Category: World Report

The fight against anti-Islamic prejudice ‘should be led by American Catholics’ – bishop

American Catholics should take the lead in fighting “the scourge of anti-Islamic prejudice”, a US bishop has said. Speaking against the backdrop of the US’s first Catholic-Muslim National Dialogue, San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy warned that the US is witnessing “a new nativism”, which, he said, “the American Catholic community must reject and label for…

World News in Brief

Italy defers same-sex civil union vote Italy’s senate has been forced to postpone a vote on recognising same-sex civil unions following a backlash from Catholic members of the ruling centre-left Democratic Party. The party’s chief whip, Luigi Zanda, suspending proceedings in the Senate after just two hours of debate to allow, he said, “a period of reflection so we can…

Pakistani call to end religious discrimination

The president of the National Minorities Alliance of Pakistan (NMAP), has called on the Government of Punjab to end almost 60 years of discrimination against religious minorities and uphold the country’s constitution, which declares the equality of all citizens. Lala Robin Daniel issued his appeal just days after entering a formal complaint to Faisalabad’s Education…

EWTN chief criticises court

The head of Catholic media group Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) has accused an appeal court of refusing to protect religious freedoms. Speaking after a 2-1 decision by the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to uphold the federal health care law’s Health and Human Services mandate EWTN chairman and CEO Michael P.…

Ukraine Church is cool on historic meeting of leaders

The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church has expressed mixed feelings about the joint declaration by Pope Francis and Moscow’s Patriarch Kiril. “In general it is positive,” Kiev-Halych’s Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk said in an interview, highlighting how the declaration raised questions of mutual concern to Catholics and Orthodox, and opened new perspectives for cooperation. “However,“…

Australian abuse survivors prepare for Rome

Arrangements are being made for Australian child sex abuse survivors to go to Rome after the chair of the country’s royal commission into child sex abuse has said it is not unreasonable that they should want to witness Cardinal George Pell give evidence in person. The cardinal, who has already given evidence to the Victorian…

Vatican Roundup

Benedict deserves applause for his work on abuse – Francis Pope Francis has praised the work of his predecessor Pope Benedict in tackling abuse in the Church. Speaking on his February 18 return flight from Mexico to Rome, the Pope said he wanted “to honour the man who fought in moments when he had no strength to impose himself” and said “Cardinal Ratzinger deserves…

Bishops must report abuse – Cardinal O’Malley

Bishops are obliged to report all suspected cases of abuse to the civil authorities, the head of the Church’s global advisory panel on tackling abuse has declared. On behalf of the entire Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, commission president Cardinal Seán O’Malley issued a statement in which he said that prelates are called…

World News in Brief

Now is the time to rediscover virtue of chastity, Philippine bishops suggest Christians should use Lent as an opportunity to rediscover the virtue of chastity, the bishops of the Philippines have said. In a message signed by the Philippines’ episcopal conference president, Lingayen Dagupan’s Archbishop Socrates Villegas, the bishops expressed their concern about the prevalence of pornography and the damage it does. “Created for love, created…