Focus

  • ‘Unacceptable to trample on human dignity'

    Feb 18, 2022

    In his first interview since he was ordained to lead the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, Bishop Stephen Chow Sau-yan underlined the importance of protecting human dignity.

  • Top canonist warns against dangers of social media for priests

    Feb 18, 2022

    Ahead of a high-profile conference on the priesthood, prominent Jesuit canonist Fr Gianfranco Ghirlanda has cautioned against the risks of social media and excessive attachment to outward devotions, stressing the importance of service.

  • ‘58,000 Cups of Coffee’ initiative fuels synod conversations

    Feb 18, 2022

    An idea began brewing in Patrick Schmadeke’s head as he listened to an interview with Xavière Missionary Sr Nathalie Becquart on the Synod of Bishops in 2023 and the process leading up to it.

  • Uruguay’s Church hopes for revival with synod preparations

    Feb 18, 2022

    Uruguay’s Catholic Church has a lot riding on the two-year global preparations for the Synod of Bishops on synodality Pope Francis has convoked for 2023.

  • There is always HOPE

    Feb 18, 2022

    The mental battle was the hardest. Fear, doubt, anger, confusion are all potent ingredients that can make you spiral into a pit of hopelessness and depression.

  • Synod of Bishops offers initial assessment of synodal process

    Feb 11, 2022

    The Synod of Bishops releases an initial report on the synodal process currently being held at the diocesan level, and lays out the criteria for reports prepared by dioceses, Bishops’ Conferences, and Synods of Eastern Churches.

  • Latin American religious reaffirm commitment to synodality

    Feb 11, 2022

    On the occasion of the World Day for Consecrated Life, which was celebrated on 2 February, the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious (CLAR) reiterated its commitment to promoting change in the exercise of authority in the Church and to restore the spirit of Christian service so as to fulfill its prophetic role in society.

  • Global synodal path ‘a great opportunity to listen to one another’

    Jan 28, 2022

    Pope Francis said that the two year global consultation process leading to the Synod on Synodality is “a great opportunity” for Catholics to listen to one another.

  • Devising innovative ways of making the synod accessible to the faithful

    Jan 28, 2022

    As the universal Church prepares for the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to be held in 2023, prelates in Africa are translating base documents and reaching out.

  • A time for keeping silent

    Jan 21, 2022

    Natalia Trouiller has seen a lot of what works in the Church and a lot of what doesn't. A writer and lecturer, she has published several books. She also served from 2013-2015 as communications director for the Archdiocese of Lyon (France), an experience that helped her better understand the weight o