Recent Editorial

  • The Meddling Kingdom’s threat to democracy

    Mar 16, 2019

    Over the next six months, national elections will be held in Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and India, while a mid-term ballot is slated for the Philippines.

  • Clarifying the fate of the underground Church and the Patriotic Association

    Mar 16, 2019

    From March 20 to 23, President Xi Jinping will be in Italy. Rumours are already circulating in China of a possible meeting with Pope Francis.

  • China, nearly 50,000 baptisms in the Catholic Church in 2018

    Mar 09, 2019

    The "Faith" Institute reports that last year more than 48,000 Catholics were baptized. A partial figure, which, however, seems to mark a trend reversal when compared to the analyses that claimed a reduction in the celebrations within Chinese communities between 2010 and 2014.

  • Vatican-China deal must be implemented

    Mar 09, 2019

    Speaking at a conference on Vatican diplomacy, the Holy See’s Secretary of State stressed that it is now important “to make the China deal for the appointment of bishops work in practice.”

  • The Vatican summit is over, what’s next?

    Mar 07, 2019

    The question often comes from representatives of survivors’ organisations who were very active during the summit. At its conclusion, many expressed disappointment at the apparent lack of the “concrete measures” that Pope Francis called for in his opening talk but did not deliver in his closing address.

  • Cardinal Gracias emphasises collegiality to address sex abuse

    Mar 01, 2019

    Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay called for the “entire Church” to “act decisively to prevent abuse from occurring in the future and to do whatever possible to foster healing for victims.”

  • Protection of minors a global mission

    Mar 01, 2019

    It is important to restore the credibility of the Catholic community as an educator and reliable guide

  • Eight points for developing Church legislation

    Mar 01, 2019

    The Pope’s closing address for the Vatican sex abuse summit Feb 21 - 24 was filled with statistics on the overall phenomenon of all child sexual abuse

  • Is anything happening at the Vatican?

    Feb 23, 2019

    Bloomsbury, the British publishing house, has published a book about bad guys in the Vatican.

  • How gay is the Vatican?

    Feb 23, 2019

    On 21 February, the opening day of the Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Frédéric Martel’s In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy was published simultaneously in eight languages and 20 countries.