Global Church News

  • In Japan, Francis might be at odds with government on nuclear power, peace

    Nov 13, 2019

    Most attention during Pope Francis' trip to Japan later in the month will likely focus on the significance of his visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the strong call he is expected to make for the global abolition of nuclear weapons from the only cities once devastated by atomic bombs.

  • Thais grouped around the Pope to be Church, live and reconfirm the faith

    Nov 13, 2019

    The PIME superior delegate in Thailand speaks about Pope Francis’s apostolic visit. Nearly 70,000 people are expected at the Mass in the Supachalasai National Stadium in Bangkok. For Fr Arioldi, the pontiff’s presence will shake up the Catholic community. For him, “An exclusively devotional faith won’t withstand the impact of secularism, consumerism and globalisation.”

  • YouCat Congress urges youth to new ways of evangelization

    Nov 13, 2019

    Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, presided over the inaugural Mass of the 2nd YOUTCAT International Congress in Iloilo City, November 7-10.

  • ‘I just wanted to be a priest’: Archbishop Gomez elected president of USCCB

    Nov 13, 2019

    When he became a priest four decades ago, Archbishop Jose Gomez did not expect that he would one day lead the largest archdiocese in the U.S., or the country’s bishops’ conference.

  • President of World Jewish Congress: “Fill the internet with fraternity

    Nov 13, 2019

    Addressing a Conference on Human fraternity organised by the World Jewish Congress in Rome, its President Ronald Lauder stresses the importance of the Document on Human Fraternity, signed by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar.

  • Evo Morales in Mexico

    Nov 13, 2019

    Former Bolivian President Evo Morales is starting his political exile in Mexico, which has accepted his request for political asylum, following his resignation. James Blears reports that it`s open to doubt whether he`ll be contesting the next Presidential Election back home.

  • Nuncio to US Bishops: Reflect on gift of communion with Pope

    Nov 13, 2019

    The Fall General Assembly of the Bishops of the United States opens with speeches by the Apostolic Nuncio, and the outgoing President of the Episcopal Conference.

  • Seoul opens a center for Ethiopian Korean War veterans

    Nov 13, 2019

    Ethiopia was the only African nation to send ground troops in the conflict of 1950-53. Of his 3,500 soldiers, 122 were killed and 536 were injured. The structure in Ethiopia is the third of its kind. Nearly 2 million UN soldiers and over 3 thousand doctors were sent to war on the peninsula: 40,670 died, 104,280 were injured and over 9 thousand are still missing.

  • Hong Kong, schools closed and blocked traffic feed high tensions

    Nov 13, 2019

    Riot police broke into several universities. Yesterday was one of the most violent days in the five months of unrest. The conditions of a young man shot at close range by the police are still "serious". Beijing praises the police for their "control".

  • ISIS is targeting Syria’s Christians. Vicar of Aleppo: We are under siege

    Nov 13, 2019

    An Armenian Catholic priest and his father were killed in an ambush on the road to Deir el-Zor; a deacon wounded. Car bombs explode near the Chaldean church in Qamishli, seven die and 70 wounded. Behind the violence the hand of the Islamic State. Bishop Georges: "They cut off water and electricity, a script already seen".