International

It took a people to give birth to ’Dutertismo’

October 11:It is easy to hate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte when he convulses with glee at killings, dismisses laws, and treats government as his personal fiefdom.

Hong Kong Caritas counsels against criminal sexual behavior

October 11: Priests and laypeople are among the more than 600 people who have sought to end their criminal sexual behavior through a treatment and prevention program run by Caritas in Hong Kong.

Vietnamese bishop remembered for rebuilding poor diocese

October 11: Catholics have mourned the death of a bishop who bravely rebuilt Vietnam’s northern Thai Binh Diocese in the face of official restrictions.

Caritas appeals for help to restore Marawi cathedral

October 11: Caritas in the Philippines is appealing for help to restore St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi as fears grow of malnutrition and displacement problems resulting from the ongoing terrorist attacks.

Iraqi women visit historic monastery after its recapture from Islamic State

October 11:Last week 300 women visited a historic monastery near Mosul after its liberation from the Islamic State – a decision their priest said was made in order to show they aren’t afraid, and that Christians in Iraq are there to stay.

Pope praises ’beautiful, complex’ diversity of Catholic Churches in India

October 11:Pope Francis on Tuesday said the variety of Catholic Churches and rites in India is a richness for the country that ought to be strengthened, and as a means of doing so, he expanded the reach of one of the country’s indigenous Churches.

Why did Twitter reject this pro-life ad?

October 11:A political advertisement for pro-life Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has been blocked by Twitter for statements about Planned Parenthood selling fetal body parts for medical research.

Priest who secretly ministered under Soviet rule moves closer to sainthood

October 11:On Monday Pope Francis advanced eight causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union for nearly 40 years.

Bishop: Trump’s immigration principles will harm the vulnerable

October 11:After US President Donald Trump asked Congress to pass stricter immigration laws if they plan to grant legal status to certain undocumented immigrants, one bishop said Trump’s proposals would hurt the vulnerable.

Everything you need to know about Fatima (Part 1)

October 10:It’s the most popular and well-known Marian apparition in the recent history of the Church.

Migration, Reformation center of Pope’s meeting with German president

October 10:On Monday Pope Francis met German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Vatican for a conversation focused largely on migration and ecumenical dialogue in the country in light of the Reformation anniversary.

Don’t rush to judge Columbus, anthropologist encourages

October 10:The controversies surrounding Christopher Columbus are sometimes misplaced and should not overshadow Columbus’ Christian motives in his voyages, a scholar of religious studies and anthropology has said.

Expert ’shocked’ at lack of awareness about online abuse

October 10:At the close of a Rome conference on child protection online, a leading expert in the field said that while the statistics are well-known, he was surprised by the lack of awareness about the problem.

Contemplative religious sisters are coming to this English diocese

October 10:The Diocese of Lancaster announced Friday that the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest, an order of contemplative religious sisters, are being welcomed into the diocese.

Robert George reflects on Trump admin’s latest religious liberty moves

October 10:Two sets of announcements by the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services issued Friday both promise to broaden religious freedom protections in the United States.

Border landmines an unseen threat to Rohingya

October 9: Salamutullah, 32, is now sheltering with his 15-member extended family at Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar.

Pakistani court suspends order to deregister rights group

October 9:A Pakistani high court has suspended a state government order to cancel the registration of a prominent human rights group which provides free legal aid to death-row prisoners.

Philippine church denies trying to undermine Duterte

October 9:Philippine Catholic bishops say they are not out to undermine the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte by offering sanctuary to several policemen allegedly linked to drug-related killings.

For global ’peripheries,’ poverty can lead to online exploitation

October 9:While the challenge of protecting children online is one faced throughout the world, Church leaders from Asia and Africa said that the developing world faces the compounding problem of poverty.

One hundred years later, Fatima still offers a potent message

October 9:Although the Fatima apparitions occurred 100 years ago, the Vatican’s resident Fatima expert has said they contain a message that is both relevant and needed in the world today.

The ’novelty’ of Christianity is love, not revenge, Pope Francis says

October 9:On Sunday Pope Francis said the new and unique perspective offered by Christianity is an attitude of love, rather than revenge, which God continues to adopt even in the face of our sins and errors.

Pope Francis dedicates October to praying for the unemployed

October 9:Having dignified work is a topic Pope Francis has continuously returned to since his election, and it surfaced again in his latest prayer video, which urges viewers to spend October praying that employees have just working conditions.

Australian bishops meet in Rome as Church reels from recent crisis

October 9:Last week, Church leaders from Australia traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican authorities to discuss the various crises Catholics in the country are currently undergoing, largely tied to a history of clerical sex abuse.

Why this young woman spoke up against ’Men for Choice’

October 9:Men are often told they have no voice in the abortion debate, yet an ongoing program, “Men for Choice”, seeks to amplify the voices of men in order to support abortion.

Religious, secular experts unite in call to protect child safety online

October 7:In a joint declaration on the need to protect youth on the internet, leaders and experts from various fields stressed the need Friday to raise awareness of digital dangers and to collaborate on child protection.

A tele-prayer service for Catholics with mental illnesses

October 7:To recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability held a teleconference prayer service offering those with mental illness, and their friends and family, communal and spiritual support.

EWTN chairman encouraged by changes to HHS mandate

October 7:The chairman of EWTN Global Catholic Network voiced optimism over an announcement by the Trump administration Friday broadening religious and moral exemptions to the HHS mandate.

Vietnamese native appointed auxiliary bishop of Orange

October 7:Father Thanh Thai Nguyen, a priest of the Diocese of St. Augustine and a native of Vietnam, was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange on Friday.

How the US can protect human rights in China

 

October 7:The Trump administration should act to address “severe violations of religious freedom” in China, a bipartisan congressional commission said Thursday.

Pope Francis: ’painful’ failures help Church lead in protecting minors

October 7:On Friday, Pope Francis told a group of religious and secular experts from around the world that protecting minors against increasing online threats is a serious new concern, and one in which the Church can be a leading voice.