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Italian cardinal Sardi dies age 84

Cardinal Paolo Sardi, who served under five Popes, died over the weekend at Gemelli Hospital in Rome after a short illness. The 84-year-old Piem-ontese cardinal had been retired from his work in the Secretariat of State, where he coordinated the office which edits papal speeches and texts. He most recently had served as pro-patron and…

UN launches investigation into Philippine drug war

The UN Human Rights Council has approved a resolution to launch an investigation into the violent war on drugs taking place in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte. Approved last Thursday by a narrow margin, the resolution does not go as far as to create a full commission to examine the matter, but instead authorises…

Cardinal mourns ongoing deterioration of Venezuela

Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo said last week that conditions in Venezuela continue to deteriorate under the country’s socialist government. “We are living in an exceptional and unheard-of situation, which is not the result of war, nor of any armed conflict, or any natural catastrophe, and yet which is having similar consequences. The political regime…

New bill to educate about foetal development

A recently introduced bill in Ohio would add scientific information about the development of the unborn child to the state’s public and charter school curriculum. HB 90, known as the ‘Humanity of the Unborn Child’ bill, would direct the state board of education and department of health to create educational programming that “provides accurate, scientifically verifiable…

Russian Church debates ban on blessing of weapons

The Russian Orthodox Church is debating an end to the practice of blessing large scale weapons, including nuclear missiles. Last month, a committee on ecclesial law met in Moscow and recommended ending the practice of blessing missiles and warheads, and suggested that priests should instead bless only individual soldiers and their personal weapons. According to…

Martyrs’ courage should inspire Christians

Martyrs are a source of inspiration for Christians who are being called to “stand up for their Faith” in times of adversity, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. Speaking about the unveiling of the St Oliver Plunkett statue in honour of martyrs in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh,  Dr Martin told The Irish Catholic that the saint…

Vatican Roundup

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 Francis Human beings are called to praise God for his gift of creation, not be predators out to plunder the earth and all it contains, Pope Francis has said. In a message sent last week to participants of an Italian conference on the consequences of deforestation in…