Vatican Calls Greta Thunberg ‘Great Witness’ of Church’s Environmental Teaching

On Thursday top Vatican officials hailed Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, recently named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for her environmental advocacy, as a “great witness” of Church teaching on care for creation and the human person. Speaking to reporters at the Dec. 12 publication of Pope Francis’s message for the 2020 World Day of … Read more

Pope Says Peace Comes in a Shade of Green, or Not at All

In his continual effort to quell worldwide conflicts, Pope Francis Thursday chastised world leaders for lacking the will to make change, and also insisted true peace implies an “ecological conversion” or it won’t work. In an annual message for the World Day of Peace, which is celebrated on Jan. 1, the pope implied that violence … Read more

Argentine Victim Calls Bishop’s Apology a ‘Mockery’

After hearing the recent apology of an Argentinian bishop who asked forgiveness from all those abused by priests and religious in her country, one victim said that instead of being a comfort, the plea made her angry. “I don’t believe anything, for me it’s a mockery,” said Valeria Zarza, a former member of Argentina’s Hermanos … Read more

Out-of-Touch Vatican Cardinal Says It’s Time to ‘Exit’ Abuse Scandals

When a top papal advisor earlier this week suggested that Catholic prelates “exit” the clerical abuse scandal, in order to lift the “cloud” hanging over the Church, there was an understandable uproar from victims. In effect, the resulting controversy involving Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, … Read more