Global Church News

  • Yangon streets blocked by demonstrators as charges against Aung San Suu Kyi are growing

    Feb 20, 2021

    Thousands of people demonstrated Feb 17 in various cities of the country to show their opposition to the military coup and express their support for the democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, winner of last November’s elections.

  • A Lenten prayer chain in Europe for COVID-19 victims

    Feb 20, 2021

    The presidents of national Catholic Bishops’ Conferences throughout Europe have launched a Lenten prayer network and Eucharistic prayer chain for victims of COVID-19.

  • New Italian prime minister cites Pope in first parliamentary address

    Feb 20, 2021

    In his first speech to lawmakers, Italy's new prime minister, Mario Draghi, cited Pope Francis' words regarding humanity's failure in caring for the environment.

  • Statement by President Joe Biden on Ash Wednesday

    Feb 20, 2021

    History was made Feb 17 when Joe Biden became the first US president to mark the beginning of Lent with an Ash Wednesday statement. Earlier he received the ashes himself from Fr Brian McDermott SJ at Georgetown University.

  • President Biden re-establishes White House faith office

    Feb 20, 2021

    The White House announced on Feb 14: “President Biden is signing an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships, which will promote partnerships with religious and secular organisations to better serve people in need.

  • St Brigid of Ireland

    Feb 20, 2021

    On Feb. 1 Catholics in Ireland and elsewhere will honor Saint Brigid of Kildare, a monastic foundress who is – together with Saint Patrick and Saint Columcille – one of the country’s three patron saints.

  • Our Lady of Fatima pilgrim statue to visit three former Soviet republics for first time

    Feb 19, 2021

    In September and October the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima will for the first time visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

  • Protection of minors: A balance is needed

    Feb 19, 2021

    As many churches in different countries prepare to mark a Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse, an interview with Dr Myriam Wijlens, a professor in canon law and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, highlights the ongoing work of the Church to ensure the safety and the protection and dignity of all.

  • Archbishop Arshad: May the charity of Lent be for life

    Feb 19, 2021

    The Archbishop of Rawalpindi-Islamabad’s Lenten message sets the path for Easter. The 40 days are a time “to change our lives” by “taking care of the poor”. Praying “can happen at any time and in any place”.

  • Jimmy Lai to stay in jail as latest bail bid rejected

    Feb 19, 2021

    He will have to await trial for threats to national security in custody. Judge Pang: If released he could repeat the offense. Also indicted for helping 12 democratic activists escape, later arrested and sentenced in Shenzhen. Already on trial for his role in the anti-extradition movement.