Category: World News

2018 ends with potential turning point in Vatican/Iraqi relations

John L. Allen | CRUX | Source URL ROME – Though the week between Christmas and New Year’s is traditionally a fairly slow period on the Vatican beat, this is the Pope Francis era, when tradition and a Euro will buy you a cup of cappuccino in a Roman café. […]

Proposed Amendments Could Close Churches, Seminaries in Bulgaria, Christian Leaders Fear

Samuel Smith | Christian Post | Source URL Religious leaders in Bulgaria have spoken out against proposed changes to a religious law in Bulgaria that could result in the closure of many Christian churches and seminaries. Christian leaders in the Baltic nation have sounded an alarm about two proposed draft […]

Vatican sees risk of ‘social collapse’ in global economic order

Claire Giangravè | CRUX | Source URL ROME – In the context of global economic uncertainty, rampant inequality and a growing trade in illegal offshore bank accounts, the Vatican on Thursday issued a document offering ethical guidelines for economic and financial systems and calling for stronger oversight by public authorities. […]

Catholics decry Swedish political party’s plan to close all religious schools

Mary Rezac | CRUX | Source URL STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Catholic educators in Sweden have denounced a political party’s promise to ban all religious schools as a political maneuver capitalizing on people’s fears in order to obtain votes. The Social Democratic Party in Sweden has proposed banning all religious schools (known […]

This Is the Most Severe Crackdown on the Church in Decades

Charisma News As China today (Feb. 16) celebrates the beginning of the “Year of the Dog,” Chinese Christians are bracing for what looks set to be the “year of the underdog”—due to a raft of new restrictions on freedom of religion. Release International (releaseinternational.org), a Christian charity, has stated in […]