Recent Editorial

  • A Coronavirus Prayer

    Mar 06, 2020

    Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well.

  • Lourdes shrine closes healing pools as precaution against coronavirus

    Mar 06, 2020

    As the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Europe continued to grow, the French Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes announced that pilgrims were still welcome, but the pools the sick bathe in hoping for healing would be closed temporarily.

  • God in the coronavirus

    Mar 06, 2020

    Our global society has been hit by a scourge similar to the plague of the 1300s and 1600s, the cholera epidemic of two centuries ago, or the Asian flu of the last century. Discovering our impotence and fear of death. The apocalypse and escape. For many Christians in Asia it is not a question of escape: they have found God in the coronavirus. Political powers see God as an enemy (in China) or as an unnecessary encumbrance (in the West). God is our greatest ally.

  • Church in Poland thanks Pope for Querida Amazonia

    Mar 01, 2020

    The president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanis?aw G?decki, has expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis for the Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonía, which, he says, "arose in the heart of your Holiness as the fruit of the dialogue and discernment during the recent General Synod of Bishops on the Amazon".

  • We’re all tied to the Amazon through globalisation: Can the synod help us to listen to its cry?

    Mar 01, 2020

    Media coverage of the apostolic exhortation “Querida Amazonia” has focused on whether Pope Francis would authorize the ordination of married men in remote indigenous communities.

  • Coronavirus: Xi Jinping applauds the party’s effectiveness, experts and scientists express doubts

    Mar 01, 2020

    The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party has given "accurate judgments"; he "operated with timing"; has taken "effective measures" on the epidemic.

  • In Brazil, Querida Amazonia elicits a range of reactions among religious

    Feb 23, 2020

    Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the pan-Amazonian synod surprised many Church workers who live in the region and elicited a range of reactions.

  • Reading ‘Querida Amazonia’ with African eyes

    Feb 23, 2020

    In this interview with La Croix Africa’s Lucie Sarr, he analyses Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia), Pope Francis’ new post-synodal apostolic exhortation.

  • Deciding not to decide… for now

    Feb 23, 2020

    In his new apostolic exhortation on the Church in the Amazonian region, Pope Francis has refused a request by bishops at last October's Synod assembly to formally approve the ordination of married priests and women deacons.

  • Virus crisis gives the Church a chance to shine

    Feb 16, 2020

    Infection and death rates of the China-born respiratory coronavirus continue to accelerate, with the latest count at 910 deaths and 40,536 people infected across mainly Asia, although the virus is spreading and has been confirmed in 28 countries.