The Church and sexuality: An interview with Cardinal Brandmüller

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller made headlines last week, after he told German news agency DPA that debate over the clerical sexual abuse crisis should not “forget or silence the fact that 80% of the cases of sexual assault in the Church affected male youths not children,” adding that a connection between homosexuality and sexual abuse has been “statistically proven.”

DR Congo presidential election: Church questions results

The influential Catholic Church has questioned the official results of the Democratic Republic of Congo's controversial presidential election. Opposition candidate Felix Tshisekedi was named the winner on Thursday. However, the Church, which posted 40,000 election observers, says the result does not match its findings.

Philippine president renews attack on Catholic church

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as “sons of bitches”, renewing his attacks on the church that has criticized him over his bloody war on drugs.

Construction of new church in Istanbul to begin in February

Construction of the first-ever church built in Republican-era Turkey will begin at the end of the February in Istanbul, an official has said. The paperwork has been done and a permit issued, Bülent Kerimoğlu, the mayor of Istanbul’s Bakirköy municipality, told reporters on Jan. 8 while meeting with Yusuf Çetin, the Syriac Orthodox Church’s metropolitan for Istanbul and the capital Ankara. 

Pope urges Indian Church to bear fruits of faith and charity

Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent a message on the Pope’s behalf to the 31st plenary assembly of India’s Latin-rite bishops (CCBI) that is discussing the theme, “The Joy of the Gospel”.

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