 'Consistent Ethic of Life' as code for ignoring or playing down abortion, and in some cases they may have a point, but that's not how the vast majority of Church leaders such as Pope Francis see it.
The English bishop William Kenney is a key figure in the official Catholic-Lutheran dialogue, and will be with Pope Francis in Sweden at the end of the month. He believes unity is a matter of decades away, and it's possible that Francis may use the trip to make a gesture on inter-communion.
Beyond Trump v. Clinton, the other race of keen interest to American Catholics in 2016 is the mid-November election of new leadership for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, with the results certain to be read as an index of where the American hierarchy stands vis-à-vis Pope Francis.
In Gaitlinburg, Tennessee, St. Mary’s Catholic Church sees itself as the “Parish of the Smokies,” with families, hikers and nature-lovers from across the country and around the world routinely outnumbering local parish members at Sunday Mass.
In one of the tensest and most violence-prone corners of the world, the tiny Samaritan minority in the West Bank manages to create a zone of peace where both Israelis and Palestinians feel safe, in a tradition of compassion and understanding that stretches back to the Bible.
Many Iraqi Christians are closely watching the current offensive to retake Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, from Islamic State forces. Each battlefield advance brings hope that they can return home, but they also fear what they might find when they get there.
German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has published a new book saying that the guiding idea of both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis is that the Church orient itself by the Gospel, not the standards of the world.
Created in 2011, the annual Ratzinger Prize is designed to honor outstanding theological work in the spirit of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI, and this year for the first time one of the recipients is an Orthodox Christian.
The Vatican and Egypt’s prestigious Sunni Muslim center of Al-Azhar are resuming their dialogue, at a time that Egypt under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is pressing its campaign against Islamic extremism both at home and across the Middle East.
Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm, Sweden, the country’s only Catholic bishop, say most native Swedes who join the Church come from university circles and are attracted by its embrace of reason, its theological depth, and its social doctrine.
As far back as Pope Pius XII popes and the Vatican have been denouncing nuclear weapons and calling for complete nuclear disarmament, and the pope’s envoy to the United Nations was at it again this week, insisting on respect for the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
As the doors of the traditional papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo are thrown open to the public today, it’s worth recalling that during WWII the same thing happened, only not for a museum tour but to save the lives of refugees, displaced persons and people hunted by the Nazis.READ MORE
Cardinals are by definition a big deal, but it’s by no means automatic that all will one day be hailed as saints. In the pope’s latest crop of new cardinals, however, one already is — Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of the Central African Republic, hailed as one of the “three saints of Bangui” for his peacemaking efforts.READ MORE
As part of Pope Francis’s ongoing financial clean-up operation at the Vatican, the Holy See and Italy have entered into a new agreement that requires all individuals and entities with accounts at the so-called ‘Vatican bank’ to report income for Italian tax purposes.READ MORE
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Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai said that on Sunday the Church in India was already planning to observe a special Day of Prayer for the nation and provide medical services for those dozens injured in the aftermath of a stampede in which 24 people died.READ MORE
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles says what he took away from the Vatican’s “baby bishops school” is a stronger sense of his ordination not just for L.A., but for the whole Church, and a new appreciation for the staggering variety of challenges the Church faces around the world.READ MORE