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Vietnam archdiocese opens new pastoral center

Vietnam archdiocese opens new pastoral center

by: UCA News reporter, Hanoi in Church News,

Archbishops and bishops from the country's 27 dioceses concelebrated a special Mass on Oct 7 to mark the opening of a new pastoral center in the capital, Hanoi. The Mass held at St. Joseph Cathedral also marked the feast of Mary of the Rosary and concluded the national congress of bishops. 

A new shrine to Blessed Carlo Acutis unveiled in London

A new shrine to Blessed Carlo Acutis unveiled in London

by: Madoc Cairns - The Tablet in Church News,

A new shrine to Blessed Carlo Acutis was unveiled in London’s Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Maiden Lane, last week, after a mass and blessing by Bishop Nicholas Hudson. The shrine, recently carved by the renowned Italian liturgical sculptor Ferdinand Stuflesser, also contains a First Class relic of Blessed Acutis, presented to the Shrine by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Canon Peter Collins is new Bishop of East Anglia

Canon Peter Collins is new Bishop of East Anglia

by: Patrick Hudson - The Tablet in Church News,

Canon Peter Collins of the Archdiocese of Cardiff has been named as the new Bishop of East Anglia, succeeding Alan Hopes. Bishop Hopes announced the appointment at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich on Tuesday 11 October, the feast of St John XXIII.  He praised the bishop-elect’s “great personal, pastoral and theological gifts”.

St Bernadette: The religious relics drawing crowds across the country

St Bernadette: The religious relics drawing crowds across the country

by: Julia Bryson - BBC News in Church News,

Thousands of people have visited a Yorkshire cathedral to see the relics of of a 19th Century saint who is said to have seen the Virgin Mary. BBC News spoke to people who had made the trip to Leeds Cathedral to see the remains of St Bernadette to find out what drove them to attend. The Very Reverend Matthew Habron, dean of the cathedral, is clear why the crowds have come, describing it as an "historic and unique occasion".

 
Nicaraguan police arrest bishop in pre-dawn raid

Nicaraguan police arrest bishop in pre-dawn raid

by: Patrick Hudson - CNS in Church News,

Nicaraguan police burst into the Matagalpa diocesan headquarters in the early hours of Friday morning and removed an outspoken bishop who had been under house arrest for more than two weeks. Police raided the curia before dawn on 19 August and took Bishop Rolando Álvarez, according to a social media statement from the Diocese of Matagalpa. It said Bishop Álvarez’s whereabouts are unknown.

Pope sets date for beatification of John Paul I

Pope sets date for beatification of John Paul I

by: Patrick Hudson - The Tablet in Church News,

The Pope has set the date for the beatification of John Paul I on 4 September. The Vatican announced on Monday that Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass in St Peter’s Square at which John Paul I, his predecessor-but-two, will become “Blessed”. The rite of beatification will be read by Bishop Renato Marangoni of Belluno-Feltre in northern Italy, John Paul’s home diocese.

Pope sends video message to people of South Sudan

Pope sends video message to people of South Sudan

by: Patrick Hudson - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has joined the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in a video message to the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the date they had planned to make an ecumenical pilgrimage to the region. In his message sent on Saturday, 2 July, the Pope told the people of the two countries that “words at this time are not enough to convey the closeness I would like to express to you and the affection I feel to you”.

Church in Ireland must 'renew and refresh' says Archbishop

Church in Ireland must 'renew and refresh' says Archbishop

by: Sarah Mac Donald - The Tablet in Church News,

 The Catholic Church in Ireland is “moving from maintenance to mission” and needs to renew and refresh itself, according to the head of the Irish Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin. Speaking to The Tablet after the closing liturgy for the national pre-synodal assembly at the sixth century monastic ruins of Clonmacnoise, Archbishop Martin said: “We are only at the beginning of something here.

Vatican appoints new bishop to Vietnam diocese

Vatican appoints new bishop to Vietnam diocese

by: UCA News reporter, Hanoi in Church News,

Pope Francis has named a priest who waited years before obtaining a government permit for his priestly ordination as bishop of Vietnam’s largest diocese. Pope Francis had named Father Dominic Hoang Minh Tien, who serves as parish priest of Son Loc Cathedral and representative of the apostolic administrator of Hung Hoa Diocese, as residential bishop of the diocese.

 
The start of Synodal Church process in East Anglia, UK

The start of Synodal Church process in East Anglia, UK

by: Keith Morris - Diocesis of East Anglia, UK in Church News,

Bishop Alan Hopes has written a Pastoral Letter to everyone across the Diocese of East Anglia to mark the start of the worldwide Synodal Church process – in which the least as well as the greatest has the opportunity to be heard.

Beyond the politics of Communion

Beyond the politics of Communion

by: Charles C. Camosy - The Tablet in Church News,

The US bishops’ decision to draw up a document expected to disapprove of allowing Joe Biden to receive the sacraments is seen by some as an attack on a Democrat President. But a theologian argues that behind it is an attempt to address a crisis of eucharistic faith in American Catholicism.

A Spanish Franciscan is the new bishop of French Corsica

A Spanish Franciscan is the new bishop of French Corsica

by: Christophe Henning - La Croix International in Church News,

Pope Francis has appointed François-Xavier Bustillo, a Spanish-born Franciscan, as the new bishop of Ajaccio, which includes the entire French island of Corsica.The 52-year-old priest has been guardian of the Conventual Franciscan (Grey Friars) convent at the famous French Marian Shrine of Lourdes and the episcopal delegate for the protection of minors and vulnerable people since 2018.

Latin American Church plans unprecedented assembly

Latin American Church plans unprecedented assembly

by: La Croix International staff | Mexico in Church News,

The Catholic Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM), a major player in the formation of liberation theology, is planning an unprecedented "ecclesial assembly" to discuss issues affecting the 377 million Catholics in the region.The gathering is scheduled to take place in Mexico City from Nov. 21-28 and will involve bishops, priests, religious, and lay men and women.

Professor Hans Küng, Catholic theologian – obituary

Professor Hans Küng, Catholic theologian – obituary

by: Telegraph Obituaries - Wed, 7 April 2021 in Church News,

Within the Vatican Council itself, and especially at fringe meetings often attended by hundreds of bishops, Küng and a group of like-minded German and Dutch scholars provided the theological basis for substantial reform of the Church. They also assisted bishops with the preparation of their Council speeches. All this proved to be highly influential in the content of the Council’s decrees.

The Christians of Iraq

The Christians of Iraq

by: Giovanni Sale, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church News,

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq (March 5-8, 2021)[1] will bring to the attention of Christians around the world and of the international community the issue of the survival of Christian communities in Middle Eastern regions that, because of wars, tribal conflicts and poverty, risk disappearing forever. These are very ancient communities, many of apostolic foundation.

Pope calls Italian church to synod

Pope calls Italian church to synod

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has called for the Church in Italy to hold a national synod, a move that will put pressure on bishops across the world to follow suit. During a meeting with a group of catechists from the Italian Bishops’ Conference in the Vatican, the Pope said the “process” for a national synod “must begin” and should start “community by community, diocese by diocese”. 

Scotland 'saddened' by death of Archbishop Tartaglia

Scotland 'saddened' by death of Archbishop Tartaglia

by: Brian Morton - The Tablet in Church News,

Tributes to a “gentle, caring and warm-hearted pastor” greeted the news that the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has died suddenly at home in the city. Archbishop Tartaglia had tested positive for Covid-19 shortly after Christmas and was self-isolating, but it is not yet known whether the virus was implicated in his death.