- Jan 17, 2020
A priest shortage led a Canadian bishop to make a request through the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments for permission to have Sister Pierrette Thiffault of the Sisters of Providence perform a wedding ceremony.
The Netherlands became the world’s first country to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2002 and has since witnessed a rapid increase in related deaths, with 20 now occurring daily, according to a May report by the Regional Euthanasia Commission. A new assisted suicide bill, introduced in 2016, would allow healthy people suffering nonmedical conditions such as “loneliness, bereavement, limited mobility and decline from old age” to be helped to die by a nonprofessional “assistant-in-suicide.”
A gigantic mechanical spider called Kumo caused quite the stir in Ottawa, Ontario. A spectacle, which included pyrotechnics, music and robotic spiders, took place before the city’s Notre Dame Cathedral but some called it out for being “demonic,” “disrespectful” and even “sacrilegious.”
In the spirit of a Church that pushes evermore toward the peripheries, the 18th annual convention of the African Conference of Catholic Clergy and Religious in the United States met to address the upcoming concerns and hopes for the growing demographic.
After an internal crisis that led to the resignation of the order’s former grand master, Fra’ Matthew Festing, the head of the Knights of Malta’s Italian relief corps reminds people of one of the primary focuses of the centuries old order: helping migrants, the poor and the marginalized.
Thousands of young people hailing from many Asian countries gathered to celebrate Asian Youth Day on July 30. The meeting, modeled on World Youth Day, is an opportunity for participants to stay with local Catholic families and to overcome differences as well as cultural barriers.