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Europe Human Rights

Patrick hailed as saint for victims of human trafficking

St Patrick has been celebrated as a patron for human trafficking victims and migrants in a statement by the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Eamon Martin. Source: The Tablet.

Abuse crisis Europe

Polish Church condemns abuse charges against John Paul II

Polish Church leaders have reacted angrily to new claims that St John Paul II covered up clerical sexual abuse while serving as Archbishop of Krakow before his papal election and vowed to “defend his good name”. Source: The Tablet.


Pope’s top aide says Germany can’t proceed with blessing same-sex unions

The Vatican’s Secretary of State said there’s a need for dialogue with the German bishops after a recent vote in favour of blessing same-sex unions, insisting that the move does not align with official Catholic doctrine. Source: Crux.


German Church reform assembly calls for same-sex blessings

A meeting between Germany’s Catholic bishops and lay representatives agreed on Friday to call for the Church to approve blessings of same-sex unions. Source: NCR Online.

Abuse crisis Europe

Polish bishops and experts reject allegations St John Paul II covered up abuse

The Polish Bishops’ Conference says that “further archival research” is needed to fairly assess a new allegation, based on communist secret police records, that St John Paul II covered up child sexual abuse by a priest while serving as the archbishop of Krakow. Source: CNA.


Notre Dame cathedral to open in December 2024

Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which saw its spire and roof destroyed by fire in 2019, is expected to be rebuilt within the five-year deadline set by the French Government. Source: CNA.

Europe United Kingdom

Scotland’s bishops defend religion in public life

Scotland’s bishops have called out the country’s political parties for “removing the of conscience from their parliamentarians on votes involving contentious moral issues”. Source: Crux.

Disaster Europe Pope Francis

Francis prays for victims of deadly train collision in Greece

Pope Francis sent a message yesterday saying he was praying for the victims of a train crash in northern Greece, in which at least 36 people died and more than 75 were hospitalised. Source: National Catholic Register.


Synodal Path drama overshadows German bishops’ meeting

Controversy over the Synodal Path initiative for Church reform has overshadowed the German bishops’ spring plenary, which began in Dresden on Monday. Source: The Tablet.