Special Reports

What’s Happening in the Church?

Picture taken in Italy, Italy

Detailed photos capture frescoes in Sistine Chapel
The five year project that includes 220 life-sized images from the chapel can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photo-graphic venture, copies will be sent to the world’s most important libraries so others can see the famous frescoes.

Vatican Releases Updated Guidelines for Bioethical Questions
The Vatican has released The New Charter for Health Care Workers, an expanded and updated guide of the church’s bioethical teachings, to offer clearly and accurately the Catholic Church’s positions on abortion, contraception, genetic engineering, fertility treatments, vaccines, frozen embryos and other life issues.

 

Sunset view of Khartoum, Sudan

Sunset view of Khartoum, Sudan

Ecumenism and quest for peace has pope considering a visit to South Sudan
The nation’s Catholic, Anglican and Presby-terian leaders who are working together for peace have invited Pope Francis and Angli-can Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury to make a joint visit to war-torn South Sudan.

 

Hispanic woman praying to his saviour in heaven The Power of Prayer

Demographic change sweeping through U.S. Catholic Church and country
In 20 years, half of American Catholics will be Hispanic and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, will surpass the 132 million mark by 2050, representing 30 percent of the nation’s population.

Catholic Charities USA Fundraising Campaign to Assist Migrants, Refugees
Catholic Charities USA, the network of diocesan charitable agencies, has launched a four-month, $8-million fundraising campaign to assist “immi-grants and refugees of all faiths who are already liv-ing in communities across our country.”

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