Focus

  • Pope appeals that World Cup helps promote peace

    Jun 22, 2018

    As 32 nations get ready to vie for the World Cup in Russia, Pope Francis greeted players, organisers and soccer fans who will be following “this event that overcomes all borders.”

  • Lateran University introduces distance learning programme

    Jun 08, 2018

    The Pontifical Lateran University chair for the Theology of the People of God will soon be offering a distance learning programme to English speakers.

  • First-ever layperson appointed as rector of the Pontifical Lateran University

    Jun 08, 2018

    In another historic step to assign key positions in the Catholic Church to lay people, Pope Francis has appointed a married layman, Vincenzo Buonomo, as the new rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.

  • WCC official credits Pope for leading the way in ecumenism

    Jun 08, 2018

    There is now much more space and willingness for meaningful cooperation beyond theological dialogues among churches, says Pastor Martin Robra.

  • World Day Against Child Labour

    Jun 01, 2018

    Themed “Generation Safe and Healthy”, this year’s commemoration is in line with ILO’s aim to secure safe working environments for all workers by 2030 and end all forms of child labour by 2025.

  • When will we get lay apostolic nuncios?

    Jun 01, 2018

    The Holy See is an independent sovereign entity located in the Vatican City State. And as such, it welcomes ambassadors and accredits them to other wo

  • High drama in the temple

    Jun 01, 2018

    Then came the Sadducees, keepers of the law (12:18) who were sent scurrying to their legal holes with the words of Jesus, “is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures not the power of God?” Finally a scribe, who saw goodness in Jesus’ answers, but in praising him Jesus also attacks his fraternity.

  • Pope Francis concludes three-day summit with Chilean Bishops

    May 25, 2018

    In a letter to the Chilean bishops at the end of a three day summit, Pope Francis thanked them for joining him in asking for heartfelt pardon from the victims and in making a firm resolution to repair the damage done to them.

  • All of Chile’s Bishops offer resignations after meeting Pope on abuse

    May 25, 2018

    In a decision which appears to be without precedence in the history of the Church, all 34 Chilean bishops, including two cardinals, who participated in the summit with Pope Francis over the past three days, announced on May 18 that they have all “handed in their resignations to the Holy Father, in written form, so that he can freely decide for each one of us.”

  • What Catholics should know about divorce: does it define you?

    May 16, 2018

    Fr Sean Salai, SJ recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa Duffy, a Catholic lay writer and speaker with 24 years of personal and professional experience in healing from divorce. Born and raised in Southern California, Ms Duffy suffered through the pain of an unwanted divorce in the early 1990s. She brings a divorce support programme, Journey of Hope, to parishes in the United States and Canada and appears frequently on Catholic radio and television shows. Her newest book is Mending the Heart: A Catholic Annulment Companion.