Category: World Report

Australian abuse survivors prepare for Rome

Arrangements are being made for Australian child sex abuse survivors to go to Rome after the chair of the country’s royal commission into child sex abuse has said it is not unreasonable that they should want to witness Cardinal George Pell give evidence in person. The cardinal, who has already given evidence to the Victorian…

Vatican Roundup

Benedict deserves applause for his work on abuse – Francis Pope Francis has praised the work of his predecessor Pope Benedict in tackling abuse in the Church. Speaking on his February 18 return flight from Mexico to Rome, the Pope said he wanted “to honour the man who fought in moments when he had no strength to impose himself” and said “Cardinal Ratzinger deserves…

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…

Bishops must report abuse – Cardinal O’Malley

Bishops are obliged to report all suspected cases of abuse to the civil authorities, the head of the Church’s global advisory panel on tackling abuse has declared. On behalf of the entire Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, commission president Cardinal Seán O’Malley issued a statement in which he said that prelates are called…

Late US judge was ‘a man of God, a patriot’

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the United States Supreme Court, died of apparent natural causes at a Texas resort on February 13. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the 79-year-old Catholic “a man of God, a patriot and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the rule of law”, praising him…

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…