Global Church News

  • US Bishops call on Congress to abolish federal death penalty

    Jan 13, 2021

    US Bishops call on the government to halt federal executions due to go ahead this month, and ask Congress to abolish the death penalty.

  • Christians barred from holding religious services in southern India

    Jan 13, 2021

    Police in the southern Indian state of Karnataka have banned a Christian community from gathering for worship services.

  • Chinese Catholics urged to help state fight pandemic

    Jan 13, 2021

    The official state-sanctioned Catholic Church in China has asked Catholics to join their "thoughts and actions with the spirit" of Chinese President Xi Jinping's call to prevent and control the resurfacing Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Washington pastors reflect on Capitol attack that hit close to home

    Jan 12, 2021

    Like many across the country, Father William Gurnee and Father Gary Studniewski watched in horror as a rioting mob stormed and ransacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, attempting to disrupt Congress at it certified the Electoral College vote of President-elect Joe Biden.

  • Chaos at the Capitol: If they had been Black

    Jan 12, 2021

    It was like Charlottesville, Virginia, all over again for me on Jan. 6, the day an angry mob of pro-Trump supporters descended on the nation’s capital to protest select Electoral College votes that would help confirm Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president of the United States.

  • Bishops call for an end to the federal death penalty

    Jan 12, 2021

    A joint statement from two U.S. bishops who head different committees of the U.S. bishops called for an end to the federal use of the death penalty as “long past time.”

  • Fr Faltas: Celebration of the Baptism of Our Lord in the Jordan a 'historic day'

    Jan 12, 2021

    After 54 years and 3 days, the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land celebrate in the church of St. John the Baptist, in Qasr Al-Yahud. A place full of landmines restored as an "oasis of prayer". The hope of a return of pilgrims with the end of the new coronavirus pandemic.

  • Card. Coutts: Let us become a people of peace, understanding, harmon

    Jan 12, 2021

    The cardinal marks the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination recalling the stages of his ministry. "We can be different, have different languages, different religions, but we can live together, respecting each other as the bouquet of flowers with different flowers brings a new reality".

  • Cardinal calls on Lebanese leaders to resolve differences

    Jan 11, 2021

    As Lebanon’s top political leaders struggle to form a government coalition, Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Raï continues to call on President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to hold a “personal reconciliation meeting.”

  • Catholic Bible-in-a-year podcast tops the charts

    Jan 11, 2021

    A Catholic podcast featuring a priest reading and analyzing the Bible has been at the top of the Apple Podcast charts since Jan. 2, ahead of secular podcasts produced by such organizations as The New York Times, NBC News, and NPR.