Category: World Report

Tomb of Christ re-opens to pilgrims

Christian pilgrims can once again visit one of the Faith’s holiest sites. The restored tomb in which Jesus’ body is believed to have been buried following his crucifixion has been reopened following extensive restoration and conservation work. Housed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, it was closed for the nine-month…

Victim of Venezuelan clashes

A child receives medical attention after being aff ected by tear gas during clashes at a July 9 protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas. The country’s bishops have warned that the government is attempting to establish a military dictatorship. Photo: CNS

US execution of mentally ill man criticised by bishops

US Bishops have criticised the execution of a man who was said to be mentally ill. William Morva was executed in Virginia, after being convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy after escaping from custody several years ago. He was killed by lethal injection last week, causing the Virginia Catholic Conference…

US and European bishops call for end to nuclear arsenals

European and American bishops have called for all nations to develop a plan to eliminate nuclear weapons from their military arsenals. A joint declaration from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Conference of European Justice and Peace Commissions called upon the US and European nations to work with other nations to “map out…

Vatican Roundup

Former Church watchdog challenges papal dismissal Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticised as “unacceptable” how Pope Francis dismissed him as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF). Speaking to the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse, the cardinal said it was only on the last working day of his five-year term as head of…

Get off Twitter and into the trenches

Last Saturday, Romans awoke to find a provocative image staring out from their neighbourhood newsstands. On the cover of the latest issue of the magazine Millennium, published by the daily Il Fatto Quotidiano, was a traditional depiction of St Sebastian with arrows protruding from his body, but with the head of the Pope, under the…

Doing what we should, not what we can

Even as the fate of the baby Charlie Gard again hangs in the balance there is healthy discussion and disagreement about his tragic case among Catholics who might normally agree on other matters. Yet I want to suggest that, despite these differences, we share a common concern. But first, I struggle to grasp how some…