By Elise Ann Allen ROME — (Crux) On Saturday morning the Vatican announced that Pope Francis, who suffers from various health maladies and had two hospital stays last year, canceled his scheduled audiences for the day due to a mild flu. In a Feb. 24 statement, the Vatican said that “due to a mild flu-like […]
The Vatican is seeking to draw pilgrims to the four historic papal basilicas scattered around Rome — not physically, but virtually, through a website and podcast aimed at drawing young people into the spiritual depth of Rome’s sacred spaces.
A growing rift between the Vatican and Israel was exacerbated Wednesday, when the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See hit back against a top Vatican official who said the ongoing Israeli military offensive in Gaza is disproportionate.
As Ukraine prepares to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion Feb. 24, Church leaders of the war-torn country urged people not to forget the suffering and devastation that continues to take place.
Argentina’s first female saint arguably worked yet another miracle at her own canonization Mass Sunday, bringing Pope Francis and rightwing populist Argentine President Javier Milei, known for his derogatory remarks about the pontiff, together for a warm embrace.
Ireland’s most-senior churchman hailed an agreement that sees a Catholic take the top political job in Northern Ireland for the first time in its history as an “opportunity for a fresh start and a new beginning.”
In a letter addressed to “my Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel,” Pope Francis expressed his heartbreak at the violence unleashed by the Hamas attack on Israel in October and he repeated the Catholic Church’s condemnation of all forms of antisemitism and anti-Judaism.
In the wake of a shooting at a Catholic Church in an Istanbul neighborhood Sunday that left one person dead, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, fear is once again on the rise among Turkey’s embattled Christian minority.
While conceding it’s not “realistic” to expect peace anytime soon, the top Catholic official in the Holy Land nevertheless has called for an immediate cease-fire in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza and for real progress toward a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Several significant developments for the Catholic Church in China have occurred over the past week, including the appointment of a new bishop and the establishment of a new diocese on the mainland for the first time since Mao’s Communist revolution.