Category: World Report

Malawian bishops remind government that all life is sacred

The Justice and Peace commission of Malawi’s bishops’ conference has called on the country’s government to “ensure that the right to food and essential healthcare services is guaranteed to all citizens of Malawi”. Maintaining that “life is sacred, and all efforts must be made so that people’s lives are not at risk”, the commission has…

Kenya bishop points to Lent’s merciful opportunity

Lent is a time to celebrate and experience God’s mercy, a prominent Kenyan bishop has proclaimed, donating food and clothing to more than 4,000 households in the Ngong slum district of Mathare, Eldoret’s Bishop Cornelius Arap Korir, chairman of the national Catholic justice and peace commission, called on Kenyans to move forward in forgiveness and…

Vatican Roundup

‘Finally, we are brothers’, Pope tells Orthodox Patriarch “Finally, we are brothers,” Pope Francis declared in Havana on Friday, February 12, as he met Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. The two-hour meeting, culminating in the signing of a joint declaration, was the first time the leaders of Christianity’s two largest Churches have ever met. Although there are many areas of serious disagreement between…

Pakistani Christians welcome chance of blasphemy debate

Christian leaders in Pakistan have welcomed suggestions by Muhammad Khan Sherani, President of the Islamic Ideology Council, that the country’s repressive blasphemy might be amended. While there is a possibility that the already strict law could be made more censorious, Christian activist Nasir Saeed, director of the Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement, said…

Rejection of worship rules are welcomed

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta decided to reject plans for rules to regulate religious worship following consultations with religious leaders, the secretary general of the Kenyan Episcopal Conference has said. Religious Societies Rules 2015, which Kenya’s bishops had believed defied constitutional guarantees of religious freedom and the separation of Church and State, will not now be…

Vatican Roundup

Vatican joins international call to help Syria The Vatican has joined international appeals to raise funds for emergency and long-term assistance to victims of the Syrian crisis. Speaking at the Syria Donors’ Conference in London, Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Vatican secretary for relations with states, said the Church would continue to help the region through its fundraising efforts. In his address,…

CDF defence of doctrine is ‘work of mercy’ – Pope

Pope Francis has called for stronger collaboration between the world’s bishops and the Vatican’s ‘doctrinal watchdog’, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). Addressing the congregation’s plenary assembly, the Pope praised its work in the “delicate task” of “caring for the integrity of the Faith and Tradition”, and encouraged it to continue in…

US Catholic charity backs poisoned community

A local Catholic agency intends to stand by the US city of Flint, Michigan during its public health crisis, the organisation’s president and CEO has said. Vicky Schultz, of the Flint-headquartered Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, says the city developed water problems when it stopped purchasing treated Lake Huron water, instead sourcing water…