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This blog offers comments on news stories as they relate to the Catholic Church. For more information on Catholic Voices visit www.catholicvoices.org.uk

Collins’s resignation doesn’t mean pope’s anti-abuse body is not working

[Austen Ivereigh in Rome] The resignation of the Irish abuse survivor, Marie Collins, from the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors (see statements below), is doubtless a major blow to the perception of the pope’s commitment to creating a safeguarding … Continue reading

Posted in abuse, Pope Francis, Vatican reform

UK Government closing door to disabled child refugees ‘truly shocking’ — Cardinal Nichols

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has described his deep shock at the UK government reneging on its commitment to Parliament last year to take in 3,000 vulnerable children fleeing war zones, many of whom are disabled. In a … Continue reading

Posted in Cardinal Nichols, human trafficking, migration/refugees

Bishops deplore ‘dark moment’ as Trump shuts US to refugees

[Austen Ivereigh] Catholic bishops have joined leaders across the faith spectrum in the United States in deploring President Donald Trump’s executive order Friday that halted the entire U.S. refugee program and banned all entries from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days. Shortly … Continue reading

Posted in migration/refugees, United States

Synod 2018 preparation opens with pope calling for voice of young

[Austen Ivereigh] The preparatory document for the next synod was launched by the Vatican today, together with a letter from Pope Francis to young people calling for them to make their voices heard in the run-up to October 2018. The … Continue reading

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Pope to ambassadors: Peace is built on culture of mercy

[What follows is full text of Pope Francis’s speech today to ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. The annual address is considered the most important foreign-policy address by the pope, and offers a state-of-the-world diagnosis. Although his strong words against … Continue reading

Posted in Holy See diplomacy, Pope Francis, Pope Francis address

Pope Francis lays out principles and achievements of Vatican reform

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has today laid out a series of criteria for reforming the Roman Curia, calling for a conversion of minds and hearts and warning that while some criticism of the reform is healthy, some of it is ill-willed. … Continue reading

Posted in Pope Francis, Uncategorized, Vatican reform

Pope, fitter than ever, celebrates 80th birthday with homeless

[Austen Ivereigh] Pope Francis has celebrated his 80th birthday today with a Mass with the cardinals and breakfast with the homeless, but otherwise leading a normal day of audiences and meetings at the Vatican. He said Mass this morning in the Pauline chapel … Continue reading

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