Global Church News

  • New church dedicated to first Laotian martyr

    Jan 21, 2022

    The small Catholic community in Laos rejoiced at the opening of a new church dedicated to the first Laotian martyr of the Hmong ethnic group.

  • Philanthropist creates harmony between religions by serving the poor

    Jan 21, 2022

    Bryan Everest Benedict is a Catholic philanthropist from Karachi who is working to create harmony between communities through service to the poor, without discrimination of creed, race or colour.

  • City names 2022 the Year of Edith Stein

    Jan 21, 2022

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of Edith Stein’s baptism in the Catholic Church. The city where the philosopher turned saint was born has launched a Year of Edith Stein to celebrate the life and legacy of the woman who was martyred at Auschwitz.

  • Seven detained Tigrayan nuns released in Ethiopia

    Jan 21, 2022

    Seven Catholic ethnic Tigrayan nuns arrested by Ethiopian security forces in November last year have been freed and are reportedly in good health conditions.

  • Dutch cardinal urges reluctant parishes to re-open for worshippers

    Jan 21, 2022

    Despite the fact that the current COVID-19 protocol in The Netherlands allows churches to admit 50 worshippers, six parishes in the Archdiocese of Utrecht chose not to hold any physical celebrations at all.

  • Ecumenism, from the pandemic to the Synod

    Jan 21, 2022

    Tuesday, January 18, saw the opening of the annual week of prayer for Christian Unity, taking place from Jan 18 to 25. Bishop Brian Farrell (pic) from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) reflects on some of the aspects that may have had an effect on Christian unity during this historic period.

  • Why the world needs faith

    Jan 21, 2022

    In her first blog as Director of Theos think tank, Chine McDonald explains why she is convinced the world needs to pay attention to faith and belief.

  • Clashing realities

    Jan 21, 2022

    Oxfam’s annual report and the growing inequality gap between rich and poor

  • Nun reaches out to young and old via YouTube

    Jan 21, 2022

    For Sister Sunitha Ruby, a nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic has proved a blessing in disguise.

  • The world can draw inspiration from a Melanesian martyr

    Jan 21, 2022

    With violence against women prevalent throughout the globe, mostly committed by their partners, a misogynistic society can perhaps turn to the exemplary life of a Melanesian layman, a catechist, who was murdered for defending his Catholic faith and the dignity of women.