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Vatican defends hasty rollout of revolutionary laity reform

Vatican Praedicate Evanglium conference

Vatican CityAP Vatican officials on Monday defended the last-minute rollout of Pope Francis’ reform of the Holy See bureaucracy while also painting it as one of the most consequential moves of his pontificate since it recognises that any believer, male or female, can head a Vatican office. The new apostolic constitution Praedicate Evangelium, or Proclaiming […]

Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

Pope Francis Lampedusa Italy

Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply. The new law creating the lay ministry of catechists officially recognises for the universal Catholic Church a practice […]

Vatican: In rare cases, lay faithful can lead marriage rite

Vatican Pope Francis July 2020

Vatican CityAP The Vatican said on Monday that in very exceptional circumstances and with special permission, lay Catholics can be allowed to perform marriage rites.  In a document issued by the Holy See office for clergy, the Vatican said that could only happen if there are no priests or deacons available, the nation’s bishops sign […]

Forty Catholic priests, seminarians and lay people killed in 2018, says Agenzia Fides

Some 40 Catholic priests, seminarians and lay people were killed during 2018, almost double the previous years total, according to figures collated by Agenzia Fides. The Catholic news agency data shows 35 of those killed were priests, one was a seminarian and four were lay people. Africa, where 21 were killed, supplanted the Americas, where […]