Pope Francis concelebrates Mass with Filipino priests in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica on 15 December 2019, the first evening of Simbang Gabi, the novena of nighttime or pre-dawn Masses unique to the Philippines, in preparation for Christmas. Photo: CNS/Vatican Media
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Clericalism biggest hurdle to Church’s inculturation

Father Paul Thelakat Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), issued in early February,…

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Priests seated below the statue of St. Peter as Pope Francis celebrates Mass marking the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul in St. Peter’s Square. File photo: CNS

by Robert Mickens What’s the greatest threat to the Roman Catholic Church today? A schism, or the rise in power Read more

Deciding not to decide… for now
Augustinian Father Miguel Angel Cadenas baptises a young man in a village along the Urituyacu River in Peru. File photo: CNS

by Robert Mickens  In Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazon), his new apostolic exhortation on the Church in the Amazonian region, Pope Read more

Apostolic exhortation elicits varied reactions
Pilgrims accompany the statue of Our Lady of Nazareth during an annual river procession and pilgrimage along the Apeu River to a chapel in Macapazinho, Brazil. Photo: CNS/Reuters

SÃO PAULO (CNS): Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the pan-Amazonian synod,  Querida Amazonia (Beloved Amazonia) surprised many Church workers who Read more

Don’t try to clericalise women in Amazon Church pope says
Sister Rosa Elena Pico, a member of the Missionaries of Mary Co-Redemptrix, with children from the indigenous community of Sarayaku, Ecuador, in September 2019. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis released Querida Amazonia, his postsynodal apostolic exhortation on the Amazon region, on the 15th anniversary of Read more

Pope Francis with Father Bere and Charles Taylor, winners of the Ratzinger prize, on November 9. Photo: CNS/Vatican Media
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Evangelisation must take culture seriously pope says

VATICAN (CNS): Giving the Ratzinger prize to a philosopher, Charles Taylor from Canada, and Jesuit…

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Understanding the style of the pope

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Vatican releases guide on how leaders must handle abuse allegations
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica is pictured at the Vatican. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith released a 17-page document offering a step-by-step guide for how Read more

Pope saddened by Turkish ruling turning Hagia Sophia into mosque
Posing for a selfie in front of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on July 11. Photo: CNS/Reuters

VATICAN (CNS): “I think of Hagia Sophia, and I am very saddened,” Pope Francis said while commemorating the International Day Read more

Pope advances five sainthood causes

VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes five people. In a July 10 meeting with Giovanni Angelo Cardinal Becciu, Read more

Indigenous people carry offertory gifts as Pope Francis celebrates the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at St. Peter’s Basilica on October 27. Photo: CNS
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Critics of Amazon synod ignore history

by Robert Mickens “There are more churches in Rome than casinos in Las Vegas!” said…

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Make disciples for Christ not yourself pope says
Pope Francis gives the homily during Mass on World Mission Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica on October 20. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): “What instructions does the Lord give us for going forth to others? Only one, and it’s very simple: Read more

Loving neighbour implies caring for earth
Sister Weiler speaks at a news conference after a session of the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon at the Vatican on October 11. Photo: CNS

VATICAN (CNS): The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon is calling Catholics to an ecological conversion in their personal lives Read more

Celibacy is a gift not an obstacle priest says

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Thieves steal statues used at synod prayer and throw them in Tiber river

ROME (CNS): Two men entered the Church of St. Mary in Traspontina near the Vatican early on October 21 and Read more