Pope Francis berates nuclear remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Pope Francis, speaking as Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the West he was not bluffing about possibly using nuclear weapons, said on Wednesday that thinking of such an act was “madness”. Francis also said Ukrainians were being subjected to savageness, monstrosities and torture, calling them a “noble” people being martyred. The pope, discussing his trip… Read More Pope Francis berates nuclear remarks of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Flemish Catholic bishops allow blessing of same-sex unions in defiance of Vatican ruling

Flemish Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday issued a document effectively allowing the blessing of same-sex unions, in direct defiance of a ruling against such practices by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. The document published on the website of the Bishops’ Conference of Belgium suggested a ritual that included a prayer and a benediction for stable same-sex… Read More Flemish Catholic bishops allow blessing of same-sex unions in defiance of Vatican ruling

Six locals beheaded, Italian nun fatally shot by insurgents in northern Mozambique

At least six people were beheaded and an Italian nun killed on Tuesday by Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s Nampula province, authorities said on Wednesday. Speaking in the resort town of Xai Xai north of the capital Maputo, President Filipe Nyusi said the insurgents unleashed a killing spree as they fled from soldiers from Mozambique,… Read More Six locals beheaded, Italian nun fatally shot by insurgents in northern Mozambique

Pope Francis dissolves Knights of Malta leadership, issues new constitution

Pope Francis on Saturday dissolved the leadership of the Knights of Malta, the global Catholic religious order and humanitarian group, and installed a provisional government ahead of the election of a new Grand Master. The change, which the pope issued in a decree, came after five years of often acrimonious debate within the order and… Read More Pope Francis dissolves Knights of Malta leadership, issues new constitution

Gunmen abduct four Catholic nuns in southeastern Nigeria

Gunmen abducted four Catholic nuns on a highway in Nigeria’s oil-producing Imo state in the southeast, a local convent said on Monday, in the latest sign of widespread insecurity making road travel unsafe. Armed gangs have been kidnapping people, including priests, for ransom from villages and on highways mainly in the northwest and the practice… Read More Gunmen abduct four Catholic nuns in southeastern Nigeria