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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.

Bishop Mario Grech: An interview with the new secretary of the Synod of Bishops

Bishop Mario Grech: An interview with the new secretary of the Synod of Bishops

by: Antonio Spadaro, SJ , Simone Sereni - La Civiltà Cattolica in Church News,

Bishop Mario Grech is the new secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. Born in Malta in 1957, he was appointed Bishop of Gozo in 2005 by Benedict XVI. From 2013 to 2016 he was president of the Episcopal Conference of Malta. On October 2, 2019, Pope Francis appointed him pro-secretary general of the Synod of Bishops.

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.