Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Congolese cleric and statesman, dies at 81


NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) — Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, an influential figure in Congo’s Roman Catholic Church, died Sunday (July 11) in Versailles, France, where had been undergoing medical treatment. The 81-year-old prelate, the former archbishop of Kinshasa, is remembered in the central African country as both a church leader and a statesman who fought fearlessly … Read more

Boris Johnson and Britain are having their own Catholic crisis


LONDON (RNS) — As the American Catholic bishops debate whether President Joe Biden should receive Holy Communion given his support for abortion rights, outrage has been building in the United Kingdom since the country’s chief executive, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently came out as Catholic, to the concern of British Catholics, some parish priests and parliamentarians. … Read more