Two more Catholic churches have been apparently set on fire in Canada's Pacific province of British Columbia, making it four that have been destroyed since the discovery of mass graves at two defunct boarding schools for First Nations children.
Pope Francis rejected the offer of resignation from the Archbishop of Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx on Thursday, who had told the pope he would step down amid the sexual abuse crisis.
The Vatican's orthodoxy office announced on Monday that the Roman Catholic Church could not bless same-sex relationships, in a statement approved by Pope Francis. The statement came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in response to a question about the church's power to bless same-sex unions.
Pope Francis told Uruguay’s new ambassador to the Holy See that a future visit to the country as well as to his native Argentina is still very much on the table. In an interview with Catholic News Service last week, Guzman Carriquiry, who prior to his appointment as Uruguay’s ambassador served as secretary of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, said he decided to ask the pope about the long-awaited visit when he presented his letters of credential Jan. 9.
The Catholic Church, some lawmakers, and the pro-life lobbies are ready for a major battle when the current Argentine government is expected to send a bill to legalize abortion. This follows statements from president Alberto Fernandez pledging to the green scarves movement, who strongly support the initiative that the long-delayed bill will be taken up for consideration soon.
Pope Francis has said that same-sex couples should be protected by civil union laws in some of the clearest languages he has used on the rights of gay people since his election seven years ago. He made his comments in a new documentary “Francesco” by Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky that was released on Wednesday.
Their arms raised towards the sky, worshippers of Mexico's saint of death pray before a giant cloaked skeleton asking for protection from the coronavirus and its devastating economic fallout. The Grim Reaper-like figure, whose devotees include drug cartel members as well as ordinary Mexicans, has been rejected by the Roman Catholic Church as blasphemous.
Pope Francis on Tuesday urged nations to fight global warming according to the 2015 Paris climate accord, weighing in on issues that figure in the US presidential race. Modern society had pushed the planet beyond its limits and the time to fix a climate emergency was running out, he said.
The Vatican urged Catholics on Thursday to disinvest from the armaments and fossil fuel industries and to closely monitor companies in sectors such as mining to check if they are damaging the environment.
On Wednesday, April first, the Bishop of Río Gallegos, Bishop Jorge García Cuerva, presided over a Eucharistic celebration in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated on what would later be Argentine soil.