The commission that now-retired Pope Benedict XVI established to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmi-ngly to recognise as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981. However, according to a report published by the website Vatican Insider, the commission was much more doubtful about the thousands of alleged […]
Pope Francis gave the Catholic Church two of its youngest saints, canonizing shepherd siblings believed to have seen the Mado-nna 100 years ago in a Portuguese town that is now a major pilgrimage site. Hundreds of, thousands of, people, many of whom slept outdoors to hold their places, broke into applause as the leader of […]
For four days from 24-28 May, the Kirchentag was one of the highlights of the Reformation Jubilee. Prominent religious leaders, politicians, economists and other well-known personalities, including former US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Muhammad el-Tayyeb, spoke on and […]
Tymoteusz Szydlo, 25, son of Poland’s Prime Minister was ordained on Saturday May 27 in a ceremony attended by the Polish head of government and her family in the southern city of Bielsko-Biala. Prime Minister Szydlo’s other son, 23-year-old Blazej, is a medical student.
Within the next 10-20 years, a new and controversial fertility technology called in vitro gametogenesis could make it possible to manipulate skin cells into creating a human baby. However, this groundbreaking research has caused push-back from some critics, like Fr Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education at the National Catholic Bioethics Centre, who says IVG would […]
Archbishop Óscar Romero, who served as archbishop of El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador from 1977 until his 1980 assassination, was beatified as a martyr on May 23. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the Mass of beatification, which was attended by at least a quarter […]
Paris turned off the lights of the Eiffel Tower at 12:45AM on May 27 to pay tribute to the victims of the attack in Egypt’s Minya that left at least 28 people dead. The symbolic blackout of the monument was announced by the Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo on Friday, May 26 night from her Twitter […]
Bishops of the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) have been authorized by Pope Francis to ordain new priests without the approval of the local diocesan bishop, according to Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the traditionalist group. “Last year, I received a letter from Rome, telling me you can freely ordain your priests without […]