Category: World Report

Former students end lawsuit against diocese in England

Former students of a Catholic college in Manchester who allege they were abused by three priests based there have abandoned their lawsuit against Salford diocese. The men, one-time students at St Bede’s College, argued that the diocese had failed to protect them from sexual abuse perpetrated as far back as the 1950s by three priests,…

Icon tour seen as an invitation to prayer

An iconic image of Our Lady begins a nationwide tour this week that will see stops in every diocese in Ireland. The ‘Pilgrim Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help’, which was blessed yesterday by Pope Francis, was due to arrive in Dublin airport this morning (Thursday). The icon, newly written in Poland, is to…

Indian Christians need protection warns Council chief

India’s government has been called upon to protect Christians during Holy Week, following recent attacks on Christian communities in the country. Addressing the National Commission for Human Rights, Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians, said: “It seems that praying in India has become a crime. Christians are not treated like…

Children left without classes in Nicaragua

About 2,100 children in Nicaragua can no longer attend school because teachers in over 60 schools have been driven from their posts by armed groups, a local bishop has said. Estelí’s Bishop Abelardo Mata,who has visited the area around San José de Bocay, said teachers in the area have been threatened by militants who want…

Church in India must push for renewal

Renewal must be a priority for the Church in India, the country’s bishops have said. In a statement following their biennial assembly, the bishops noted the Church’s “excessive preoccupation with institutionalisation, insufficient zeal and fear of proclaiming Christ as the unique saviour”. They also acknowledged a “growing indifference to and lack of commitment to the…

World News in Brief

Churches’ differences remain Although the Catholic and Orthodox Churches agree on key contemporary issues, the two remain divided in serious ways, the Russian Orthodox Church’s ‘foreign minister’ has said. “Despite the understanding reached on many vital problems of modernity,” Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk said in an interview, “profound differences remain between Orthodox and Catholic Christians, in particular…

Bishops’s appeal after 28 Venezuelan miners go missing

A Venezuelan bishop has issued a public appeal after 28 miners went missing. Ciudad Guayana’s Bishop Mariano Parra Sandoval issued his statement after meeting relatives of the missing men, who are feared dead after clashes with criminal gangs. Local reports claim that a clash between miners and gang members took place in Tumeremo in Bolivar…