Global Church News

  • Pope gifts relics to Patriarch Bartholomew in sign of Church unity

    Sep 14, 2019

    Pope Francis explains his gift given to the Patriarch of Constantinople of a reliquary containing nine fragments of the bones of the Apostle Peter, a portion of those preserved in the Vatican Necropolis.

  • Pope Francis in Thailand, Japan - in the footsteps of John Paul II

    Sep 14, 2019

    Pope Francis is dedicating the 32nd apostolic journey of his pontificate to Thailand and Japan, 19 to 26 November., 2019. Pope St. John Paul II visited Japan 38 years ago, and Thailand 35 years ago.

  • The Holy See and Angola sign agreement

    Sep 14, 2019

    On Friday 13 September 2019, in the Treaty Room (Sala dei Trattati) of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy See and the Republic of Angola signed an agreement that defines the legal framework of relations between the Catholic Church and the Angolan State.

  • Jharkhand, Hindu radicals devastate a Jesuit college. 'Completley destroyed'

    Sep 13, 2019

    The St. John Berchmans Inter College in Mundli was destroyed and raided by a crowd of 500 people. The pretext of the attack was a quarrel between students and tribal boys hosted in the hostel adjacent to the school. The management asks for help from the National Commission for Human Rights and the Commission for Minorities.

  • Card Sako urges support for the Christian presence in Nineveh, threatened by tensions and violence

    Sep 13, 2019

    Armed Shia groups are again trying to achieve a "demographic shift" in the Plain. For the Chaldean primate, it is a moral and national duty to defend the permanence of the Christian community. Armed groups must be pulled from the region and development projects funded.

  • EU official: Release of Asia Bibi shows promise for religious freedom

    Sep 13, 2019

    A European Union official who played a role in working for the release of Pakistani death row inmate Asia Bibi said the outcome shows the potential of international cooperation to promote religious freedom.

  • Fidei donum priest feels fulfilled by the mission in Bangladesh

    Sep 13, 2019

    Father Belisario, from Colombia, is a ‘fidei donum’ priest with the mission ad gentes together with PIME Fathers. The Diocese of Rajshahi works with tribal communities, educates poor children, and supports interfaith dialogue. The missionary opened a YouTube channel to broadcast the Mass, but it needs funds. He hopes that the “extraordinary missionary month of October will make each of us feel the enthusiasm,” and not focus only on the well-off.

  • New memorial to 9/11 first responders a ‘monument of sensitivity,’ priest says

    Sep 13, 2019

    A new addition to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum that pays tribute to the first responders, survivors, and their families who have continued to suffer from the attacks is being praised by faith leaders as a sign of “continued hope” emerging from an event known for its devastation.

  • Marriage doesn’t solve the priest shortage, says head of Ukrainian Rite

    Sep 13, 2019

    Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, has urged those considering allowing priests in the Latin rite to marry in order to help solve a crippling shortage, to proceed with caution, saying marriage has not curbed shortages in his own rite.

  • 9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

    Sep 12, 2019

    As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II.