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Poland activists urge people to think before ticking Catholic box in census

Campaigners hope more accurate picture of country’s makeup will challenge government narrative of near-universal CatholicismActivists in Poland are asking people to consider if they are truly Roman Catholic when filling out a national census, hoping a more accurate picture of the country’s makeup will challenge a government narrative of near-universal Catholicism.In the last census, completed a decade ago, 96% of respondents claimed they were Roman Catholic. This has been used by the rightwing L...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Poland, Catholic


Catholic church says Haiti faces ‘descent into hell’ after clergy kidnappings

Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince condemns government inaction and says violence by ‘armed gangs’ is now ‘unprecedented’The Catholic church has warned that Haiti is facing a “descent into hell” and condemned government inaction after 10 people, including seven members of the clergy, were abducted by kidnappers demanding $1m ransom.“For some time now, we have been witnessing the descent into hell of Haitian society,” the archdiocese of the capital Port-au-Prince said in a statement, adding that “viol...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Americas, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, Haiti, Port Au Prince


Haiti kidnappers abduct seven Catholic clergy and demand $1m ransom

France activates crisis center after five priests and two nuns – five Haitian and two French – abducted Sunday in Croix-des-BouquetsFrance has activated its foreign ministry crisis center after seven Catholic clergy – five of them Haitian and two French – were abducted in Haiti and the kidnappers demanded a million-dollar ransom.The statement came as the French Bishops’ Conference and other French clergy expressed “their deep concern” and urged “the kidnappers to free the men and women of peace ...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Americas, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Haiti, Croix des BouquetsFrance


Gerald Ridsdale: Victorian man abused as schoolboy by paedophile priest given $1.5m settlement

The settlement, on eve of trial, is one of the largest payouts Victoria has seen for institutional sexual abuseA Victorian man abused as a schoolboy by Catholic pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale and two teachers has been given a $1.5m settlement on the eve of the matter going to trial.It was the early 1970s when the man, who cannot be named, joined Ridsdale’s list of almost 70 child victims. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Catholicism, Catholic, Victoria, Gerald Ridsdale, Ridsdale


Theodore Roosevelt’s religious tolerance

Theodore Roosevelt is everywhere. Most famously, his stone face stares out from South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore. In addition, an island, national park, and aircraft carrier bear his name; university institutes and scholarly associations honor his legacy; and (in mascot form) he even runs the perimeter of the Washington Nationals stadium during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball games.Roosevelt’s ubiquity is not without reason. His achievements as a hunter, naturalist, historian, soldier, sta...
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A cartoon before first communion: Susan Kandel’s best photograph

‘Left to her own devices, she’d be in a T-shirt and out in the dirt. But she’s been told to be good, stand still and not mess up her dress’This photo was easy because this is my niece, who’s getting ready for her first communion. Her normal state was to be very active, never stationary for more than a minute. Left to her own devices, she’d be wearing a T-shirt and probably out there in the dirt. What I see in this picture is that she’s been told to be good, stand still and not mess up her dress....
Tags: Family, Photography, Religion, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Christianity, Stoughton Massachusetts, Art and design books, Susan Kandel


Pope decries spending on arms during pandemic in Easter message

Francis also calls for distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to be sped up, particularly to the world’s poorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePope Francis has urged countries in his Easter message to speed up the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”.Coronavirus has meant this has been the second year in a row that Easter papal services have been attended by small g...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, The papacy, Pope, Francis, St Peter, Coronavirus


Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy

Attacks on gay people continue unchecked as activists step up their 25-year battle to win LGBT rightsDaniela Lourdes Falanga has had her fair share of battles. The first was to survive a brutal upbringing as the firstborn son of a mafia boss in Naples. Falanga, 43, had been expected to follow in the footsteps of her father, currently serving a life sentence, into the powerful Camorra organised crime syndicate. Instead, she found the courage to break ranks, and in 2019 was elected the first trans...
Tags: Europe, Religion, European Union, Society, World news, Catholicism, Italy, Christianity, LGBT rights, The far right, Hate Crime, Naples, Camorra, Arcigay, Matteo Salvini, Falanga


Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions, Vatican decrees

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rules that God ‘cannot bless sin’The Vatican has decreed that the Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin”.The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response on Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, LGBT rights, Vatican, Catholic, Congregation


It's a sin! Priests finally reveal the secrets of the confessional

What’s the most common transgression people feel guilty about? Sex, of course. Now, in a controversial new French book, Catholic clergymen unveil some surprising intimate detailsName: Confession.Age: 1,000 years old. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Sex, Religion, Life and style, Catholicism


Pope Francis visits churches destroyed by Isis in northern Iraq

Pontiff travels to northern city of Mosul to pray for war victims on last day of historic visitPope Francis arrived in northern Iraq on Sunday, to pray in the ruins of churches damaged or destroyed by Islamic State extremists and celebrate an open-air mass on the last day of the first-ever papal visit to the country.The Vatican hopes that the landmark visit will rally the country’s Christian communities and encourage them to stay despite decades of war and instability. Francis has also delivered...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Francis, Mosul, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani


Pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Sistani call for unity at Iraq meeting

Catholic and Shia leaders strengthen dialogue between their faiths on first ever papal visit to the countryTwo of the most influential faith leaders in the world reached across a religious divide on Saturday to promote peace and unity in a historic meeting.Pope Francis, 84, the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, 90, the spiritual leader of most of the world’s Shia Muslims, talked for almost an hour during the first ever papal visit to Iraq, the p...
Tags: Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Islam, The papacy, Catholic, Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, Ayatollah Sistani


Pope Francis arrives in Baghdad for risky, historic Iraq tour

Thousands of security personnel deployed to protect 84-year-old on first trip outside Italy since 2019Pope Francis has landed in Baghdad for his most risky foreign trip since his election in 2012, saying he felt duty-bound to make the “emblematic” visit because Iraq had suffered so much for so long.An Alitalia plane carrying him, his entourage, a security detail, and about 75 journalists, touched down at Baghdad International airport slightly ahead of schedule just before 2pm local time. Continu...
Tags: Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Italy, Christianity, The papacy, Francis, Baghdad, Alitalia, Coronavirus, Baghdad International


The Guardian view on the pope in Iraq: in the footsteps of Abraham | Editorial

The first papal visit to Iraq can promote inter-faith dialogue in an age of religious polarisationThe lead-up to the first-ever papal visit to Iraq has been somewhat overshadowed by concerns over its timing. Last month, a surge of coronavirus cases led the Iraqi government to impose a partial lockdown and curfew. The Vatican’s ambassador to Iraq, Archbishop Mitja Leskovar, is currently self-isolating after testing positive for Covid, and there are fears that crowds enthusiastic to see Pope Franc...
Tags: Iraq, Religion, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Islam, Vatican, The papacy, Baghdad, Mitja Leskovar


Polish court acquits LGBTQ+ activists over rainbow icon poster

The three defendants had been accused of desecration and offending religious feelingsA Polish court has acquitted three activists who had been accused of desecration and offending religious feelings for producing and distributing images of a revered Roman Catholic icon altered to include the LGBTQ+ rainbow.The posters, which they distributed in the city of Płock in 2019, used rainbows as halos in an image of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus. Their aim was to protest against what they considere...
Tags: Europe, Protest, Religion, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, LGBT rights, Poland, Freedom Of Speech, Virgin Mary, Płock


Former pope Benedict says 'fanatical' Catholics still won't believe he's not the pope

Pope emeritus says some who are unhappy with successor Pope Francis have refused to believe he willingly stepped downFormer pope Benedict has chided conservative Roman Catholics who have not accepted his decision to resign, calling them “fanatical” and reminding them there is only one pope and it is Francis.Benedict, now 93, became the first pope in more than 600 years to resign instead of ruling for life, saying he no longer had the strength to govern the 1.3 billion-member church. Continue rea...
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First papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite Covid and terrorism concerns

Visit from Pope Francis will start in Baghdad on Friday and is his first trip abroad in 15 months Despite the twin threats of Covid-19 and terrorism, the first ever papal visit to Iraq is due to begin on Friday, during which Francis will meet beleaguered Christian communities and one of the world’s most influential Muslim leaders.For 84-year-old Pope Francis, it will be his first trip abroad for 15 months as the pandemic has curtailed his movements. New Covid restrictions came into effect in Ira...
Tags: Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, The papacy, Muslim, Francis, Baghdad


Pope Francis expects to remain pontiff until his death

In a new book, Francis says he expects to die in Rome, not his native Argentina, either as ‘active or emeritus’ popePope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled The Health of Popes.In an interview granted to Argentinian journalist and physician Nelson Castro at the Vatican in February 2019, the pope said he thinks about death, but does not fear it. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, Rome, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Argentina, Francis, Nelson Castro


Meet the millennial who's mapping the Catholic Church's land holdings to fight climate change

Thanks to this fantastic New Yorker profile, I just learned about Good Lands, an environmental initiative run by Molly Burhans that aims to catalog the landholdings of the Catholic Church in order to protect the planet. Burhans has been a deeply committed Catholic since she was twenty-one. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Climate Change, Conservation, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Catholic Church, Catholic, Cartography, Dorothy Day, Land Trust, Burhans, Global Wildlife Conservation, Climate Change Is Real, The catholic church is at it again, Catholic Workers Movement


'A door has opened': Pope Francis appoints first woman to senior synod post

France’s Nathalie Becquart, undersecretary of synod of bishops, is first woman to hold the rank which gives voting rightsBreaking with tradition, Pope Francis has appointed Frenchwoman Nathalie Becquart as an undersecretary of the synod of bishops, the first woman to hold the post and have voting rights.The 52-year-old is one of the two new undersecretaries named to the synod, the body of bishops that studies major questions of doctrine and where she has been a consultant since 2019. Continue re...
Tags: France, Religion, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Nathalie Becquart


‘Is it OK to eat during online mass?’: how the faithful handle lockdown

From streamed baptisms to the impossibility of hajj, it’s been a tricky time for religious people to stay observant. But many have some holy hacksWell before places of worship were closed during the first lockdown, we hectored my father to remain indoors and stay safe. He rebelled. One frigid Sunday last March, through the silence of a sleeping household, he slunk down the hall and to the kitchen, careful not to rouse his house guests.We don’t know if his plan was dependent on my siblings being ...
Tags: Religion, Communities, Society, Judaism, Catholicism, Christianity, Islam, Coronavirus


Jesuit order in Spain apologises for decades of sexual abuse by members

Society of Jesus admits 81 children and 21 adults were sexually abused by 96 of its members since 1927The Jesuit order in Spain has admitted that 81 children and 21 adults have been sexually abused by 96 of its members since 1927, and has apologised for the “painful, shameful and sorrowful” crimes.In a report released on Thursday, the Society of Jesus, whose members often work as teachers, said most of the abuse had taken place in schools “or was related to schools”. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, Religion, Spain, Society, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Jesus, Jesuit, Rape and sexual assault


Pope’s adviser says Covid has highlighted ‘existential’ climate risk

Focus must be on justice for those fleeing impact of extreme weather events, says new scientific adviser to VaticanThe pope’s newly appointed scientific adviser said the coronavirus pandemic has forced world leaders to face up to the “existential risk” of the climate crisis.Prof Ottmar Edenhofer said rich countries now had a moral duty to compensate poor countries already suffering the impacts. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, Religion, World news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Migration, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Global development, The papacy, Pope, Migration And Development, Ottmar Edenhofer, COVID


Irish church and state apologise for callous mother and baby homes

Taoiseach accepts state responsibility for historic cruelty as Catholic primate acknowledges ‘painful truths’The Irish state and Ireland’s Catholic church have made landmark apologies for running and enabling a network of religious institutions that abused and shamed unmarried mothers and their children for much of the 20th century.The taoiseach, Micheál Martin, led government figures on Wednesday in accepting responsibility and expressing remorse for mother-and-baby homes that turned generation...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Children, Religion, Society, World news, Ireland, Social exclusion, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Child rights, Micheal Martin


Ireland publishes report on 'appalling' abuse at mother and baby homes

‘We embraced judgmental, moral certainty and perverse religious morality,’ says taoiseach Ireland has ripped back the veil on a dark historical chapter that condemned tens of thousands of unmarried mothers and their babies to callousness and cruelty in institutions run by both the state and the Catholic church.A judicial commission of investigation published a long-awaited 2,865-page report into a network of “mother and baby homes” that inflicted abuse and shame – with the complicity of wider so...
Tags: Europe, Children, Religion, Society, UK News, Ireland, Catholicism


Pope condemns travelling abroad to escape coronavirus lockdowns

Pontiff uses video address to urge public to ‘take care of each other’ Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePope Francis has condemned people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering of others.Speaking after his weekly noon blessing, Francis said he had read newspaper reports of people catching flights to flee government curbs and seek fun elsewhere. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Pope, Francis, Coronavirus


Irish state broadcaster apologises over TV comedy depicting God as rapist

RTÉ New Year’s Eve show included mock news report about God implicated in sexual harassment caseIreland’s state broadcaster, RTÉ, has apologised after an outcry over a television comedy sketch that depicted God as a rapist.A countdown show on New Year’s Eve included a mock news report about God being the latest prominent figure implicated in a sexual harassment scandal. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Television, Religion, World news, Culture, Ireland, Television & radio, Catholicism, Christianity


Christmas on Ice

I had thought that this year attending Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services would need to be in Chinese, since, as I mentioned before, English language religious services have not been allowed to resume yet in Shanghai. But Chinese services had strictly limits placed on the number of attendees, and there wasn’t enough supply to meet the demand. Foreigners were having secret “lunches” and “dinners” just so they could celebrate Christmas in a religious way. I don’t like talking about ...
Tags: Censorship, Religion, Personal, Catholicism, Christianity, Shanghai, Linguistics, Ccp


Western Isles council rejects official sex ed in favour of Catholic teaching

Vote came after ministers on Lewis said parents and teachers unhappy about government-backed materialsThe Western Isles has been hit by a fresh row over the influence of churches on public policy after councillors voted to endorse a Catholic manual on teaching sex education and relationships in schools.A large majority of councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) backed a motion “commending” Roman Catholic teaching materials, which uphold an orthodox Catholic stance against sexual intercou...
Tags: Education, Scotland, Religion, Society, UK News, Catholicism, LGBT rights, Schools, Local Government, Catholic, Lewis, Western Isles, Roman Catholic, Relationships and sex education, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar CnES


Covid-19 dominates Christmas messages from Christian leaders

Pope urges nations to share Covid vaccines while archbishop of Canterbury insists ‘darkness has not overcome the light’See all our coronavirus coverageChristian leaders have delivered their Christmas messages, with the pope calling on nations to share Covid-19 vaccines and the archbishop of Canterbury saying that despite a testing year, “darkness has still not overcome the light”.Pope Francis delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message virtually from a lectern in...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, Justin Welby, Pope, Anglicanism, Canterbury, St Peter