Category: World Report

Bishops worldwide unite in call for Cameroon peace talks

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling on the Cameroon government to hold urgent peace talks with the country’s English-speaking separatists and moderates. Church leaders are urging the country’s president, Paul Biya, to enter into negotiations to find a peaceful settlement that addresses the grievances of the Anglophone community. A Swiss NGO has offered…

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Hong Kong suspends Church services until February 28

Catholic officials in Hong Kong have been forced to cancel all Church programs for the next two weeks and cancel the Ash Wednesday liturgy due to the growing threat of the coronavirus. All public Masses on Sundays and weekdays from February 15-28 and the liturgy of Ash Wednesday have been suspended, said Cardinal John Tong,…

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Global news outlet says investigation into pro-life group was not biased

An online publication has rebuked claims that a recent investigative report into an international pro-life group was fuelled by bias. Heartbeat International (HBI) had issued a statement on February 13 which said that an investigation into their crisis pregnancy centres throughout the world by openDemocracy was swayed by pro-choice bias. However, openDemocracy said that HBI’s…

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UN Aid for former Sudan child soldiers may cease

UNICEF has warned that critical reintegration programmes for children released from armed forces and groups in Sudan may be forced to shut down in March due to lack of funding. Around 900 children are registered for release, but without new funding, UNICEF says they will not be able to provide support as they transition to…

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Bishops in Philippines avoid prison for sedition charges

Two priests in the Philippines have avoided jail time by posting bail after they were charged with trying to destabilise the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Fr Albert Alejo and Fr Flavie Villanueva were indicted in connection with an online video linking President Duterte and his family to illegal activity. The Philippines Department of Justice last…

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Vatican Round Up

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Pope Pope Francis warned against letting our hearts wander unwittingly into “apostasy”, stressing that we lose loyalty to God when “relativising” and negotiating with money, vanity and pride. The Pontiff cited the story of King Solomon, who turns away from the Lord in his old age, in his homily at…

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In Brief

Cross demolisher to oversee Hong Kong, Macau affairs The architect of the cross removal and Church destruction campaign in the China province of Zhejiang has been appointed Head of the Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs. Xia Baolong, 67, is an ally of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and in 2013 became the Communist Party’s…

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Pope calls for protection of Syrian women and children

Pope Francis has appealed for the protection of women and children fleeing violence in Syria, where more than half a million people have been displaced in the past two months. Around 520,000 have been displaced from their homes since December during the Syrian government’s offensive in Idlib province – Syria’s last rebel-held territory – which…

Media must develop culture of respect, says Vatican communication head

The Prefect of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication has claimed that media has degenerated into platforms on which to disseminate hatred. Dr Paolo Ruffini said that communication is supposed to be constructive, connect people and promote understanding. However, the Vatican representative states that just as “evil cannot be fought with evil, truth cannot be served…

Bangladesh court supports ban on prenatal gender detection

The Bangladesh High Court has called for the government to justify its stance on allowing prenatal gender detection technology, which groups favouring gender equality and the right to life are seeking to ban. The court stated that the government must explain its failure to regulate the technology should not be considered as illegal. Supreme Court…