Category: World Report

Kidnapped priest appears in video appeal

The Salesian Order has confirmed that a video loaded to the Youtube site on Christmas Eve shows Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the priest of that congregation kidnapped in Yemen last March. Visibly thin and wearing a long beard, the priest appears in the five-minute video to urge Pope Francis as well as the government of his…

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…

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…

Late US judge was ‘a man of God, a patriot’

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the longest-serving justice on the United States Supreme Court, died of apparent natural causes at a Texas resort on February 13. Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the 79-year-old Catholic “a man of God, a patriot and an unwavering defender of the written Constitution and the rule of law”, praising him…