November 2015

Mixed bag at the synod shows many strong points
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): How did the Synod of Bishops on Family Life end up? Well, as with many conferences and meetings, that depends on who you ask.

Although communion for divorced and remarried couples was not an overriding issue on the floor of the synod, it was one of the most contentious and most controversial, as it was the one issue that only narrowly collected the absolute majority of votes necessary to pass....

Vatican police arrest two for document leaks
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Vatican press office announced on November 2 that Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda, the secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, and Francesca Chaouqui, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organisation of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See, had been arrested for leaking documents to two Italian authors. The Vatican called it a “serious betrayal of the...

Seminarians picked up at rally by police in Papua
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

JARKATA (UCAN): Catholics in the Papua province of Indonesia have denounced what they call repressive measures against them, after police detained six seminarians taking part in a peaceful rally on October 8.

Six Franciscan and Augustinian seminarians had joined other rights advocates at a rally held in the provincial capital of Jayapura.

The rally called on the president of...

On-demand pornography removed at Hyatt
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

CHICAGO (Agencies) : The global hotel and resort chain Hyatt Hotels is to cut off on-demand access to video pornography in all of their hotel rooms across the globe, the advocacy group, National Centre on Sexual Exploitation, told CNA.

“With this step, Hyatt is proving itself to be a leader among corporations that value a positive...

Vatican opens night shelter
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

Vatican (SE): A new home for the homeless was opened at the Vatican on October 12. The Dono di Misericordia (Gift of Mercy) is a gift to Pope Francis from the General House of the Society of Jesus in response to his appeal to religious communities to house people in need.

The Vatican Information Service reported on October 12 that the Apostolic Almoner, the office of papal charities, called it a concrete...

New congregation at Vatican gobbles up three others
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

VATICAN (SE): Coming up to the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops on Family Life, Pope Francis announced that he is establishing a new Vatican congregation: the Congregation for Laity, Family and Life.

Vatican Radio reported on October 22 that the new congregation will replace the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Council for the Laity, and the Academy for Life.


The deceased and the communion of saints
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

EVERY YEAR, THE Church dedicates the month of November to the souls in purgatory, not only to remind us of our deceased relatives and friends, but most importantly to urge us to remember the communion of saints.

The feast encourages us to pray for the souls in purgatory so that they can be delivered from suffering.

In Chinese culture, remembering the dead through religious symbolism is a...

Fast-track annulments do not apply across the board
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Reform Process for Canon Causes of Declaration of Nullity of Marriage (Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus) issued by Pope Francis on August 15 this year simplifying the procedure of the marriage annulment processes in some circumstances may not be able to be used as widely as initially anticipated.

The document says that instead...

Muslim mother blesses son at ordination
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): During the ordination ceremony to the priesthood of Reverend Robertus Asiyanto in Flores, Indonesia, his Muslim mother, Sites Asiyah, dressed in full hijab, walked to the altar and laid hands on him in prayer.

“I’m really happy to see my son ordained a Catholic priest,” she said at the end of the celebration.

His adoptive father and the...

Court overrules appeal on house church closure
(Saturday, 7 November 2015 )

BEIJING (Agencies): A court in Guizhou, China, has ruled against an appeal by a Christian community disputing an order that a house church must be closed.

China Aid reported that members of the Huaqiu House Church raised 50,000 yuan ($62,500) and built a church in May 2014 after receiving a certificate of approval for the self-financed project.

On 1 July 2014, officials from...