Global Church News

  • St Julie Billiart

    Apr 08, 2021

    St. Julie Billiart, co-foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, came to her religious vocation late in life, at the age of 51. She was born in 1751, the fifth of seven children.

  • Taizé leader: Young people are longing to meet together again

    Apr 08, 2021

    The prior of Taizé has said that his community sees how young people are longing to meet together again in Christian fellowship as France and other European countries remain under strict lockdowns this spring.

  • Covid-19: Global death toll passes 3 million

    Apr 07, 2021

    The global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 3 million amid a resurgence of new infections.

  • Swiss theologian Hans Küng dies aged 93

    Apr 07, 2021

    The 93 year-old theologian participated in the Second Vatican Council. A critic of the doctrine on papal infallibility, his authorisation to teach Catholic theology was revoked in 1979.

  • Card Ranjith attacks former President Sirisena over Easter Sunday bombings

    Apr 07, 2021

    The prelate slams the former head of state for seeking office again. According to the Archbishop of Colombo, Sirisena must be indicted. If no justice is done by 21 April, he will take to the streets. At 8.45 am, the moment of the first blasts, church bells tolled across Sri Lanka.

  • St John Baptist de La Salle

    Apr 07, 2021

    Complete dedication to what he saw as God’s will for him dominated the life of John Baptist de La Salle. In 1950, Pope Pius XII named him patron of schoolteachers for his efforts in upgrading school instruction.

  • India: Vital energy for the Bihar inspired by Laudato si’

    Apr 07, 2021

    Notre Dame Sister Mary Jyotisha Kannamkal is a Laudato si’ Animator within the Global Catholic Climate Movement. In Patna, Bihar, located in Northeast India, she organizes educational courses and interreligious meetings dedicated to Pope Francis’s Encyclical, without ever forgetting the country’s poor whose suffering has increased due to the Coronavirus crisis.

  • Catastrophic cyclone and floods strike Indonesia and East Timor

    Apr 06, 2021

    At least 100 people are dead, scores are missing and thousands are displaced in Indonesia and East Timor after a tropical cyclone unleashed floods and landslides that engulfed large parts of the vast archipelago of islands.

  • Myanmar's struggle will not be in vain, says Cardinal Bo

    Apr 06, 2021

    In an Easter message, he says a new Myanmar of peace and prosperity will rise from 'the grave of hatred and darkness'

  • Thousands sign petition seeking freedom for Indian Jesuit

    Apr 06, 2021

    Refusing bail to an elderly and ailing person with limited mobility and no history of violence is beyond comprehension, letter states.