Dear Editor,  After the carnival (also described as ‘pentecostal’) celebration that marked the passing of the ‘yes’ vote in the recent referendum, it was interesting for me (who voted ‘no’) to react next morning feeling that nothing had changed – certainly for me. My views on homosexuality had in no way altered, nor was I…

50 The number of homeless and poor people led by Rome’s St Lucia parish, with financial assistance from Pope Francis, on a pilgrimage to see the Shroud of Turin on June 4. Parish priest Fr Antonio Nicolai said the Pope offered help to the pilgrims with “the conviction that, like the shroud, they represented the…

Social apathy and economic focus are consequences of financial crisis, says Cardinal The global financial crisis has driven a loss of meaning and social apathy, causing people to turn away from the common good in favour of a minimalist anthropology pointed towards economic function, according to the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The…

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called on Pope Francis to issue an apology to First Nations, Inuit, and Metis survivors, families, and communities for the Church's role in the spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of children in Catholic-run residential schools. The commission was established under the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement,…

Guatemala’s bishops have called for the country's electoral law to be overhauled and for political parties to wipe out corruption. In a pastoral letter, the bishops’ conference said it supported protesters who have held demonstrations across the country during the past month, demanding that President Otto Perez Molina, a former military general elected in 2011,…

French Catholics have called on the Church to support a campaign to stop Western companies from buying oil from Islamic State (IS). Arguing that oil purchases from Islamic State are effectively funding slaughter, Joseph Thouvenel, vice president of the French Confederation of Christian Workers and head of a new association, New Martyrs, says that 84…

As many as 135,000 people, according to organisers, took part in a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong to commemorate the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Describing the victims of the Tiananmen massacre as "our martyrs" who must not be forgotten, Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, said, “Some Catholics say that…