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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis has established a new ‘Study Commission on the Female Diaconate’ as a follow-up to a previous group that studied the history of women deacons in the New Testament and the early Christian communities. Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila will serve as...

Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...

Pope prays for ‘change of heart’ of people profiting off pandemic

Pope Francis put the spotlight on people profiteering during the pandemic and taking advantage of people in need. Some people are making a business off of people in need, "profiting from the needs of others," such as "mafiosi, loan sharks and many others," he said...

Brazilian Church agency demands prisoners’ release to contain Covid-19

The Prison Pastoral, an organisation linked to the Brazilian bishops’ conference, has demanded the release of prisoners as part of efforts to contain the expansion of Covid-19 among incarcerated Brazilians.

‘If the virus spreads through Brazilian prisons, the consequences will be disastrous. Eighty per cent of coronavirus cases have mild symptoms, such as the flu; however, prisoners and inmates have very low immunity due to the degrading conditions in prison,’ pastoral officials wrote in an open letter in mid-March.

Pastoral officials said they fear Covid-19 among prisoners would be similar to rates of tuberculosis, which, they said, is 30 times higher in prisons than in the general population.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Justice, 62 per cent of deaths of inmates in Brazilian prisons are caused by diseases such as HIV, syphilis and tuberculosis.

Picture: A police officer checks inmates in the central penitentiary in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on 28th August 2018. The Prison Pastoral, an organisation linked to the Brazilian bishops’ conference, has demanded the release of prisoners as part of efforts to contain the expansion of Covid-19 among incarcerated Brazilians. (CNS photo/Diego Vara, Reuters).

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Pope sets up new commission to study women deacons

Pope Francis has established a new ‘Study Commission on the Female Diaconate’ as a follow-up to a previous group that studied the history of women deacons in the New Testament and the early Christian communities. Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi of Aquila will serve as...

Pandemic is prime time for conversion, pope says

The Covid-19 quarantines, lockdowns and stay-at-home orders are the perfect opportunity for conversion: for individuals, for the Church and for governments, Pope Francis said in an interview. "What we are living now is a place of 'metanoia' (conversion), and we have...

On the cross, God’s loving nature is revealed, pope says

Jesus chose to reveal his divine majesty not through miracles or wondrous deeds but on the cross where God's love for humanity was manifested, Pope Francis said. Throughout his ministry, Christ walked away when people wish to proclaim him king and silenced demons he...

Pope prays for ‘change of heart’ of people profiting off pandemic

Pope Francis put the spotlight on people profiteering during the pandemic and taking advantage of people in need. Some people are making a business off of people in need, "profiting from the needs of others," such as "mafiosi, loan sharks and many others," he said...