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The calm before the storm

Anticipating a reforming pope’s radical plan to curtail the Roman Curia. It’s not clear how radical the changes will be. But the relative, though uneasy calm that currently hovers over the Vatican is surely only the prelude to a document that is likely to cause one devil of a storm.

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14/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

A Panorama of the Catholic Church all over the World

To 31 December 2016, the world population was 7.352.289.000 with an increase of 103.348.000 units compared with the previous year. On the same date, Catholics in the world numbered 1.299.059.000 units with an overall incewase of 14.249.000.

07/11/2018 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal Zen: “No goodwill” from China. The Vatican is badly mishandling China situation

HONG KONG – The recent agreement between the Vatican and China is a step towards the “annihilation” of the Catholic Church in China, Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, wrote in a New York Times op-ed published on Wednesday.

27/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

The Synod of Bishops: Missing the forest for the trees

Just like the two previous Synod assemblies on the family, Pope Francis has made this current assembly on youth yet another necessary juncture on the road towards radically reforming structures of ecclesial governance and effecting a “conversion” of the papacy itself.

23/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 11/2018 What will become of the Church in the future? Ratzinger’s forgotten prophecy

“As so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith.”

09/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Ex-FBI agents to help investigate cardinals on abuse and corruption

A new watchdog, Better Church Governance, plans to produce a dossier on all the cardinal electors

04/10/2018 · Lascia un commento

Viganò accuses Pope Francis of slander and hypocrisy in new letter

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has issued a second statement in which he attacks Pope Francis for not responding to the allegation that he covered up the sexual abuse of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. He appeals to Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, to come to his defense by confirming his testimony.

29/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 9/2018 Letter to the People of God

With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives.

20/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

OGF 7/2018 How the Spirit guides the Church

“One of the things I think needs to happen is a change in attitude on the part of the magisterium, especially the Roman Magisterium. They must move away from the position that they are expected to have all the answers to an attitude of listening to public opinion in the Church”

19/09/2018 · Lascia un commento

Balance sheet on Pope’s trip to Ireland: Who won and lost

ROME – Now that the dust has begun to settle on Pope Francis’s whirlwind 32-hour visit to Ireland over the weekend, it’s time to step back and draw some tentative conclusions about how the pontiff fared, as well as who else gained and lost from the experience.

29/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

We can only move forward when we name the evil of clericalism

Clericalism, whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons, leads to an excision in the ecclesial body that supports and helps to perpetuate many of the evils that we are condemning today. To say “no” to abuse is to say an emphatic “no” to all forms of clericalism.

28/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Australia: The couple who planted a church and the suburb that grew it

Churches are closing nationwide, but the ‘church planting’ industry is booming. Meet the millennials building a multicultural congregation from a lawn bowls club.

28/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Saudi Arabian ‘monastery’ challenges ban on Christianity

Camillo Ballin, the Catholic bishop of Northern Arabia, complains that nothing has changed for Saudi Arabia’s Christians. Private prayer is tolerated, but the public display of Christian symbols is not. Communion in a country that bans wine is problematic. Priests sneak in as cooks or mechanics to tend to their flocks.

10/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Fidelity and Change: Pope Francis, the Death Penalty and the Threat of Neo-Traditionalism

Pope Francis’s recent decision to change the teaching of the Catechism concerning the death penalty – that it is always “inadmissible” – is supposed to be a moment of rejoicing in the Catholic Church, as has been the case for the vast majority of Catholics. But for other Catholics, especially neo-traditionalist Catholics…

08/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

The pope’s long, hot summer

Will Francis make the necessary and radical changes needed to save the Catholic Church from its ongoing meltdown? He can no longer ignore what is clearly the biggest crisis to hit the Catholic Church at least since the Reformation. And it is one that has only just begun and will eventually spread to the Church in other parts of the world.

01/08/2018 · Lascia un commento

Pope taps first lay person as head of a Vatican department

ROME – Pope Francis has named a layman to head the Vatican’s troubled communications office, the first layman to head a dicastery of the Roman Curia.

06/07/2018 · Lascia un commento

The Pope Opens His Eyes to Abuse

The abuse of minors by pedophile priests has been among the most painful sagas of our time, the horror compounded by the knowledge that hierarchs could have stopped the predators… Now, at long last, Pope Francis seems to have glimpsed the depth of the global crisis.

24/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Mapped: The world’s most (and least) religious countries

Five countries tie for the title of most: Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Sri Lanka and Yemen, with 99 %
The least religious countries: China, Japan, Estonia, Sweden, Norway…
China surpasses them all, with only 7%

15/05/2018 · Lascia un commento

Full Text of Seven German Bishops’ Letter on Holy Communion for Protestant Spouses

The German bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of the proposal at their Spring plenary meeting in Ingolstadt on Feb. 20, and the letter’s signatories affirm that out of the 60 bishops present, “13 voted no, including at least seven diocesan bishops.”

25/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Egyptian mosque bill could pit government against top religious body

Cairo, known as the city of a thousand minarets, actually has over 3,000 mosques, and the country as a whole is home to over 100,000 Muslim houses of worship. Over 80,000 of these are controlled by the country’s Ministry of Religious Endowments…

23/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Gaudete et Exsultate: key quotes

Pope Francis has written another Apostolic Exhortation, this one on the universal call to holiness, called Gaudete et exsultate — “Rejoice and be glad!” — which takes its title from the words of Jesus in the sermon on the mount.
Here is a selection of quotations.

10/04/2018 · Lascia un commento

Martyrs Of Love

The decree of beatification of 19 “martyrs” killed in Algeria in the 1990s, including the seven monks of Tibhirine and the former Bishop of Oran Pierre Claverie, was signed on Friday 26th January. “Each of them was an authentic witness of Christ’s love, of dialogue, of openness to others, of friendship and fidelity to the Algerian people”.

16/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Card. Joseph Zen: Vatican is selling out the Catholic Church in China

So, do I think that the Vatican is selling out the Catholic Church in China? Yes, definitely, if they go in the direction which is obvious from all what they are doing in recent years and months.

04/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Christian Persecution Is Growing: 215 Million Worldwide

According to the 2018 Open Doors Report, persecution has expanded geographically and numerically. The threat of religious or ideological nationalism is serious, especially in Asia and Africa

02/02/2018 · Lascia un commento

Is there hope for real change in the Church?

As hard as it is to acknowledge, it seems inevitable that those from whom we expect more will sometimes fail us. Our leaders are flawed; so are we. We are … Continua a leggere

27/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Brazil: Aparecida – 300 Years On The Side Of The People

The celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the rediscovery of the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida ended recently. “Mary shows by her silence that the Gospel is proclaimed from the peripheries, the caves and cellars of humanity”

20/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Pope’s Latin America visit to focus on protecting the planet and indigenous while abuse scandal lurks in background

The 81-year-old Pope is, it seems, increasingly worried about the future of humanity. “I fear a nuclear war,” Francis told reporters on board the plane to Chile.
He said the world is “at the limit” and “just one accident away” from a war that could destroy a large part of humanity. “Yes, I am really afraid,” he explained.

15/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

As a criminal prosecution looms, the Vatican takes control of Catholic movement in Peru

The Vatican has announced that it has taken control of the Sodalitium of Christian Life, a society of consecrated laypeople and priests. The group was founded in Peru in 1971 by a layperson, Luis Fernando Figari, who prosecutors in Peru are now seeking to detain. The move comes just days before Pope Francis begins a visit to Chile and Peru.

11/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Violations of religious freedom: “Countries of Particular Concern”

Today, the Department of State announces that the Secretary of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan as Countries of Particular Concern on December 22, 2017. The Secretary also placed Pakistan on a Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom

04/01/2018 · Lascia un commento

Three ideas Pope Francis repeats every Christmas

Pope Francis made it clear from the beginning of his papacy how Christians must live during this special time for the Church

29/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope to Curia: ‘Betrayers of trust’ are frustrating Vatican reform

Francis decried the “betrayers of trust, or those who profit from the maternity of the Church,” meaning, he said, people who “don’t understand the lofty nature of their responsibility.” He also said the process of reform requires “patience, dedication and delicacy.”

21/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Pope Francis in 2017: Chronicles of a ‘Peace Pope,’ and odds and ends

Forget what it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or the Code of Canon Law. In terms of popular opinion, the papacy is basically an impossible job, since people expect popes to be media rock stars, world-class preachers and Fortune 500 managers all at once, to say nothing of living saints.

20/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Papal envoy backtracks on Medjugorje comments

Archbishop Henryk Hoser said official pilgrimages may visit the site, but may not venerate the apparitions Pope Francis’s envoy in Medjugorje has backtracked on his recent comments on official visits to the … Continua a leggere

13/12/2017 · Lascia un commento

Cardinal hopes that ‘painful’ Amoris Laetitia dispute is over 

Cardinal Walter Kasper has said he hopes that the controversy over the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation is at an end — Cardinal Walter Kasper has declared that he hopes that the “painful dispute” over the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia is now over. 

13/12/2017 · 1 Commento

Australians have ‘lost trust completely’ in the Church

Australians have ‘lost trust completely’ in the Church, says member of Pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors. In the days after the Commissioner’s address, General Synod approved rules to … Continua a leggere

12/09/2017 · Lascia un commento

Asian Youth Day: Indonesian minister says we are “called to promote tolerance and solidarity“

The 7th edition of Asian Youth Day (AYD) in Yogyakarta, Diocese of Semarang (Java Island), has a strong inter-faith connotation, underlined by the theme of the event, ‘Joyful Asian Youth! Living the Gospel in Multicultural Asia’

03/08/2017 · Lascia un commento

‘Ecumenism of hate’ unjustly defames real Catholic/Evangelical dialogue

A recent article in a journal with close ties to the Vatican published an article asserting an unhealthy “ecumenism of conflict” between Catholics and Evangelicals on the right, claiming they are pushing a dangerous theocratic vision on America. However, those who have carried forward the fairly successful Evangelical-Catholic ecumenism in the United States have been some of the best and the brightest of mainstream Catholics.

28/07/2017 · Lascia un commento

New sign on Pope Francis’s door: ‘Complaining Not Allowed’

A sign recently put up on Pope Francis’s door at the Santa Marta residence also warns transgressors, saying that complaining can lead them to develop a “victim complex” with the subsequent “diminution of their sense of humor and ability to solve problems,” and advises, “Stop complaining, and act to make your life better.”

14/07/2017 · Lascia un commento

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