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Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

Filed in News by on August 19, 2014 0 Comments
Pope Francis press conference on papal plane from Seoul: full transcript

On his flight back from Korea yesterday Pope Francis held another lengthy press conference, generating a series of stories today: He approved the idea of military intervention in Iraq to prevent the genocide now taking place at […]

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Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

Filed in Ethics by on June 11, 2014 3 Comments
Why the backers of assisted dying keep coming back

Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill had its First Reading in the House of Lords last week, and its second is expected on or close to 18 July. The Bill aims to change the law in order “to enable competent […]

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The secret of what makes the two popes saints

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The secret of what makes the two popes saints

Speaking this week at a Vatican press briefing entitled ‘Why Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II are saints’,  Fr Giovangiuseppe Califano, the current postulator for John XXIII’s canonisation – the fourth since 1966 – said that […]

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Pope Francis hosts trafficking conference organised by Church in England and Wales

Filed in Ethics by on April 14, 2014 0 Comments
Pope Francis hosts trafficking conference organised by Church in England and Wales

Last Thursday the Vatican hosted an international conference on the scandal of human trafficking, deplored by Pope Francis as a “crime against humanity”. The two-day conference, organized by the Church in England and Wales and chaired by Cardinal Vincent Nichols, […]

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The foetal body-burning scandal: facing the truth of a throwaway culture

Filed in Science by on March 30, 2014 10 Comments
The foetal body-burning scandal: facing the truth of a throwaway culture

  An investigation by Channel 4’s Dispatches has revealed that the bodies of thousands of miscarried and aborted babies have been incinerated as chemical waste, with some used to heat hospitals in a waste-to-energy scheme. The programme can be […]

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Mitochondrial transfer: science that crosses lines for no good purpose

Filed in Science by on March 17, 2014 0 Comments
Mitochondrial transfer: science that crosses lines for no good purpose

Three-parent embryos are the most  high-profile recent development in reproductive technology, and an area where the UK is striving to take a leading role — hence the  government consultation on new rules to allow it. Scientists, […]

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Catholic Voices National Speakers’ Training, London, Sept-Dec 2014

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Catholic Voices National Speakers’ Training, London, Sept-Dec 2014

Applications are now open for the Fifth National Speakers Training, which is taking place in London between September and December 2014. Catholic Voices, originally created for the 2010 papal visit to the UK, is now […]

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Pope Francis anniversary interview: highlights

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Pope Francis anniversary interview: highlights

Francis’s 5 March interview with Corriere della Sera — published simultaneously by La Nación in Argentina — contains fewer surprises than we have been used to in his previous ones, and has therefore attracted less attention than […]

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In biggest reform yet, Pope Francis names Cardinal Pell to new ‘Economy Secretariat’

Filed in News by on February 24, 2014 1 Comment
In biggest reform yet, Pope Francis names Cardinal Pell to new ‘Economy Secretariat’

Pope Francis has announced the biggest shake-up in Vatican administration for years by creating a new Secretariat for the Economy which will have oversight of all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and the […]

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Pope Francis’s La Stampa interview: summary & highlights

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Pope Francis’s La Stampa interview: summary & highlights

The Pope’s Christmas interview to the Italian daily La Stampa shows, if nothing else, that Francis’s habit of allowing himself to be interrogated by the media is going to be a feature of his papacy, setting […]

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Time Magazine names Pope Francis its ‘Person of the Year’

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Time Magazine names Pope Francis its ‘Person of the Year’

Reuters has the story, which begins: Time magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year on Wednesday, crediting him with shifting the message of the Catholic Church while capturing the imagination of millions of […]

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The Joy of the Gospel: a summary and guide to Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation

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The Joy of the Gospel: a summary and guide to Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation

The first teaching document mainly authored by Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, is a bold and thrilling bid to send the Catholic Church worldwide on mission. Energetic, direct, lyrical, its language and style model the evangelisation to […]

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Why western liberal adulation risks distorting the truth about Pope Francis

Filed in Catholic by on November 20, 2013 1 Comment
Why western liberal adulation risks distorting the truth about Pope Francis

‘Pope idol’ is the headline above the Sunday Times‘ informative profile of the ‘Francis effect’ — the term the media are using to sum up the invigorating, renewing effect of his papacy. The headline captures his […]

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The attempt to impose abortion-on-demand via Brussels

Filed in Ethics by on November 6, 2013 1 Comment
The attempt to impose abortion-on-demand via Brussels

The European Parliament recently voted against an attempt to make abortion a ‘human right’ in the EU. So far, so reassuring. But the margin was narrow. And the debate exposed the growing hostility to freedom of conscience […]

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Communion for the remarried: clarification and speculation from Archbishop Gerhard Müller at the CDF

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Communion for the remarried: clarification and speculation from Archbishop Gerhard Müller at the CDF

An important statement by the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation, the CDF, has reaffirmed existing church teaching on not admitting to the Eucharist Catholics who have remarried without first annulling their marriage. But in […]

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Pope Francis hits ‘reset’ — but not the way some imagine

Filed in Catholic by on September 27, 2013 3 Comments
Pope Francis hits ‘reset’ — but not the way some imagine

It is clear, six months into the heart-warming, unsettling whirlwind that is his papacy, that Francis is pressing the ‘reset’ button on the Church’s engagement with the world. It is an ambitious ‘reframe’, one allows […]

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The decision not to prosecute gender-specific abortions shortens the path to a eugenic society

Filed in Ethics, Society by on September 9, 2013 0 Comments
The decision not to prosecute gender-specific abortions shortens the path to a eugenic society

The early twentieth-century movement in favour of abortion was led by eugenicists — enlightened, progressive, scientifically-minded people who sought to create a society free from disability, racial inferiority and poverty by means of the selective […]

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EU’s religious freedom guidelines need improving in key areas

Filed in Ethics by on August 25, 2013 0 Comments
EU’s religious freedom guidelines need improving in key areas

Among the bodies welcoming the publication of the EU’s new religious freedom guidelines are COMECE, the Catholic Church’ Brussels lobby (its statement is here), and the campaign group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW; its statement is here). Both recognise that the […]

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Where the Strasbourg religious freedom judgement leaves the UK

Filed in Ethics by on June 10, 2013 0 Comments
Where the Strasbourg religious freedom judgement leaves the UK

The judgement handed down in January in four high-profile UK religious freedom cases by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has strengthened the freedom to manifest belief (Article 9). The judges disagreed with the UK courts in […]

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Pope Francis calls for just wage, deplores ‘slave labour’

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Pope Francis calls for just wage, deplores ‘slave labour’

A society that “does not pay a just wage”, that “does not give work” to people and that “only looks to its balance books, that only seeks profit” is unjust and goes against God, Pope […]

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