July 2, 2018

The Archbishop of Paderborn has become the first of the German bishops to put into practice the new “orientation aid” published by the episcopate last week that enables Protestants, in some cases, to receive the Catholic Eucharist. According to the Westfalen-Blatt, Archbishop Hans-Josef Becker has declared that although the new archdiocesan policy should not be understood as a “general admission to the reception of Communion” by Protestants, a process of pastoral accompaniment of non-Catholics in interconfessional marriages may open the… Read more

June 25, 2018

Embed from Getty Images The Pope called Saturday 23rd for a “healthy pluralism” among the religions in the world, “respectful of the differences and values” of all believers. In an address to representatives of the Emouna Fraternité Alumni Association of Paris, Francis underlined that “dialog between believers of different religions is a necessary condition for contributing to peace in the world”, and suggested that there are three “fundamental attitudes” necessary for promoting such dialog: “the duty of identity, the courage… Read more

June 21, 2018

In 2014 Pope Francis hailed the “climate of respect and mutual trust” between the different religions of Albania as a “precious gift to the country”. Now, in 2018, Albanian religious leaders have stepped up again on behalf of their countrymen and women. Heads of the country’s Muslim, Orthodox, Catholic, Bektashi and Evangelical communities have signed a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel asking for their support for the Balkan State’s accession to the EU by… Read more

June 14, 2018

Embed from Getty Images News broke Tuesday 12th that Pope Francis had sent a rosary and a card to Lula da Silva, the Brazilian ex-president and icon of the social justice struggle in Latin America currently serving twelve years’ jail on money laundering and corruption charges. Despite the fact that the news was first published on the politician’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts, in the space of a few hours the Portuguese version of Vatican News published a note denying… Read more

June 7, 2018

To continue with the series we started on Monday, more today on the political implications of Pew Research Center’s finding that Europe’s Christians are still in the majority on the continent, even if they attend Church less and less. 4. 64% of all European citizens in favor of the separation of Church and State On the question of the relationship Europeans desire between Church and State, 64% of all the adults surveyed by Pew say religion should be kept separate… Read more

June 4, 2018

According to a major new Pew Research Center study of 24,000 adults from 15 countries, 71% of Western Europeans still identify as Christians in what is described more and more as one of the world’s most “secular” regions, even though just 22% attend Church at least on a monthly basis. “Christian identity remains a meaningful marker in Western Europe”, concludes Pew, warning at the same time that “it is not just a ‘nominal’ identity devoid of practical importance”. What, then,… Read more

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