The lack of vocations is causing a crisis in the number of priests available to serve in the United States. However, nearly half of those seriously considering a vocation can’t go forward because of crippling student debt.
Georgetown University’s John Carr has been a leading figure in the American Church’s campaign for social justice for decades. He says Pope Francis’s mission and message have given us tremendous momentum and generated interest from people who now see links between religion and politics in new ways.
Bishop Tharcisse Tshibangu, now 80, served as Africa's lone theological expert at the Second Vatican Council, and he's given his life to the quest for an African Catholic theology that's both authentically universal but also authentically, and vibrantly, African.
From March 22-25, the University of Notre Dame is hosting a major conference in Rome titled, “African Christian Theology: Memories and Mission for the 21st century.” It brings together bishops, theologians, activists, laity and religious, representing a cross-section of the African church. Crux will be providing extensive coverage throughout the event.
A suspected terrorist attack outside the seat of Parliament left four people dead, including the attacker, in London on Wednesday. The incident has led to an outpouring of support to the people of the United Kingdom.Read more
The Pope’s top adviser, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, says Europe must regain its religious and cultural heritage if it wants to “get its soul back.” The Vatican Secretary of State was speaking ahead of the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established what is now the European Union.Read more
The world’s newest independent country, South Sudan, has been torn by a civil war since 2013. Speaking to Crux, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, said he hopes the expected visit by Pope Francis in October will be a sign of hope for the young nation.Read more
In the short amount of time since women have begun being actively engaged in theology in Africa, they have made a significant contribution. M. Shawn Copeland, professor of theology at Boston College, told Crux what has been done and what future steps can be taken to improve the role of women in the Church.Read more
Pope Francis held his weekly general audience on Wednesday, focusing on the virtue of perseverance. He also spoke about the importance of protecting water, and urged people to take part in the “24 hours for the Lord” event taking place in parishes around the world on March 23-24.Read more
Pope Francis challenged a major conference on Africa taking place in Rome this week to “discern ways in which the Gospel can be rendered more credible in the African context.” The March 22-25 gathering is sponsored by the University of Notre Dame.Read more
The restoration of the Edicule – the shrine in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses the very spot Jesus was said to have been buried – has been completed. Concern for the church’s stability has brought rival Christian communities together to help in renovations, ushering in a “new era” of cooperation.Read more
Christian commentators have been arguing on social media in recent days on whether the sharp cuts in assistance to the poor proposed in President Trump’s budget would outrage Jesus or if the translation of a Bible passage suggests the opposite.Read more
Because of demographics, the way that major global issues play out there, and the emergence of a new generation of Catholic leaders, Africa is destined to be where the Catholic future is forged in the early 21st century, meaning that an ‘African moment’ is upon the Church.READ MORE
The world’s newest independent country, South Sudan, has been torn by a civil war since 2013. Speaking to Crux, Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe, said he hopes the expected visit by Pope Francis in October will be a sign of hope for the young nation.READ MORE
“Mary does not shut herself up at home or let herself be paralyzed by fear or pride,” Pope Francis wrote in a message for World Youth Day 2017. “Mary is not the type that — to be comfortable — needs a good sofa where she can feel safe and sound. She is no couch potato!”READ MORE
Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, sent a letter to House members, praising the inclusion of “critical life protections” in the House health care bill but stressing that some aspects, such as accessibility and Medicaid, remain “troubling.”READ MORE
Coadjutor Archbishop Michael Byrnes wrote a pastoral letter in an effort to set the record straight regarding the practices of the Neocatechumenal Way in Guam. Byrnes warned of a “growing sense of distress” and called the movement to celebrate Mass at a consecrated altar and consume the Blessed Sacrament immediately.READ MORE