Category: World Report

African archbishops praises Zambian women

Catholic women in Zambia have been described as the “heartbeat” of parishes by the President of the Zambia Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Mpundu thanked women for their active role in the Church, saying: “Women are the heartbeat of our parishes and the church in general, without them, the Church would be dead.” He spoke…

Vatican Roundup

Pope Francis responds to nine-year-old’s pilgrimage invitation An Italian boy called Andrea invited the Pope to join him and other children on a “Pilgrimage of Joy” to the Marian Shrine of Loreto Italy. The nine-year-old was so moved by his experience that he asked the Pontiff to join him next year. Pope Francis replied: “Thanks…

Gaining from an endless papal honeymoon

Right now, as Inés San Martín reports in this week’s International Analysis (facing) there’s a fascinating drama unfolding in the Diocese of Ahiara in Nigeria, where Pope Francis has thrown down one of the most authoritarian gauntlets we’ve seen any Pope fling in a long time. He’s threatened every priest of the diocese, no matter…

Answers from a troubled diocese

Inés San Martín Days after time ran out for the priests of an entire Nigerian diocese to write and apologise for having refused to accept their bishop for the past five years, Pope Francis, through some of his closest advisers, has begun to respond to each of them. “The Pope promised he would write back,…

Tomb of Christ re-opens to pilgrims

Christian pilgrims can once again visit one of the Faith’s holiest sites. The restored tomb in which Jesus’ body is believed to have been buried following his crucifixion has been reopened following extensive restoration and conservation work. Housed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, it was closed for the nine-month…

Victim of Venezuelan clashes

A child receives medical attention after being aff ected by tear gas during clashes at a July 9 protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas. The country’s bishops have warned that the government is attempting to establish a military dictatorship. Photo: CNS