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Parolin: UN still needed to respond to the hopes of the world’s people

At a virtual high-level meeting on September 21 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the world body, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reiterated the Holy See’s support for the United Nations.

“Euthanasia is a crime against human life, incurable does not mean end of care”

“Samaritanus bonus” (The Good Samaritan), a newly published letter by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, approved by the Pope, reiterates the condemnation of any form of euthanasia and assisted suicide, and advocates support for families and healthcare workers.

Taking care of the sick, learning what it means to love

The Church’s teaching on the end of life is re-proposed in “Samaritanus bonus” (Good Samaritan) in pastoral tones: the person is to be taken care of and surrounded with affection until the end.

DRC: Bishops’ General Secretary tips parliamentarians on servant leadership

With the Senate and the National Assembly (lower house) resuming sittings, DRC’s National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) General Secretary, Fr. Donatien Nshole, has urged parliamentarians to re-dedicate themselves as servants of the Congolese people.

Reconocer un abismo; encontrar un puente

Una de las diferencias más notables entre las protestas sociales de la década de 1960 y las de hoy es que las primeras se hicieron en concierto con —y a menudo bajo el liderazgo explícito de— personas religiosas. Basta pensar en el papel crucial desempeñado por el Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King y tantos de sus colegas y discípulos en las manifestaciones de los derechos civiles hace cincuenta y sesenta años. Pero hoy no encontramos el mismo concierto entre aquellos que agitan por el cambio social y el liderazgo religioso. Hay muchas razones para este fenómeno. Quizás lo más importante es simplemente que el número de personas que se adhieren a la religión, especialmente en las filas de los jóvenes, ha disminuido precipitadamente en nuestra sociedad. Pero también creo que hay algo más sutil en juego también, y tengo que ponerme mi sombrero de filósofo para articularlo. En la década…

Acknowledging an Abyss; Finding a Bridge

One of the most remarkable differences between the social protests of the 1960’s and those of today is that the former were done in concert with, and often under the explicit leadership of, religious people. One has only to think of the crucially important role played by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and so many of his colleagues and disciples in the civil rights demonstrations fifty and sixty years ago. But we don’t find today the same concert between those agitating for social change and the religious leadership. There are many reasons for this phenomenon. Perhaps the most important is simply that the number of people who subscribe to religion, especially in the ranks of the young, has precipitously dropped in our society. But I also think that there is something subtler at play as well, and I have to put on my philosopher’s hat to articulate it. In…

The Heroic and Influential Black Soldier-Saint You’ve Never Heard Of

It is no secret that both the film Raiders of the Lost Ark and the video game Spear of Destiny were derived from the same source. The film mesmerized a generation and was the forerunner of the action extravaganzas that still pack them in at the cineplex, while the video game was the mother of all 3D shoot-’em-up fantasies that are today even more addictive to the male adolescent than drugs. What still remains a secret, however, is the fact that what sparked the technological breakthroughs in cinematic special effects and computer wizardry was the long-venerated attribute of a black saint. During pagan Rome’s occupation of Switzerland in the third century, Maurice, a centurion from the upper reaches of the Nile, along with an entire legion comprising 6,666 of his African countrymen, had chosen death rather than participating in the persecutions that had been ordered by the emperor, Maximian. With…

Leaked documents reveal laundering of millions of dollars

Leaked documents suggest that one of the Russian President's closest friends used a prominent British bank to launder millions of dollars and evade Western sanctions. This and other revelations are among a trove of documents obtained by a global network of investigative journalists.

EU and AU leaders urged to put people at heart of peace efforts

Caritas Africa and Caritas Europa urge EU and African leaders to adopt a new framework for EU-Africa relations

Canadian Bishops set to hold virtual Plenary Assembly

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Bishops of Canada are meeting virtually for their annual Plenary Assembly.