Category: World Report

Church leaders shut Jerusalem church doors in tax protest

Protesting several actions described as a systematic campaign “against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land”, the heads of Christian churches announced they were closing the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Bewildered pilgrims milled around the square in front of the church as Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III, who…

South Korea Church fights to keep anti-abortion law firmly in place

The Church in South Korea has gathered over a million names on a petition to keep the country’s anti-abortion law in place. As South Korea continues to modernise and with the number of single mothers on the rise, calls to decriminalise abortion have increased from sectors of society. “The signature-gathering campaign was conducted voluntarily and it served as an opportunity to…

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Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Irish-American Archbishop of Newark, has apologised for what he described as an embarrassing gaffe on social media after he posted a message to Twitter which included “Nighty-night, baby. I love you”. Within two hours the tweet had been deleted, and a diocesan spokesman insisted that the cardinal was boarding a flight at the…

Bishop’s in Congo decry attempts to discredit Church leaders

Congo’s Catholic bishops denounced attempts to discredit their Church’s leaders and demanded the government lift a ban on peaceful demonstrations. The world “is witnessing poisonous campaigns of denigration and defamation, designed to weaken our Church’s moral force,” said a statement from the bishops’ conference. “Unswerving in our faith in Jesus Christ, king of the universe,…

Vatican relinquishes world wine drinking crown

The Pope’s city has lost the wine-drinking world title after being pipped at the post by a tiny island off the coast of Australia. The latest world wine consumption statistics show that per capita those on Norfolk Island enjoy a tipple slightly more than folk in the Vatican. Residents of the 8km long and 5km…

Pope allows Nigerian bishop to resign after furore

Eight months after ordering priests in a Nigerian diocese to pledge their obedience to the Pope and accept the bishop that now-retired Pope Benedict XVI had named for them, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the disputed bishop. Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke, who since 2012 has been prevented from exercising his ministry as bishop of…

Nuns leave Mexico school after kidnappings and murder

An order of nuns has withdrawn from an especially violent city in Mexico after the parents and sister of one of the women religious was kidnapped and killed. The Diocese of Chilpancingo-Chilapa, where two priests were murdered this month, said in a statement that the nuns from the Comunidad Guadalupano (Guadalupe Community) had withdrawn because…

Bishops glad of South African president resignation

The resignation of the president of South Africa is long overdue, the country’s bishops said, noting that his scandal-plagued presidency fostered corruption. While Jacob Zuma was in power, the bishops said, there was dereliction of duty at all levels of government. “The fact that Mr Zuma has been allowed to hold on to the highest…