Why Time chose Pope Francis for Person of the Year
| 13 December 2013 | SHEILA REPORTS |
A papacy that promises simplicity and firmness
The new pope has no time for “the spiritual sickness of a self-referential church”.
Another man from a far country
| 14 March 2013 | FEATURES |
Will a Pope from Argentina be able to brake the increasing secularisation of life in the West?
The butler did it
| 09 October 2012 | FEATURES |
... and was given a fair and transparent hearing in the first major criminal trial in the Vatican in modern times.
Human dignity, justice and the rule of law
The Vatican’s contribution to a high-level UN meeting stressed that laws must be derived from principles of justice that recognise the transcendent value of the human person.
Vatican’s controversial plan for financial reform
“Economic liberalism”, based on utilitarianism and materialism, is the root cause of the global financial crisis, Catholic scholars argue.
UN youth meeting reminded of primary role of parents
"The family is where young people first learn moral responsibility and respect for others," said the Vatican's representative.
Ireland’s torment continues
| 27 July 2011 | FEATURES |
The Vatican has recalled its ambassador after a blistering attack from the prime minister.
Population Decline and the Recession
| 19 July 2011 | FAMILY EDGE |
Vatican economist discusses the link between low birthrates and economic meltdown.
Vatican’s role in space mission
I have been an avid follower of the NASA program and followed its missions since childhood. So I found this last one particularly poignant.
Church attacks and the facts
| 30 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
The media mantra over the weekend, and they increasingly hyperventilated as the tone ramped up, was ‘What did the Pope know and when did he know it?’ Headlines by Sunday on the 24/7 news cycles were something having to do with ‘Calls for the Pope to resign! Yes, Benedict is beleaguered, as is the Church, but one casualty out of the public eye is truth.
UN conference on women: Shedding light
| 12 March 2010 | SHEILA REPORTS |
Many thousands of women, organizations and NGOs descended on New York for the recent global checkup with the annual ’Commission on the Status of Women’, with the Beijing conference as sort of a benchmark. It was heavy on the agenda of spreading access to abortion under the mantle of ‘reproductive rights’, but there was a large pro-life contingent there to stake claims that authentic dignity for women comes from true universal human rights….for all human beings.