Recent Editorial

  • Be merciful ministers of Christ, Pope tells new Priests

    May 18, 2019

    The priesthood is not a “cultural association or a union,” but a ministry of mercy anchored on Christ’s mission to bring hope to the downtrodden and comfort to those who suffer, Pope Francis told new priests.

  • New rules on abuse mark a major step forward

    May 18, 2019

    The Vatican Curia moves slowly! So it is quite remarkable that less than three months after the conclusion of the Vatican summit on clergy sex abuse in February, Pope Francis’ new motu proprio, Vos estis lux mundi, establishes new laws for the universal Church regarding both the scourge of abuse and the equally abhorrent covering up of such abuse.

  • Malaysia appoints woman as country’s top judge

    May 10, 2019

    In another first for our country, Malaysia has appointed a female judge as chief justice.

  • Paul VI envisaged the Old Rite (St Pius V Mass) for aged and sick priests only

    May 10, 2019

    On Holy Thursday 50 years ago, Pope Paul VI issued the reformed celebration of the Catholic liturgy, which bishops at the 1962-65 Second Vatican Council had voted overwhelmingly in favour of updating.

  • Holy boldness: Women religious rising at Vatican

    May 10, 2019

    The Vatican can move at a snail’s pace, but looking back over the past six years, the profile of women, especially women religious, at Vatican events has risen sharply.

  • Sri Lanka’s Easter bombings send a militant global message

    May 02, 2019

    IS has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that left more than 250 people dead and hundreds more wounded, confirming what many had feared.

  • Big changes to the Vatican’s Roman Curia are coming

    May 02, 2019

    The proposed apostolic constitution for reforming and governing the Roman Curia is expected to emphasise the Church’s missionary mandate with the creation of a “super-dicastery,” merging two offices dedicated to evangelisation.

  • Notre Dame can still be saved

    Apr 26, 2019

    The burning of Notre-Dame Cathedral, a monument to human creativity and divine inspiration, invites first a mournful silence and then a search for meaning. This often involves efforts to understand the inexplicable by reference to metaphor.

  • One pope is quite enough

    Apr 26, 2019

    We are living in a unique moment in church history with an ex-pope (properly credited for having the courage to resign when the problems he faced became overwhelming) living within the Vatican walls.

  • Easter shows that human history does not end in front of a tombstone

    Apr 26, 2019

    During the "mother of all vigils", Francis says that Easter is "the feast of tombstones taken away, rocks rolled aside. God takes away even the hardest stones against which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness."