Global Church News

  • Bangladesh Christian Association at the service of the persecuted minority for 50 years

    Oct 09, 2019

    The organisation defends the rights of the weakest, calls for compliance with the law and the arrest of criminals, helps people regain possession of land seized by powerful local owners. It has 101 offices across the country and 13 abroad. Some Catholics tell their stories about the help they received.

  • Pope at Mass: Ideology should not replace faith

    Oct 09, 2019

    Celebrating Holy Mass Tuesday morning at the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, Pope Francis lamented Christians who judge everything “from the smallness of their hearts”. Instead, he said, the Lord mercifully approaches all human situations because He came to save, not to condemn.

  • Amazon Synod Day 2: The Church confesses

    Oct 09, 2019

    The second working day of the special Synod for the Pan-Amazon Region ended with the fourth General Congregation. The afternoon session was held in the presence of the Pope, with 182 synod fathers in attendance.

  • Chiang Rai: Joseph Briones, a PIME seminarian from the Philippines, ordained deacon

    Oct 08, 2019

    he ceremony took place at the Ngao mission. Mgr Joseph Vuthilert Haelom and more than 35 priests from the northern diocese attended the service, as did scores of tribal people. For Fr Ribolini, it was "a beautiful moment of ecclesial participation in the Missionary Month".

  • Synod is a time to listen, discern, not despise, pope says

    Oct 08, 2019

    The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is a time of reflection, dialogue and listening to the needs and sufferings of indigenous people, Pope Francis said.

  • Top synod cardinal says critics deserve attention and prayer, but not a veto

    Oct 08, 2019

    One of three prelates tapped by Pope Francis as co-presidents of the Oct. 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the Amazon has urged participants to fear neither blazing new trails nor blowback for doing so, saying critics of the synod’s agenda deserve prayers but not a veto on change.

  • Petition to the Virgin of the Rosary of Pompeii

    Oct 07, 2019

    Ahead of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Pope Francis invited the faithful to turn to the Virgin Mary, "in communion with the faithful gathered at Pompeii for the traditional Supplica" ("Petition"). Twice each year, on May 8th and again on the first Sunday of October, solemn prayers of petition are offered at the Marian Shrine at Pompeii for the needs of the whole world. Below, we present the full text of the "Supplica":

  • Pope: Look at the world with God's eyes, be witnesses of His goodness

    Oct 07, 2019

    Pope Francis on 5 October received in audience some 70 sisters participating in the 37th the General Chapter of the congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (RJM).

  • Kung Fu nuns rescue trafficked women in Nepal

    Oct 05, 2019

    In 2015, when an earthquake hit Nepal killing 9,000 people, women started to disappear.

  • Canonisation of new saints

    Oct 05, 2019

    Cardinal John Henry Newman, Sr Mariam Thresia of India, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family, and three others will be canonised Oct 13.