Category: World Report

Sudanese bishops praise new peace deal

Catholic bishops in South Sudan have praised the recent peace agreement for neighbouring Sudan, which has experienced political turmoil since April, when the military ousted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. “Our hearts went out for Sudan during the period under which the country was facing the turmoil. Actually we are still Sudanese; we share the common…

Vatican Roundup

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 95 Cardinal Achille Silvestrini, former prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and a long-time Vatican diplomat, died at his home in the Vatican on August 29 at the age of 95. Cardinal Silvestrini served in the diplomatic corps of the Holy See in Rome and abroad for nearly…

In Brief

Two bishops ordained in China after agreement The ordination of Bishop Anthony Yao Shun of Jining in China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region was the first episcopal ordination in the country following the provisional agreement signed in 2018 between China and the Vatican. The ordination was “the first to take place in the framework of the…

Missionary boat sets sail on Amazon river

A hospital boat named the ‘Pope Francis’ set sail last week in the Amazon River to bring medical care to rural populations. “Just as Jesus, who appeared walking on water, calmed the storm and strengthened the faith of the disciples, this boat will bring spiritual comfort and calm to the worries of needy men and…

Bishops welcome cause for Burundi martyrs’ sainthood

The grisly murders of missionary priests and a local priest, a lay volunteer and 40 seminarians in Burundi are the focus of a recently opened investigation into their sainthood cause. Catholic bishops in this central African nation welcomed the step petitioned to the Vatican by the Xaverian Missionaries, founded in 1898 by St Guido Conforti…

Police arrest Hindu group after Catholics ambushed

Indian police arrested six suspected members of a hard-line Hindu group for attacking 40 Catholics taking part in a 280-mile pilgrimage to a Marian shrine in Velankanni in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The attackers were accused of blocking the pilgrims on a public road last week and beating and verbally abusing them, a…