Category: World Report

EU is ‘complicit’ in persecution of Christians warns MEP

A Hungarian Christian Democrat member of the European Parliament has warned that growing secularism is to blame for Europe’s silence on human rights violations against religious minorities. As the parliament debated the 2019 human rights annual report, György Hölvényi MEP insisted that “if Europe, guided by extreme secularism, is silent on violations against religious minorities,…

Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken parish life

Nearly every US bishop responding to a survey said the coronavirus pandemic has seriously affected the celebration of the sacraments and rites and sacramental preparation programmes in their dioceses. Confirmations, first Communions, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and other sacramental preparation were the ministries most often cited by the bishops as being affected,…

Venezuela bishops denounce ‘general chaos’ under Maduro

Venezuela’s bishops say they can’t stand by while the government of President Nicolas Maduro strengthens its “dictatorial line” and the country’s people suffer hunger and unemployment, feeling “more unprotected” every day. “We live immersed in general chaos at all levels of social and personal life,” the bishops wrote in a statement at the end of…

Vatican Roundup

Pope ‘pained’ as landmark church to become a mosque Pope Francis has said he is “pained” by Turkey’s decision to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Speaking at the Vatican on Sunday, the Pontiff added that his “thoughts go to Istanbul”. Hagia Sophia was built as a Christian cathedral nearly 1,500 years ago and…

In Brief

Man charged in arson attack on Catholic Church in Florida A man accused of setting a Florida church on fire is being held without bail on charges that include attempted second-degree murder and arson. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office charged Steven Shields, 23, on Saturday, hours after detectives say he rammed a minivan through the…

Prelate to push EU support for persecuted Christians in Nigeria

The president of the European bishops’ commission has promised persecuted Christians in Nigeria that he will advocate for increased support from the EU. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, who leads the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), wrote a letter to the Nigerian bishops stating that the commission will advocate for EU assistance…