Category: World Report

Pope Francis: Love the Church, care for society

Ruadhán Jones    Pope Francis has asked Christians to join their love for the church with a caring concern for civil society, particularly at this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Marking the feastday of St Catherine of Siena, Pope Francis prayed that people would be inspired by her example and asked for her intercession “to…

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Bishop first to resume public Mass in US amid crisis

A US priest has become the first clergyman in the country to have amended a previously declared diocesan ban on public Masses since the coronavirus outbreak. Bishop Peter Baldacchino of Las Cruces, New Mexico has lifted a diocesan ban on the public celebration of Mass, issued guidelines for distribution of Holy Communion, and told priests…

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German bishops bemoan decision to keep church ban

Catholic bishops in Germany have voiced their disapproval at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision not to lift the ban on public church services. Despite allowing thousands of shops to reopen, Merkel said the ban on public church services should remain until further notice. She also announced that a state secretary of the interior ministry would talk…

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Italian bishop allows doctors give Communion to virus patients

A group of doctors in Tuscany has received a bishop’s permission to distribute Holy Communion to those infected by the coronavirus. Bishop Giovanni Nerbini of Prato made the six doctors extraordinary eucharistic ministers, allowing them to give Communion to over 100 patients on Easter, according to Avvenire, the newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference. Dr…

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Vatican Roundup

Vatican
 appoints 
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Financial 
Information
 Authority The Vatican’s Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, has appointed a new Director and Vice Director for the Financial Information Authority (AIF). Giuseppe Schlitzer enters as AIF’s Director, replacing Tommaso Di Ruzza who completed his five-year mandate as of January 20 this year. Schlitzer has held positions…

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In Brief

Japan diocese appointment surprises bishop Bishop Josep Maria Abella has said he was surprised to be announced new bishop of Fukuoka in Japan when almost all Church activities are suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The 70-year-old Spanish priest said he was “perplexed” when the apostolic nuncio to Japan, Archbishop Joseph Chennoth, told him about…

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