Hong Kong Bishop’s Death Could Cause Crisis for Church in China

It’s commonly asserted in the West that the Chinese word for ‘crisis’ is a combination of the characters for ‘danger’ and ‘opportunity.’ This comes to mind after the sudden death of the Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung of Hong Kong on Jan. 3 of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 73, leaving the diocese vacant for the first time since it transferred to China in 1997.

Brooklyn Diocese Helps Victims of Volcano of Fire

Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros visited Guatemala last month. He traveled to Central America as an “envoy of Bishop DiMarzio to bring the monies collected by the generosity of the faithful of Diocese of Brooklyn for the relief efforts of those affected by the eruption of Volcán del Fuego en Guatemala,” Bishop Cisneros said in an interview with The Tablet.

Robots and AI Are the Latest Pro-Life Challenges

Even though today’s modern tools and technologies are hardly human, the Pontifical Academy for Life is zeroing in on the world of robots and machines powered by artificial intelligence.

Synagogue to Host World Youth Day Pilgrims in Panama

While World Youth Day is known for bringing together young Catholics from around the globe, later this month it will also prove to be an interreligious affair when a local Jewish synagogue in Panama plays host to Catholic pilgrims during what is widely considered to be the Church’s most important event for young people.

Reforms, Trips and Personnel Moves Loom for Pope in 2019

With 2019 already off to a running start, Vatican-watchers can expect a packed year of surprises, updates and new twists and turns. The to-do list includes the papal reform agenda, the clerical abuse crisis, international travel and possible new appointments to key dioceses and curial offices.

Pope Francis Tells US Bishops to Stop ‘Pointing Fingers’ on Abuse, Calls for ‘Pastoral Conversion’

In a landmark 8-page letter to U.S. bishops who are on retreat in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis that has engulfed the American Church, Pope Francis called for a “new ecclesial season” led by bishops who are more than administrators interested in “pointing fingers,” and instead, leadership marked by “collegial spiritual fatherhood,” rooted in humility and unity.

Vatican’s Doctrine Czar Approves Hysterectomies in ‘Extreme Cases’

In response to a “dubia,” or doubt, posed about the moral implications of a woman getting a hysterectomy, the Vatican’s doctrinal office said Thursday the removal of the uterus is licit in “extreme cases” where health risks are imminent and where sterilization is not an issue.

2018 – An Epochal Year for the Church in Latin America

Due to its influence and presence, representing 40 percent of the global Catholic population, there’s a tendency for a disproportionate share of Catholic stories to come from Latin America. 2018 was no exception.