Global Church News

  • St Dominic

    Aug 05, 2022

    If he hadn’t taken a trip with his bishop, Dominic would probably have remained within the structure of contemplative life; after the trip, he spent the rest of his life being a contemplative in active apostolic work.

  • Saint Clare of Assisi

    Aug 05, 2022

    St Clare was born in 1193 in Assisi to a noble family. Before her birth, her mother received a sign that her daughter would be a bright light of God in the world.

  • Lebanon marks grim anniversary of Beirut explosion

    Aug 05, 2022

    The 2020 Beirut port blast was the “crime of the century,” said Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch. In a solemn Mass commemorating the second anniversary of the blast on August 4, the cardinal expressed frustration that no one had been held accountable for the explosion that left 2

  • Australian Bishops highlight commitment to confronting abuse, domestic violence

    Aug 05, 2022

    The Australian Catholic Bishops publish their annual social justice statement which addresses the scourge of domestic and family violence in society. The bishops also release a new draft code which puts safety at the heart of mission.

  • Patriarch Sako warns on risks of political tsunami in Iraq

    Aug 05, 2022

    The head of the Chaldean Church expresses concerns over the political deadlock that has kept Iraq without an elected government for nearly 10 months, as rival demonstrations continue in the capital Baghdad.

  • Adriana and Margherita: two Ukrainian girls find friendship in the Vatican

    Aug 05, 2022

    The daughter of Ukrainian refugees and the daughter of an Italian-Swiss father and a Ukrainian mother meet during the Vatican youth summer camp and express their shared hope that the violence in their country will soon end.

  • Lebanon marks grim anniversary of Beirut explosion

    Aug 05, 2022

    As August 4 marks two years since a huge explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital of Beirut, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rai presides over Mass to commemorate the victims.

  • Christian, Jewish and Yazidi cemeteries desecrated by teens and extremists

    Aug 05, 2022

    In mid-July, Jewish graves were destroyed in Haskoy, an Istanbul suburb. Previously, Christian burial sites in Mardin and Van were targeted. Dead Yazidi have been dug up, their bodies repositioned in accordance with Islamic practice. Teens aged 11 and 13 have been involved. An Armenian member of Turkey’s parliament bemoans the mindset that “filled those children with hatred”.

  • Bishops of DR Congo call for peaceful protest after dozens killed

    Aug 04, 2022

    The Bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo voice their concern after protests against the UN peacekeeping force left three dozen people dead in the east of the African nation.

  • Record number of migrants cross English Channel in one day

    Aug 04, 2022

    The number of people crossing the English Channel in small boats for the UK hit a daily record for the year on Monday, as authorities make efforts to deal with the influx of migrants