The Pope is renewing his prayers for the embattled people of Venezuela, after a reported seven million people voted in an unofficial referendum against government changes to their constitution.The referendum was organised to put pressure on President Nicolas Maduro, in order to further weaken his legitimacy as a leader. “I express a...

New steps have been taken to repeal Washington DC’s assisted suicide law, as the House of Appropriations Committee voted to repeal the legislation last week.The day before the vote, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan sent a letter to members of the committee urging them to “nullify the DC City Council’s deceptively named ‘...

Religious leaders play a major role in preventing atrocity crimes by promoting peace around the world – but don’t have the resources to combat it themselves.Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Permanent Observer of the Holy See Mission to the UN, said that “religious leaders have much to contribute”, but ultimately it was the...

Religious leaders warn against violence in Kenya’s electionsLeaders from all faiths have called for peace and security during Kenya’s August 8 elections, a time associated with severe acts of violence.The Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ issued a joint statement with several religious leaders, urging security...

Christian pilgrims can once again visit one of the Faith’s holiest sites. The restored tomb in which Jesus’ body is believed to have been buried following his crucifixion has been reopened following extensive restoration and conservation work.Housed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, it was closed for...

Even as the fate of the baby Charlie Gard again hangs in the balance there is healthy discussion and disagreement about his tragic case among Catholics who might normally agree on other matters. Yet I want to suggest that, despite these differences, we share a common concern.  But first, I struggle to grasp how some believe that the court-...

The US and Russia have a distorted global vision, Pope Francis has said, warning that an alliance between the two could be dangerous for the world’s poorest and weakest.Interviewed by the Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari for Repubblica against the background of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, the Pope reportedly said: “I fear there are...

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