Vatican mandates COVID-19 vaccines or recovery for employees, most visitors

ROME — The Vatican has updated its rules to stem the spread of COVID-19 and will require all its employees to be vaccinated against the virus or prove they have recently recovered from the disease. Also, starting Jan. 10, nonessential work-related travel is temporarily suspended, masking outdoors is required, high-filtering FFP2 masks must be worn … Lire la suite

German bishop criticizes Synodal Path for postponing gender-neutral debate

REGENSBURG, Germany — Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer criticized the Synodal Path for postponing a debate on gender-neutral language. The German Catholic news agency KNA reported that, in an open letter to the Synodal Presidium published Jan. 11, the Regensburg bishop wrote that the debate on such language in the texts of resolutions should be discussed at … Lire la suite

Amid tensions, Bosnian Serbs celebrate outlawed holiday

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Amid Bosnia’s greatest political crisis since the end of its 1992-95 interethnic war, the country’s Serbs celebrated an outlawed holiday Sunday with a provocative parade showcasing armored vehicles, police helicopters and law enforcement officers with rifles, marching in lockstep and singing a nationalist song. Addressing several thousand spectators gathered in Banja … Lire la suite

India restores foreign fund permit for Mother Teresa charity

NEW DELHI — India’s government has allowed Mother Teresa’s charity to receive foreign funds, weeks after blocking it saying the Catholic organization did not meet conditions under local laws, a lawmaker said Saturday. Derek O’Brien, a lawmaker from the opposition Trinamool Congress party, tweeted that Missionaries of Charity was back on the list of approved … Lire la suite