Category: World Report

South African bishops: Zuma’s resignation was long overdue

Jacob Zuma’s resignation as president of South Africa is long overdue, the country’s bishops have said, noting that his scandal-plagued presidency fostered corruption and dereliction of duty at all levels of government. “The fact that Mr. Zuma has been allowed to hold on to the highest position in the land despite long-standing and overwhelming evidence…

Pope decries toleration of widespread sex trafficking

Few people have considered how communities and nations actually tolerate and encourage human trafficking, particularly as it relates to prostitution, Pope Francis has said. Modern forms of slavery “are far more widespread than previously imagined, even within the most prosperous of our societies”, the Pontiff said during a meeting with an international group of law…

Olympic torch lit by devout South Korean Catholic

Catholic Olympic gold-medallist Yuna Kim lit the torch at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Korean skating sensation has long expressed a desire to use her public role to share the light of Christ by witnessing to her Catholic faith in international competitions and performances. Kim was honoured…

In Brief

India Catholic schools face militant threats The local government in insurgency-hit Manipur has assured Catholic schools in this northeastern Indian state that security will be stepped up if needed following media reports that militants have issued threats against them, seen as veiled at tempts at extortion. The schools were due to open this week after a six-week-long Christmas vacation…

Nun becomes 70th miraculous cure at Lourdes

As the Church celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a French bishop announced the 70th officially recognised miraculous cure of a pilgrim to the Lourdes grotto where Mary appeared 160 years ago. Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonnin of Beauvais formally declared this week “the prodigious, miraculous character” of the healing of Sr Bernadette Moriau, a…