Category: World Report

Bishops’ leader to discuss confessional seal comments with French minister

The president of the French bishops’ conference has accepted a request to discuss his recent comments about the confessional seal with the country’s interior minister. According to an October 7 Bishops’ Statement, Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort will be meeting with interior minister Gérald Darmanin to discuss the meaning of the Sacrament of Confession for Catholics…

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Polish archbishop calls for migrants in Belarus border crisis to be helped

The president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference called for humanitarian aid for migrants seeking to enter the country from neighbouring Belarus. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki made the appeal on October 4 amid tensions between Poland and Belarus over an inordinate rise in migrants seeking to cross the border. Influenced by the recently celebrated 107th World Day of…

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Vatican Roundup

Pope Francis appeals for countries to achieve net zero carbon emissions Pope Francis and various religious leaders from across the world appealed last Monday for countries to “achieve net zero carbon emissions as soon as possible”. The plea was made on October 4 in a joint message signed in the Vatican’s Hall of Benediction. The…

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Cardinal hospitalised with Covid after attending Eucharistic Congress Cardinal and President of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, Angelo Bagnasco, has been hospitalised with Covid after travelling to the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest. The cardinal, 78, had been fully vaccinated since May. He tested positive for Covid upon his return to Italy…

Attack on Christians in Nigeria described as a ‘massacre’ by Catholic priest

Further attacks on northern Nigeria’s Christian population continue to traumatise the region’s Christians, many of whom are becoming resigned to the fact that their safety is no longer guaranteed. The latest onslaught was compared to a ‘massacre’ against native people by a local Catholic priest, many of which are Christian. An estimated 49 people, including…

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First Mozambique-born cardinal dies at age of 97

Cardinal Alexandre José Maria dos Santos, the first cardinal born in Mozambique, has died at the age of 97. The Catholic leader is remembered for advocating peace amid Mozambique’s bloody civil war which raged between 1977 to 1992, during which he aided refugees and victims of violence as the founding president of Caritas Mozambique. Pope…

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Church in Canada pledges funds for healing, after residential schools

The Canadian bishops are aiming to raise $30 million (€20.5 million) over the next five years to support the Indigenous peoples of the country, including survivors of residential schools. Bishop Raymond Poisson of Saint-Jerome and Mont-Laurier, who was recently elected president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that there was a “universal consensus”…

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Human rights activist: Myanmar’s Christians are suffering amid crackdown

Benedict Rogers, a human rights campaigner, explained that Burma’s Christian minority is suffering amid the military’s continuing crackdown on protesters opposed to its February coup. Speaking last Tuesday, Mr Rogers told a webinar at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on September 28 that earlier this month the military killed a Christian pastor, Cung Biak Hum.…

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