Recent Editorial

  • When did we confuse freedom of speech with the freedom to be rude?

    Apr 08, 2016

    I grew up in a society where there were some words that were never spoken — in front of women, in front of children, in public, at a dinner table, in a professional setting, on a telecommunications programme of any kind.

  • Francis breaks speed record on Instagram

    Apr 08, 2016

    Pope Francis has broken the record for the shortest amount of time for an Instagram account to gain one million followers, eclipsing the mark held by football star David Beckham.

  • USA was too late in condemning ISIS for Christian genocide

    Apr 08, 2016

    The spiritual head of the tiny Catholic flock living in the southernmost part of the Arabian Peninsula says the United States was too late in condemning the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) for committing genocide against Christians and other minorities.

  • ‘Cultural sensitivity’ and excluding women from ‘foot washing’

    Apr 01, 2016

    The decision by parts of the Catholic Church in India to differ with Pope Francis’ decision to allow women to have their feet washed in the ceremony on Holy Thursday is puzzling, to say the least.

  • Empower women and you empower the world

    Apr 01, 2016

    If diplomacy and policy-making are to be successful, all women – including those who are often left out of the conversation – must have a voice in the process, a Holy See representative told the United Nations.

  • Will Europe survive?

    Apr 01, 2016

    Looking over there these days, one wonders if we’re seeing not just widespread problems, but the failure of the European Union itself.

  • Why have footwashing?

    Mar 23, 2016

    Pope Francis on March 28, 2013, just weeks after being elected pope, when visiting a young offenders’ prison in Rome, washed the feet of some inmates, women and men, as part of his celebration of Holy Week.

  • Pope decries indifference to migrants

    Mar 23, 2016

    Pope Francis decried “the indifference” to the fate of the refugees and migrants in today’s world, as he opened the Holy Week celebrations in Rome on Palm Sunday, March 20.

  • Resurrection impacts us

    Mar 23, 2016

    It was an incomprehensible act of violence: 16 individuals, including four members of the Missionaries of Charity, were brutally shot and killed in a church-run retirement home in Yemen.

  • What's it like to go to confession with Pope Francis?

    Mar 18, 2016

    “Pope Francis practices what he preaches when he speaks of being a tender father in the confessional.”