Belgians say new euthanasia laws are being abused

Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country’s euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards. Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels said “not just the Church’s hierarchy, but doctors and medical professionals as well” were concerned. The Belgian Church’s Cathobel news agency published an article saying the Federal Euthanasia Control…

Debate needed on blessing same-sex marriages – German bishop

The vice president of the German bishops’ conference has urged a debate on whether Catholic clergy should bless same-sex unions. “I’m concerned with fundamental questions of how we deal with each other; although ‘marriage for all’ differs clearly from the Church’s concept of marriage, it’s now a political reality,” said Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabruck.…

Missing priest taken by Chinese government

A Chinese priest involved with the country’s underground Catholic Church has been missing ever since government officials took him just after Christmas for “re-educating”. Fr Lu Danhua of Lishui Diocese of China’s eastern Zhejiang province was the only priest of the diocese, and took over from Kenneth Roderick Turner of Scarboro Foreign Mission Society from 1948…

Vatican names trustee to lead scandal ridden Peru order

The Vatican has named a Colombian bishop to be the trustee of the scandal-plagued Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a Catholic movement based in Peru. The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life appointed Bishop Noel Londono Buitrago of Jerico, Colombia, trustee of the group, the Vatican press office announced. Pope Francis, the…

Holy Land Christians ‘not forgotten’ – bishop

A group of bishops from around the world is visiting the Holy Land to remind Christians there that they are not forgotten by their fellow Christians, Derry’s Bishop Donal McKeown has said. Bishop McKeown is visiting Israel and the Palestinian Territories as part of an international delegation of bishops from Europe, North America and Africa.…

Religious leaders warn against US decision on Jerusalem

In Brief   Church leaders in the Middle East are intensifying efforts to combat US President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as well as plans to move the US embassy there. “The two-state solution is accepted by all the world, including the Vatican. It corresponds to the legitimate resolutions passed by…

Mother
 of
 Bobby 
Sands
 dies

News In Brief   The mother of well-known hunger striker Bobby Sands was remembered as a principled and devout woman by her daughter. Rosaleen Sands died last week aged 95 and her funeral was held in St Oliver Plunkett’s Church in Blackrock, Louth. According to The Irish News her daughter, Bernadette Sands-McKevitt said at the…