Syria - A Greek Orthodox priest has been abducted and murdered in the capital, Damascus. Fr Fadi Jamil Haddad of the church of St Elias in Qatana was found just days after he disappeared in the north of the capital. It has been reported that the priest’s body showed signs of extreme torture and his death is believed to have come after a ransom...

Switzerland - The Society of St Pius X (SSPX) has expelled the controversial Bishop Richard Williamson. The move was prompted, according to a statement from the group, due to the bishop’s refusal “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors”. The expulsion comes after the SSPX criticised Bishop Williamson for his strong opposition to...

Holy Land - Representatives of Catholic denominations in the region have denounced plans by Israel to extend its security wall.In a joint statement last week, 22 prelates and priests, all members of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land (ACOHL), point out that the extension plan will cut two Salesian convents off from the town of Beit Jala,...

Mexico - A son of the late Legion of Christ founder Fr Marcial Maciel has been arrested for allegedly attempting to extort money from the congregation.Gonzalez Lara was detained by police in Cuernavaca on October 22. Investigators allege that Lara, the older of two sons fathered by the late Maciel, entered into a plot to extort money from the...

Democratic Republic of Congo - A bishop has received a ransom demand for three Catholic priests kidnapped in the country last week.  Bishop Melchisedec Sikuli Paluku of Butembo–Benii, in the east of the country confirmed that he had received a phone call from an individual claiming to be acting on behalf of those who abducted Frs Wasukudi...

Young people are invited to a weekend retreat organised by Youth2000 in Wicklow Town from Friday, November 9-12 in the De La Salle College.“Young people are searching for something different. They are looking for meaning, for fulfilment, for satisfaction. They have never experienced the ‘Authoritarian Church’ and many of them are really curious to...

An order of Catholic knights with numerous leading Irish members has moved to clarify its status in the wake of a Vatican statement on recognised equestrian orders. Following an October 16 statement from the Vatican Secretariat of State that only a named selection of orders is officially recognised and supported by Rome, the Sacred Military...

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