Category: World Report

Prelate berates Philippines’ president in New Year message

A former head of the Philippines’ Catholic bishop’s conference has called on people to ignore President Rodrigo Duterte’s repeated rants against the Church. In his New Year message, Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said those who call God stupid and teach that it is useless to go to Church are “anti-Christ”. “Do not listen to…

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 equality Too often in the Catholic Church, “the sacrifices of women are used only to reinforce the power of those who already have it,” the editor of the Vatican newspaper’s monthly section on women in the Church has written. In the ‘Woman-Church-World’ supplement to L’Osservatore Romano published last week, editor Lucetta Scaraffia wrote: “A…

Britain scolds India over religious freedom

A British parliamentary report has criticised the Indian government for failing to protect religious minorities from violent Hindu hardliners. A report by the British All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief said the rise of nationalist ‘Hindutva’ ideology – which defines ‘Indian’ as exclusively Hindu – has led to an increase in religious oppression…

In Brief

French cardinal pleads innocence in abuse trial 
 A French cardinal took the stand in court on Monday, the first day of a civil trial for Church officials accused of covering up abuse by a priest. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (68) testified on January 7 about accusations of covering up abuse by Fr Bernard Preynat. Fr…

God is waiting to hear your prayers, pope says

Hannah Brockhaus   Persevere in prayer, remembering that God is waiting to answer his children – even if the result is to change the person, not the circumstance, Pope Francis said at the general audience today. “How many times have we asked and not obtained – we all experience it – how many times have…

Pakistani Christian brothers sentenced to death

A Pakistani court sentenced Christian brothers Qaisar and Amoon Ayub to death for blasphemy after they were convicted of insulting the Islamic prophet Mohammed in articles and portraits posted on their website. Qaisar (44) and Amoon (38) have been held in Jhelum District Jail, Punjab province, 200km north of Lahore, since they were arrested in…

Reject abortion, defend all human lives – Italian bishops

Defending and protecting human life means rejecting abortion, caring for the sick, offering a decent welcome to immigrants, valuing the contributions of the elderly, encouraging families to have children and caring for the environment, the bishops of Italy have said. “We are called to welcome life before and after its birth, in every condition and…

Nicaraguan bishop reiterates calls for dialogue

Bishop Silvio Jose Baez has reiterated his calls for dialogue and respecting human dignity in Nicaragua, where the president has crushed protests, closed critical media outlets and persecuted anyone – including priests – publicly opposing his administration. “Dialogue is not a fad or simple political strategy,” Bishop Baez said in his Christmas homily. “When we…

Patriarchs urge Mideast faithful to keep hope

Amid Lebanon’s political and economic strife and uncertainty in the Middle East, Catholic patriarchs urged their faithful to forge ahead in hope at Christmastime. At least two patriarchs expressed concern about Lebanon’s failure to form a new government since parliamentary elections in May. In his Christmas message, Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of Maronite Catholics,…