Global Church News

  • Suicide bomb attack rocks Indonesian cathedral on Palm Sunday

    Apr 02, 2021

    A suicide bomb attack on a Catholic cathedral compound in the Indonesian city of Makassar shattered the calm of Palm Sunday Mass, leaving at least 20

  • Vatican issues guide for response to climate migration

    Apr 02, 2021

    Whether people admit it or not, climate change and environmental destruction are forcing millions from their homes, and Catholics have a responsibility to assist them, Pope Francis wrote in the preface to a new document.

  • EU Bishops share message of hope for Easter amid COVID-19

    Apr 02, 2021

    In a joint message for Easter, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) together with the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) affirm sheer hope in Christ’s resurrection in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Why the date of Holy Week changes every year

    Apr 02, 2021

    Every year the dates of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday vary.

  • Benedict XVI ‘delighted’ by Year of St. Joseph proclaimed by Pope Francis

    Apr 02, 2021

    Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has paid tribute to the Year of St. Joseph declared by Pope Francis and urged Catholics to read Francis’ apostolic letter Patris corde, describing it as a simple text “coming from the heart and going to the heart, yet containing such profound depth.”

  • Christians prepare to guard churches over Easter

    Apr 02, 2021

    Catholic volunteer guards in Pakistan are preparing to defend their churches in the run-up to Easter, a time when Christian communities around the world face a heightened threat of terrorist attack.

  • Pakistani Christians practice Islamic traditions during Lent

    Apr 02, 2021

    Part of a classic trend in the Lent season, interfaith groups are hosting breaking-of-the-fast Iftar dinners in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

  • Holy Thursday

    Apr 01, 2021

    Except for the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church.

  • More than 2,500 people sign an appeal for Fr Stan Swamy’s release

    Apr 01, 2021

    Academics, activists, writers, directors, religious and other prominent people have signed an open letter against the court’s decision to deny bail to the 84-year-old Jesuit, who has been in jail in Mumbai since last October on terrorism charges. In reality, his legal woes are due to his support for tribal rights. “Stan Swamy is a symbol of the plight of thousands of undertrial prisoners”.

  • The Holy Thursday seven churches devotion

    Apr 01, 2021

    The Visitation to Seven Churches is a Holy Thursday devotion primarily practiced in Latin America, Italy, Poland and the Philippines.