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A sneak preview of the pope's upcoming encyclical on human fraternity

A sneak preview of the pope's upcoming encyclical on human fraternity

by: Robert Mickens - La Croix International in Church News,

During a late summer press conference on upcoming celebration to the 800thanniversary of the Rule of Saint Francis, an Italian bishop quite casually mentioned in passing that Pope Francis will "soon be issuing an encyclical on human fraternity". The bishop was Domenico Pompili. He heads the Diocese of Rieti, a suffragan see of Rome.

Church Numbers in the World

Church Numbers in the World

by: GianPaolo Salvini, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church News,

The vitality of the Church and, above all, the faith that animates her pastors and her faithful cannot be measured by numbers and statistics. Only God knows the mysterious and unique relationship that unites him to people who profess themselves Catholic. This is what constitutes the essence of the faith.

Church and State on a collision course in Spain

Church and State on a collision course in Spain

by: Xavier Le Normand - La Croix International in Church News,

Cardinal Juan José Omella of Barcelona, considered one of Pope Francis' strongest allies among European bishops, has been elected president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE). His election comes at a crucial moment in Church-State relations in Spain.

Pope appoints woman to senior diplomatic role

Pope appoints woman to senior diplomatic role

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has broken a Vatican glass ceiling by appointing the first female manager at the Holy See’s Secretariat of State. Dr Francesca Di Giovanni has been given a senior diplomatic role as the new under-secretary at the Section for Relations with States and will have responsibility for working with international bodies such as the United Nations.

David Oakley is new Bishop of Northampton

David Oakley is new Bishop of Northampton

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has named Canon David Oakley, the leader of England and Wales’ largest seminary, as the new Bishop of Northampton. He succeeds Bishop Peter Doyle, who has reached the retirement age of 75, and will take over the governance of a diocese made up of almost 70 parishes spanning Bedford, Buckingham, Northampton and parts of Berkshire.

Spanish Jesuit to replace Pell at Secretariat for Economy

Spanish Jesuit to replace Pell at Secretariat for Economy

by: Christopher Lamb - The Tablet in Church News,

Pope Francis has named a Spanish Jesuit to succeed Cardinal George Pell as leader of the Vatican’s economy department. Fr Juan Antonio Guerrero will become the new Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, a role which charges him with pushing forward with reforms of the Vatican finances.

The Church in Japan prepares to welcome Pope Francis

The Church in Japan prepares to welcome Pope Francis

by: Father William Grimm - UCAN in Church News,

Pope Francis is expected to affirm the concerns of the Church in Japan regarding peace, an end to nuclear power plants, care for the marginalized of society, the problems of immigrants in Japan and protection of the environment.

An altar boy and a priest on leave become bishops

An altar boy and a priest on leave become bishops

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Church News,

He was an altar boy who dreamt of becoming a priest when he saw Jesuit priests visiting hinterland villages in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao. Bishop Jose Ramirez Rapadas, who at 46 years old became the country's youngest bishop, said he found his vocation when he went with the priests to the villages. 

Chesterton deserves to be made a saint, say supporters

Chesterton deserves to be made a saint, say supporters

by: Liz Dodd - The Tablet in Church News,

Fans of the Catholic author GK Chesterton have spoken of their frustration and disappointment at the decision not to open his cause for sainthood. Last week the Bishop of Northampton, Peter Doyle, wrote to the President of the Society of Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Dr Dale Ahlquist, stating that following a year-long investigation into the cause, much prayer, and a visit to the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in Rome, he was unable to promote Chesterton’s canonisation.

Macau to host seminary for Asian evangelization

Macau to host seminary for Asian evangelization

by: ucanews.com reporter, Macau in Church News,

A new seminary to train priests for the whole of Asia will open in the Chinese territory of Macau in September. The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples has entrusted management of the Redemptoris Mater College for Evangelization in Asia to the Neocatechumenal Way.

Filipino elected first Asian head of Dominican Order

Filipino elected first Asian head of Dominican Order

by: ucanews.com reporter, Manila Philippines in Church News,

A Filipino priest was elected head of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominican Order, during the congregation's general chapter in Vietnam on July 13. Father Gerard Francisco Timoner OP became the 88th master of the 800-year-old mendicant religious order and the first Asian to hold the post.

Henry Newman canonisation date announced for October

Henry Newman canonisation date announced for October

by: Christopher Lamb , Ruth Gledhill - The Tablet in Church News,

The Blessed John Henry Newman, one of the most significant figures of the 19th century, will be declared a saint on 13 October 2019. Pope Francis made the announcement of the date today during a public consistory for the causes of canonisations in the Vatican on 1 July. 

Vatican's women journalists resign in protest

Vatican's women journalists resign in protest

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Church News,

The founder and all-women editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have tendered their resignation over what they allege was a Vatican campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men."

Pope Francis names new bishops for southern Philippines

Pope Francis names new bishops for southern Philippines

by: Joe Torres, Manila - UCAN in Church News,

Father Leo Dalmao, CMF, left, has become bishop of Isabela, while Father Cosme Almedilla has been named the new prelate in Butuan. Pope Francis named this week two new Filipino bishops who will serve in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.