Christian world

Next Synod of Bishops in 2022; theme to be decided by Pope

At a meeting of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis decided that the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will be held in two years’ time, in autumn. He will decide on one of three themes presented to him.

The next ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops has been scheduled for "for autumn 2022", to ensure a "greater involvement" of the whole Church "in the preparation and celebration" of the synod, said a note from the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

Pope receives Željko Komšić of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pope Francis on Saturday morning received in audience Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

A Holy See Press Office statement said discussions between the two leaders took place in a cordial atmosphere, and specified that “the parties focused on the good bilateral relations and the domestic situation of the country, with particular attention to the Catholic community. Likewise, the need to guarantee full respect for the rights of all citizens and the effective equality of the three constituent peoples”.

Pope Francis: Pray for our Chinese brothers and sisters who are affected by Covid-19

Pope Francis said today that he is praying for the Chinese who have been affected by the new coronavirus, hoping that they will recover soon.

“A prayer for our Chinese brothers and sisters who are affected by this ‘cruel’ epidemic. May they find a path to recovery as soon as possible,” the Pontiff said during the weekly General Audience held every Wednesday.

Orthodox church set ablaze twice in less than a month in Sudan

Christian churches are under attack in Sudan.

Three churches, including an Orthodox church, have been burnt down twice in the span of less than a month in the village of Bout in the Blue Nile state of the Republic of Sudan. The other churches attacked are from the Catholic Church and the Sudan Internal Church, reports the local Human Rights and Development Organization (HUDO).

OCP Secretariat Slams Anti-Church Law in Montenegro

The Secretariat of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian Society) slammed the new anti-Church Law adopted by the Government of Montenegro. George Alexander, Secretary stated that the current law is terrible discrimination against the Serbian Orthodox Church. This is part of an ongoing war against Orthodoxy, he added.