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September 16, 2021
Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2021 / 09:20 am Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Catholic Church is firm in its stance on abortion because “abortion is murder,” and urged priests to be pastoral rather than political when faced with the question of who can receive Communion. Answering questions aboard the papal plane from Bratislava, Slovakia,
September 16, 2021
The Queen is to be asked to grant a royal pardon to a Catholic abbot martyred during the Reformation. Residents in Glastonbury, Somerset, aim to petition Queen Elizabeth II to exonerate Blessed Richard Whiting from treason almost 500 years after he was hanged, drawn and quartered on Glastonbury Tor. So far the petition has been
September 15, 2021
Catholics were today urged to redouble their efforts to oppose a Bill to legalise assisted suicide after the British Medical Association adopted a policy of neutrality. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, an outspoken critic of the Assisted Dying Bill said the move by the doctors’ union should act as a spur to action by those
September 15, 2021
Washington D.C., Sep 14, 2021 / 17:02 pm In a significant shift, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide. In a Sept. 14 announcement, the British Medical Association adopted a “neutral” stance on the issue, following a vote at its annual representative
September 15, 2021
Kafanchan, Nigeria, Sep 14, 2021 / 20:00 pm Prayers are being sought for the quick and safe release of a Catholic priest, Father Benson Bulus Luka, kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan Diocese. “It is with great pain that we announce to you the kidnapping of our Priest, Rev. Fr. Benson Bulus Luka,”
September 15, 2021
Syracuse, N.Y., Sep 14, 2021 / 19:00 pm A federal court on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order against a New York state COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which disallowed religious exemptions, after a group of anonymous medical professionals filed suit against the governor and her administration.  Then-governor Andrew Cuomo announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all
September 14, 2021
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is today mourning the death of his Catholic mother who has passed away “suddenly and peacefully” in a London hospital. Charlotte Johnson Wahl, 79, had Mr Johnson baptised into her faith as a baby but he elected to worship as an Anglican when he went to Eton College. Few details
September 14, 2021
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September 13, 2021
Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of Wales, has strongly denounced assisted suicide just days after his predecessor reiterated his support for the controversial practice. In a statement submitted to the British Medical Journal, Lord Williams of Oystermouth warned medics that a change in the law would lead to “overstrained families” and
September 13, 2021
Washington D.C., Sep 12, 2021 / 10:00 am After he arrived in Slovakia on Sunday, Pope Francis exhorted the country’s Christian leaders to prefer God to comfort and security. Noting the rise of religious freedom in Slovakia in recent years, “after the years of atheistic persecution” of the communist government, Pope Francis implored Christians not
September 13, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Sep 12, 2021 / 02:30 am Pope Francis arrived on Sunday morning in Hungary, where he met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The pope’s arrival in the capital, Budapest, on Sept. 12 marked the 84-year-old pontiff’s first international trip since his colon surgery in July. Pope Francis will spend roughly seven hours in Hungary, where he will
September 13, 2021
Warsaw, Poland, Sep 12, 2021 / 07:00 am A Vatican cardinal beatified two towering figures of 20th-century Polish Catholicism on Sunday. Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, declared Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Mother Elżbieta Róża Czacka blessed at a Mass at the Temple of Divine Providence in Poland’s capital, Warsaw.  He
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