- Jun 22, 2021
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s trial over leaked documents has taken a complicated but expected turn with the birth of a baby named Pietro. Francesca Chaouqui, a public relations expert and member of a papal reform commission, gave birth Tuesday just as the trial in which she is a defendant
While the Russian Orthodox Church, by far the largest Orthodox church in the world, wants a “Holy and Great Council” set to open June 19 on Crete to be postponed, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople will arrive in Crete Wednesday determined to press ahead.
Chinese Christian dissident lawyer Gao Zhisheng talked with The Associated Press on the eve of the launch of his memoir, using a messaging app to circumvent constant surveillance. Among other things, he described a dental problem he can’t fix because security services are blocking treatment.
Pennsylvania’s Solicitor General told members of the State Senate on Monday that proposals to expand time limits for filing sexual abuse lawsuits would violate the “remedies clause” of the state’s constitution, with some lawmakers saying they’ll vote for it anyway and others expressing doubts.
Local officials say the killing of eleven members of a Mexican family Thursday night, including five women, four men and two girls, may have been related to tensions between Evangelicals and Catholics, although the mayor said it’s also possible it was a family rivalry.
Parades in Poland and Croatia come amid mounting right-wing sentiments that pose new challenges to gay rights activists, while in Italy, the gay pride celebration comes after lawmakers granted some legal rights to same-sex couples.
A private art project has created a temporary replica of the chapel in Mexico’s art deco Monument to the Revolution, using more than 2.7 million photographs printed on cloth and hung from a metal framework. It’s free and open to the public through June 30.
A spokesperson for the Bulgarian Orthodox Church says its decision not to participate in the “Great and Holy Council,” designed to bring together the heads of all 14 independent Orthodox churches in Crete later this month, is final. Organizers say the summit is going ahead anyway, and Pope Francis is sending a Vatican delegation to observe.