The leadership of the German Bishops’ Conference has never been hit by so much change at any one time. The secretary of the organisation, Hans Langendoerfer, has said he will step down, weeks after president Reinhard Marx announced his retirement.
With the biggest two days of celebration and costume parades left, the famous pre-Lenten "Carnevale" of Venice was canceled as were Ash Wednesday services and even funeral Masses throughout the diocese.
Two social media bills are generating debates in Nigeria. Opponents say the legislation is meant to suppress freedom of expression — to such an extent that one of the bills seeks the death penalty for offenders.
The Vatican announced Feb. 22 that Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of a fellow Jesuit, Salvadoran Fr. Rutilio Grande, and two companions who were murdered en route to a novena in 1977 in El Salvador.