Global Church News

  • Towards a prophetic shifting of the centre of gravity

    Feb 26, 2020

    Francis is seeking solutions that consider the rights of the original peoples, and that defend the cultural richness and natural beauty of the earth.

  • 'Querida Amazonia' shows how Francis is looking for deeper change

    Feb 26, 2020

    Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia is a multifaceted document. I would like to look at what I found the most striking aspect of the text, its ecclesiological significance.

  • Inculturation is a 'necessary process' in the Amazon

    Feb 26, 2020

    Pope Francis has highlighted the need for spiritual inculturation in the Amazon region, and praised indigenous expressions of religiosity, while pointing to the Eucharist as the central component of Christian spirituality.

  • Querida Amazonia charting a new path

    Feb 26, 2020

    Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon is part of the Church's ordinary magisterium -- that is officially a kind of Church teaching -- while the final document of the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod is not, Cardinal Michael Czerny, special secretary of the Amazon synod, said Feb. 12.

  • Pope on women in Amazon church: Don't try to 'clericalize' them

    Feb 26, 2020

    Pope Francis released his document on the Amazon region on the 15th anniversary of the assassination in Brazil of U.S. Notre Dame Sister Dorothy Stang, a missionary who defended the poor and the environment.

  • Italy sees several Ash Wednesday cancellations amid coronavirus fears

    Feb 26, 2020

    This week several major Italian dioceses have canceled Ash Wednesday services and suspended public Masses amid growing alarm over the spread of the novel coronavirus in Italy, which at the heart of the worst outbreak in Europe.

  • Ethiopia’s Cardinal urges repentance during Lent

    Feb 26, 2020

    Ethiopia’s Archbishop of Addis Ababa, Cardinal Berhaneyesus Souraphiel C.M., is marking the start of Lent by calling on Ethiopians to pray for conversion of heart.

  • Catholic Relief Services rolls out Lenten campaign

    Feb 25, 2020

    The initiative called the “Rice Bowl” aims to "reflect on the challenge of world hunger and the responsibility of each individual to respond to the ne

  • Lent, time for prayer and sharing

    Feb 25, 2020

    Lent is a time of prayer and also of charity, a call to share one's property with the most needy, "as a form of personal participation in building a fairer world". A perspective for which "we can and must go even further, considering the structural dimensions of the economy".

  • Pope at Mass in Bari: “Today let us choose love

    Feb 24, 2020

    Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Bari, reflecting on the Gospel for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time in his homily, encouraging that we pray for the grace to love.