• Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    Catalonia the elephant in the room at Vatican summit on Europe

    • Oct 27, 2017

    While the Vatican hosted a major summit on Europe on Friday featuring some 350 spiritual and political leaders from across the continent, nobody seemed eager to touch the big European story of the day — Catalonia’s vote to declare independence, and Spain’s move to impose direct rule. That may reflect both the sensitivity of the issue, and the fact that the Church isn’t of one mind.

  • Pope Francis reportedly against the division of Spain

    • Oct 7, 2017

    The Spanish ambassador to the Vatican, Ambassador Gerardo Bugallo, had a private meeting with Pope Francis, and afterwards a weekly Catholic magazine Vida Nueva, wrote that the pope spoke to Bugallo about the “Holy See’s position against every self-determination process that is not justified by a process of decolonization.”

  • Priest creates appearance of Mass as cover for Catalan independence vote

    Priest creates appearance of Mass as cover for Catalan independence vote

    • Oct 4, 2017

    Sunday’s independence vote in Catalonia divided not only the broader Spanish society, but also the Catholic Church. One priest in Catalonia who backed the independence drive went so far as to fake celebrating a Mass on Sunday in order to provide cover while ballots were counted, with the idea being that Spanish police would be hesitant to barge in if they thought Mass was underway.