Global Church News

  • First lay head of disciplinary commission at Roman Curia appointed

    Jan 15, 2021

    For the first time, the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia will be presided by a layperson after Pope Francis appointed professor Vincenzo Buonomo, rector of the Pontifical Lateran University. And it is possible that more laypersons will be appointed for other Vatican positions.

  • Why is the internet abuzz with false claims of a ‘Vatican blackout’?

    Jan 15, 2021

    On Sunday, Jan. 10, the internet was abuzz with false reports of an overnight blackout at the Vatican, accompanied by a series of claims concerning Pope Francis, the Italian police, and the FBI. The claims were widely shared by conspiracy theorists, generating bewilderment and concern among Catholics around the world.

  • Coronavirus vaccines: Frequently Asked Questions

    Jan 15, 2021

    As a result the individual becomes immune to the coronavirus. The messenger RNA molecules themselves only survive in the body for a matter of hours following immunisation and they are then destroyed by normal cellular mechanisms.

  • The Year of St Joseph: What Catholics need to know

    Jan 15, 2021

    Last December, Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.

  • German missionary pioneered Asian Church communications dies

    Jan 15, 2021

    Divine Word Father Franz-Josef Eilers, a pioneering German missionary who worked to develop media and communication systems in the Asian Church, died in the Philippines on Jan. 13. He was 89.

  • COVID-19 kills Indonesian priest, lays bishop low

    Jan 15, 2021

    An Indonesian priest has died of Covid-19, while his bishop and several other priests in the same diocese have tested positive for the virus, a diocesan official in East Java revealed on Jan. 13.

  • St Fabian

    Jan 15, 2021

    Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope.

  • St Sebastian

    Jan 15, 2021

    Sebastian was the son of a wealthy Roman family. He was educated in Milan and became an officer of the imperial Roman army, and Captain of the Guard.

  • St Vincent

    Jan 15, 2021

    St Vincent was Deacon of Saragossa, and a martyr under Diocletian in 304. This most renowned martyr of Spain is represented in the dalmatic of a deacon, and has as emblems a cross, a raven, a grate, or a fire-pile. He is honored as patron in Valencia, Saragossa and Portugal. Very little can be confirmed about his life.

  • St Agnes

    Jan 15, 2021

    On Jan. 21, the Roman Catholic Church honors the virgin and martyr St. Agnes, who suffered death for her consecration to Christ.