Vatican’s China deal may protect Chinese Catholics, keep Pope Francis silent
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — A new deal with the Vatican could protect Chinese Catholics but silence Pope Francis’ critiques of China.
COVID hajj restrictions leave streets of Mecca empty, pilgrimage businesses in trouble
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (RNS) — As much as a quarter of the economy around Mecca relies on tourism and pilgrimages. Pandemic restrictions — which cut hajj pilgrims from millions to thousands — mean lost income for local businesses and residents.
Seven years later, still no trace of Jesuit priest kidnapped in Syria
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Seven years after the disappearance of an Italian Jesuit priest in Syria, family members and Vatican officials address his legacy and demand the truth about what happened to the thousands who vanished in the war-torn Middle Eastern country.
Vatican official criticizes ‘senseless politics’ in US and UK surrounding pandemic response
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — ‘These small battles, these seemingly important skirmishes, risk losing the war,’ Vatican official Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said. ‘We are either all saved, or no one is.’