- Nov 26, 2020
Rodrigo Duterte, set to be sworn into the presidency on Thursday, already has an adversarial relationship with the Church in Asia’s most Catholic nation, and now he’s vowed to promote artificial birth control aggressively nationwide in an effort to limit family size.
An official of the Turkish foreign ministry said Monday that Pope Francis’s reference to slaughters of Armenians under the Ottoman Turks in 1915 as a “genocide” will not help efforts to establish peace and stability in the region, after the pontiff defended his word choice in a news conference on Sunday.
After three decades under Cardinal Jaime Ortega, praised for his diplomatic skill but sometimes criticized by anti-Castro dissidents, the Cuban church has a new leader in Archbishop Juan de la Caridad Garcia, known for his personal simplicity and pastoral focus.
A “Holy and Great Council” of the Orthodox churches wrapped up on Sunday, and despite defections by key bodies such as the Russian Orthodox Church, organizers said they plan to repeat it within a decade, and Pope Francis described the gathering as “positive” and a “step forward.”
In Asia’s largest Catholic nation, scores of Filipino villagers don capes of banana leaves and cover themselves in mud in a ritual to thank their patron saint, St. John the Baptist, who they believe saved residents from being killed by Japanese invaders in World War II.
A decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upholds California’s 2014 order requiring seven insurance companies to rescind and re-issue policies covering workers at organizations whose leadership objects to abortion on moral grounds, such as Catholic universities.