Less than a week before the arrival of Pope Francis in Mexico, local journalists have claimed that Mexican president’s wedding to a soap opera star was possible only because leading Church figures lied to help annul her previous marriage, reports Crux.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness raising campaign. Bishop Bill Wright will launch this year’s campaign today in Newcastle, writes Nicole Clements.
On February 24, a public forum at the ACU in Melbourne will explore how the Church, through its parishes and organisations, can play a significant role in combatting family violence.
Cardinal George Pell has welcomed the decision by the Royal Commission to hear his evidence by video link from Rome, and repeated that he was keen to respond to the issues raised in recent hearings, including allegations against him.
Catholic Social Services Australia has urged the Australian Government to use equity as its chief guiding principle as it develops the 2016-17 Federal Budget.
In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas, a Brazilian journalist born with microcephaly has said that what’s needed for those with the condition is assistance, not abortion, reports the Catholic News Agency.
The Archdiocese of Chicago could close as many as 100 parishes over the next dozen years under a comprehensive review announced by Archbishop Blase Cupich, reports Crux.
Fr Theodore Hesburgh, a transformative figure in Catholic higher education who led the University of Notre Dame in the US for 35 years, died on the university campus, aged 97.
A monk’s life isn’t for everybody, but the beauty and spirituality of one monastery is depicted in the new documentary Gladsome Light, reports the Mining Journal in Crux.
Kim Wilcke, Regional Manager at Australian Catholic Super and Retirement Fund in Canberra, talks about her role in the finance sector, in the newsletter of the National Office for the Participation of Women.
Despite the sex abuse scandals, the Church has seen a renewed interest in training for the priesthood. "The more bad publicity we've had, the more students we get," says the head of a leading Melbourne seminary.
In November, 2013, Francis issued his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel. It outlined his vision for a Church whose “doors should always be open,” and challenged economic injustice, reported Vatican Radio.
Francis burst on to the stage in March, 2013. With an easy charm, and an agenda focussed on the poor, he captured hearts around the world, even winning over a sceptical media. At year's end, TIME named him Person of the Year.
When Francis reached out into the St Peter's Square crowd to embrace Vinicio Riva, who has neurofibromatosis, an iconic image of the message of the Francis Papacy was born. CNN interviewed Riva in November, 2013.
In July, 2013, Pope Francis made his first Papal trip out of Rome, choosing Lampedusa, the Italian island where surviving African asylum-seekers make landfall in Europe. "Who has cried for the people" drowned at sea, the Pope asked.
Three million people attended the Pope's final Mass for World Youth Day 2013, on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, concluding his triumphant first overseas trip. Francis called on young people to revitalise the Church.
Pope Francis surprised many and set the tone for his Papacy with the first of his press conferences on a plane, conducted on his return from World Youth Day in Brazil.
In May, 2014, Francis went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He prayed at the Israeli security wall at Bethlehem and invited the Presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican for a prayer encounter to promote peace. DW has the story.
On Maundy Thursday, 2013, Pope Francis continued the Papal tradition of humbling himself by washing the feet of others, as Christ had done for his disciples. But, wrote the The Telegraph, "never before had a pontiff washed the feet of a woman."