Monthly Archives: July 2016

Bishops counter Rouen murder with promise to build ‘civilization of love’

[Austen Ivereigh] Catholic church leaders have reacted to the slaying by Islamists of an elderly French priest yesterday morning with a call to resist feelings of vengeance and hatred and to help build a civilization of love. The peculiar horror … Continue reading

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The festival of mercy in Krakow that gives faith a fresh start

[Austen Ivereigh] World Youth Day, which begins officially this afternoon in Kraków, Poland, is an extraordinary phenomenon of the modern Church: not just an exuberant, global celebration of Catholic faith, but a powerful experience of the inter-connectedness of the Body of Christ worldwide. In his … Continue reading

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Statement by Archbishop of Rouen in response to killing of Fr Hamel

  Statement by the Archbishop of Rouen following the brutal killing of an 84-year old French priest this morning (see Crux for story): From Krakow, I have learned about the killings this morning in the Church of Saint-Etienne du Rouvray. There were three … Continue reading

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MPs call for greater protection for anti-abortion doctors

[Austen Ivereigh] Doctors and nurses who refuse to take part in abortions are facing increasing hostility and often find their career prospects harmed, a UK parliamentary inquiry has found. In their report,  ‘Freedom of Conscience in Abortion Provision’, parliamentarians led by Fiona Bruce … Continue reading

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The Pope on Nice: ‘The pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts’

Remembering the loss of innocent lives in Nice, many of whom were children, the Pope yesterday said “the pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts”. Speaking at Sunday’s Angelus, he said he was “close to each family and the … Continue reading

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Papal spokesman declaration on the horror in Nice

Throughout the night we have followed with great concern the terrible news from Nice. On behalf of Pope Francis, we join in solidarity with the suffering of the victims and of the entire French people this day that should have … Continue reading

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Scottish bishops suggest Trident should be scrapped

[Austen Ivereigh] The Catholic bishops of Scotland have unanimously urged the UK government to take “decisive and courageous steps” towards eliminating its nuclear weapons, and suggest the money now being considered to renew the Trident programme could be better spent on … Continue reading

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CV director named advisor to Vatican communications body

[Austen Ivereigh] Days after appointing an American as its new spokesman, the Vatican has named an American laywoman as one of the first 16 new members of the Secretariat for Communications, the body created by Pope Francis last year to manage and overhaul … Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols ‘personally delighted’ at new UK PM

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has congratulated Theresa May on her appointment tomorrow as prime minister, saying that he is “personally delighted”. Mrs May has worked closely with the cardinal on … Continue reading

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American & Spanish journalists named new spokespeople for ‘boomtown’ Vatican

[Austen Ivereigh] Two journalists with long experience in Rome have been named as the director and vice-director of the Holy See Press Office following Fr Federico Lombardi’s retirement. In a major break with precedent, both are lay people, one of them … Continue reading

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