Focus

  • Italian and Chinese researchers work together on coronavirus mutations

    Feb 16, 2020

    The young researcher Domenico Benvenuto, from the Biomedical Campus of Rome, managed to discover the mutant gene that allowed the coronavirus to pass from bats to humans. The Roman university has been collaborating with Chinese scholars since the SARS epidemic. To combat the virus, quarantine and isolation are useful, racist and synophobic attitudes are useless. The young researcher was born in the same city as Giovanni da Montecorvino, first bishop of Beijing (1247-1328).

  • Coronavirus: Cardinal Alencherry calls for vigilance

    Feb 16, 2020

    Cardinal George Alencherry in southern India has asked people to be vigilant and strictly follow government instructions to check the spread of the coronavirus after Kerala declared the epidemic “a state calamity” on Feb. 3.

  • Online fury at death of ‘everyday hero’ Dr Li Wenliang

    Feb 16, 2020

    Li Wenliang, the doctor who first raised the alarm about the coronavirus and who the police silenced, died in the hospital after contracting the infection from a patient.

  • Benedict’s estrangement from Ratzinger

    Feb 09, 2020

    The publication of From the Depths of Our Hearts, Cardinal Robert Sarah’s book on clerical celibacy “co-authored” with Pope Benedict XVI, illustrates once more the problem with the institution of the emeritus papacy as it’s currently functioning.

  • Vatican II inspiration becomes home for ecumenism in Geneva

    Feb 09, 2020

    In the hometown of John Calvin, theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation, the Ecumenical Theological Workshop makes it possible for Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox theologians to get new insights to add more audiences of different faiths to their fold.

  • Year of the Rat

    Jan 24, 2020

    The Rat is easily frightened and apprehensive, fearing losing its life by making a false step (move). Hence, it operates at night in order to be safe.

  • As Dutch parishes close, some Catholics just quit going to church!

    Jan 23, 2020

    A Dutch Catholic newspaper warned churches will continue to close in the Netherlands, where half of all Catholic parishes have already been dissolved amid plummeting church participation.

  • Vietnam’s young Catholics pay no heed to marriage, offspring

    Jan 23, 2020

    Church reports that an increasing number of younger people in urban areas are opting to remain single for life .

  • As a source of food and a remedy

    Jan 20, 2020

    In Canton, the Boat People especially, consume the dried meat of rats offered for sale. Here is a case of “one man’s poison being another man’s meat.”

  • As we usher in 2020: Do we change to stay relevant in this changing world?

    Jan 20, 2020

    As we usher in the lunar new year of the rat, it is most appropriate for us to ponder if we as Catholics are still relevant in this everchanging world.