Monthly Archives: March 2016

Church across the globe growing faster than population, new survey shows

[Austen Ivereigh] Numbers of baptised Catholics in the world went from just over 1.1bn to just under 1.3bn over the nine years from 2005 to 2014, an increase of 157m Catholics according to statistics just released by the Vatican. The rate of increase … Continue reading

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Republican Catholics in US repudiate Trump and all his works

[Austen Ivereigh] Donald Trump is “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States”, has driven politics to new depths of vulgarity, plays on racial fears, and favours torture while giving little indication that he is pro-life, defends religious freedom or the principle of limited … Continue reading

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Ballarat survivors meet with Pope’s anti-abuse commission

Three Australian victims of clergy sexual abuse who have been in Rome this week for the Cardinal George Pell hearings (see CV Comment) have met with a senior member of the Pontifical Commission for Minors, the Commission said today. Fr. Hans … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell statement following meeting with abuse survivors in Rome

Australian abuse survivors who have been in Rome this week listening to Cardinal George Pell give testimony via video link met with him today in a private meeting of just over an hour. The dozen survivors are from the cardinal’s former diocese of … Continue reading

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What is missing from the coverage of Cardinal Pell’s Lenten testimony on abuse

[Austen Ivereigh] It is a remarkable coincidence that Cardinal George Pell, one of the Vatican’s most senior figures, should be giving evidence to an Australian child abuse enquiry in the week that the Spotlight movie received an Oscar, and not long after … Continue reading

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