Exiled academics set up rival life academy

Lay Catholics have set up a John Paul II Academy for Human Life and the Family as a rival to the Vatican’s revamped Pontifical Academy for Life. It is headed by Professor Josef Seifert, one of several ex-members of the Vatican organisation in the new group.

Cardinal: Christians can’t be nationalists

Cardinal Reinhard Marx has said that nationalist populism is very different from true patriotism, and that it is “not Christian” to think your country is better than others.

Pope makes phone call to astronauts in space

Pope Francis told astronauts on the International Space Station last week that the Earth was fragile and may pass “in a moment”.

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