Category: World Report

Call for young Catholics to protest in Hong Kong

Amid ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong, Catholics and other Christians have been urged to take a “major role” in protests against the government, as speculation of imminent military intervention from China continues to grow. “For this movement, it’s a great chance for the Catholics and [Protestant] Christians to cooperate with each other,” the acting…

New abuse reporting system ‘important step’ for Church accountability

In advance of a mandated national third-party reporting system for allegations or complaints regarding bishops, the Catholic dioceses of four New England states have launched a third-party, independent system to report abuse by Catholic bishops. The dioceses in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine make up the Boston Province, led by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley,…

Largest petition in Congo’s history calls for real democracy

Catholic leaders in Congo have gathered more than 1.5 million signatures on a petition that demands local elections to curb corruption and strengthen democracy. “Democracy must have roots right down to (the) local level, and people must be allowed to designate who governs them,” said Msgr Andre Massinganda, deputy secretary-general of the Congolese bishops’ conference.…

Australian prelate ready to defy law over Confession seal

The Archbishop of Melbourne has said he is prepared to defy a proposed new law that would force priests in the Australian state of Victoria to violate the seal of Confession. The proposed legislation would include priests in mandatory reporting laws in cases of child sexual abuse, without any priest-penitent exceptions. “Personally, I’ll keep the…

Vatican Roundup

God always stands by the suffering – Pope Francis In hopeless situations of pain and suffering, God never abandons his children but rather remains close to them, Pope Francis said. “God’s answer to our pain is a closeness, a presence that accompanies us, that doesn’t leave us alone. Jesus made himself the same as us…

In Brief

Archbishop asks for ‘sensible solutions’ to violence After a standoff between police and a gunman in Philadelphia last week, in which six officers were shot, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has praised the work of the responding officers and called for solutions to root causes of violence. “The terror that filled yesterday serves as a…