Category: World Report

Pope appoints three lay women to Church watchdog

In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis has appointed three female academics as consultants to the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog, paving the way for women to have a more integral role in the Church’s central administration. The Vatican announced on April 21 that the Pontiff had named three women and two priests as consultants to the Congregation…

Bishop hopes Korea summit brings results

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu has been waiting years for this moment, with the leaders of the two divided Koreas poised to meet for a historic summit just inside South Korean territory on April 27. Ucanews.com reported Bishop Lee, president of the Korean bishops’ Committee for the Reconciliation of the Korean People, released a…

Young
 Europeans 
need
 ‘support’ 
to 
start 
families

Young people in Europe need political support to start families in countries with aging populations, a Catholic campaign group has said. While “young people want to form lasting relationships and have children,” they “don’t feel safe” to start families, said Antoine Renard, president of the Brussels-based Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe. “Unless something…

Motion on papal abuse apology blocked

A conservative member of parliament has blocked a motion calling on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to invite Pope Francis to apologise for the Church’s role in abuse at Indian residential schools. However, Charlie Angus, a member of parliament, said the motion would come up for debate and a vote in the coming weeks.…

Vatican Roundup

Pope 
call s
German 
cardinal
 to 
Rome 
to 
discuss
 eucharistic
 sharing Pope Francis has asked the president of the German bishops’ conference to come to Rome to discuss pastoral guidelines for possibly allowing some non-Catholics married to Catholics to receive the Eucharist, the conference spokesman has said. Reports that “the document was rejected in the Vatican by the Holy Father or by the dicasteries…

Bishops express ‘heartfelt prayer’ for murdered journalists in Ecuador

Ecuadorian bishops have expressed their “deep concern” and “sorrow” at the killing of two journalists and their driver who were kidnapped after crossing their country’s border into Colombia. A statement from the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference has called for an end to violence and injustice by armed political and social groups following the “violent murder” of the team of…