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September 23, 2021
The High Court has thrown out a landmark challenge to the law that permits abortion up to birth of disabled children. The case was brought by Heidi Crowter, 26, who has Down’s syndrome, and Máire Lea-Wilson, 33, the mother of a toddler with the condition. They argued that the 1967 Abortion Act was discriminatory because
September 23, 2021
Police have questioned a man in connection with the theft of rosary beads which belonged to Mary Queen of Scots. The beads are said to have been carried by Mary, the Catholic first cousin once removed of the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, when she was went to her execution at Fotheringhay Castle in
September 22, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2021 / 05:20 am In a private meeting with Jesuits in Slovakia on Sept. 12, Pope Francis said that there were people who wanted him to die after he underwent colon surgery in July. During the encounter, a Jesuit priest asked the pope how he was doing, to which he replied:
September 22, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 21, 2021 / 04:10 am Pope Francis urged theologians gathering in Rome on Tuesday to promote “a renewed understanding of contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross.”  In a message to participants in an international theological congress, the pope said he hoped that the meeting would contribute to the evangelization of
September 21, 2021
Catholics throughout England and Wales are to be called to nine days of prayer at the intercession of Pope St John Paul II as part of their collective attempt to help to defeat the new assisted suicide Bill. The Bishops of England and Wales are drawing up a “novena” to the saint after they saw
September 21, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 20, 2021 / 08:15 am The Vatican will require all visitors and personnel to show a COVID-19 pass proving they have been vaccinated, have recovered from the coronavirus, or have tested negative for the disease in order to enter the city state beginning Oct. 1. To enter Vatican territory, tourists and other
September 20, 2021
On Sunday, a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the church of San Domenico in Castillo, Italy—where Margaret of Castillo’s body lies incorrupt—provides a joyful conclusion to her long journey to official sainthood. Margaret was born in 1287 in Metola in Italy. Her father Parisio, a successful soldier, expected a healthy first-born son—instead, God gave him
September 17, 2021
Kafanchan, Nigeria, Sep 16, 2021 / 03:10 am A Nigerian Catholic priest kidnapped at his parish residence on Monday has been freed. The priest’s liberation was announced on Sept. 15 by Fr. Emmanuel Uchechukwu, chancellor of Kafanchan diocese, in northern Nigeria, reported ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner. “With hearts filled with joy, we raise our voices
September 17, 2021
A Catholic librarian sacked after she criticised a local council for handing a multi-million pound construction contract to a state-owned Chinese firm is to take her case to employment tribunal. Maureen O’Bern, who worked at Leigh Library, Greater Manchester, for 34 years was suspended then fired when she objected on social media to the involvement
September 17, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 16, 2021 / 09:15 am Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said that the legalization of same-sex marriage in many countries is “a distortion of conscience” which has also entered some Catholic circles. In an introduction to a new anthology of his writings on Europe, Benedict XVI said that “with the legalization of
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
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