Category: World Report

Bishops express ‘heartfelt prayer’ for murdered journalists in Ecuador

Ecuadorian bishops have expressed their “deep concern” and “sorrow” at the killing of two journalists and their driver who were kidnapped after crossing their country’s border into Colombia. A statement from the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference has called for an end to violence and injustice by armed political and social groups following the “violent murder” of the team of…

At least eight Canadian dioceses withhold cash after ‘alarming’ revelations in overseas aid charity

Citing “alarming concerns” related to an ongoing investigation, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto has joined bishops from other dioceses across Canada in withholding funds from the overseas development agency of the Canadian bishops’ conference. At least eight dioceses have suspended financial support to Development and Peace following preliminary results of a probe that found some…

In Brief

HIV increase among Filipino migrant workers causes alarm At least 11% of 52,280 Filipinos who have tested positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or who have developed AIDS are migrant workers, a new report shows. The Philippines’ Department of Health revealed there are 5,537 Filipinos working abroad who tested positive for HIV or AIDS. Church…

Father pleads with Pope to help son

The father of a 23-month old boy who has been at the centre of a life support battle privately met with the Pope today, pleading for “asylum” in Italy so that his ill son may receive alternative medical care, rather than be euthanised. Tom Evans and his partner, Kate James, are battling with Alder Hey…

Bishops slam deployment of US troops to Mexican border

The Mexican bishops’ conference criticised US President Donald Trump’s plan to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border and issued a strong defence of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by “in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions”. The letter, addressed to people in Mexico,…

World mourns Canada teens killed in truck crash

Grieving people gathered at a hockey arena in Canada for an interfaith service to mourn 15 people who died after the bus carrying the town’s junior hockey team collided with a truck. “I don’t want to be here, but it’s good that we are,” said the Rev. Sean Brandow, the Humboldt Broncos team chaplain and…

Former diplomat jailed by Vatican on child abuse charges

After months of investigation, Vatican police have arrested a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington on charges related to the possession and distribution of images of child abuse. The Vatican said that Msgr Carlo Alberto Capella was taken into custody by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State’s promoter…