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July 12, 2021
The statement said Pope Francis had “spent a quiet day and has completed the immediate post-operative course.”
July 12, 2021
Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 12, 2021 / 05:30 am. Pope Francis will visit Scotland “for a very short time” in November, a spokesperson for the country’s bishops’ conference said Monday. The pope is expected to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow on Nov. 1-12. “The pope will be in
July 11, 2021
"Free health care," the pope said, "that assures good service, accessible to everyone," is a "precious benefit" that "must not be lost."
July 11, 2021
Ten years ago, reporting that the Vatican had named St Luigi Scrosoppi as the patron saint of footballers, the Catholic Herald's editors noted that "The Vatican has stressed that his care is extended to all players; one trusts, therefore, that his favours would be neutrally bestowed in a tight World Cup final between England and Italy."
July 10, 2021
La Crosse, Wis., Jul 9, 2021 / 12:11 pm. Fr. James Altman has been removed from ministry after Bishop William Callahan of La Crosse sought privately to correct the priest for his inflammatory, though in some circles popular, commentary on social media. “The obligation of a bishop is to ensure that all who serve the
July 10, 2021
Pope Francis is resting after undergoing a planned three-hour operation on July 4, for what the Vatican described as symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon. Pope Francis has been touched by the many messages of support received following his operation. He will recite the Angelus prayer from his hospital room on July 11, 2021.
July 09, 2021
The tenth anniversary of South Sudan’s birth as an independent nation “calls to mind your past struggles and points with hope to the future,” reads a letter addressed to South Sudan’s political leaders, which was signed by Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, and Jim Wallace, this year’s Moderator of the Church of Scotland’s
July 09, 2021
A friend had taken a perilous road trip, to save a family in danger of being killed. My friend’s a pro-life activist, who stands outside abortion clinics and talks to people in a friendly way. If expectant mothers going into the clinic are willing, she befriends them, and she gets them what they need so
July 09, 2021
Pope Francis spent a "quiet day" on Thursday, "with normal clinical progress." The bulletin said the Holy Father "continued to eat regularly and continued his scheduled treatment," but offered no details regarding the treatment itself. "He walked in the corridor and resumed his work, alternating it with moments of reading texts."
July 09, 2021
The Catholic Herald reviewed J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit about a month after it appeared. The review in the “Children’s Catholic Herald” section was headed by a picture of Tolkien, much younger than the pictures of him we usually see. The caption read: “Professor Tolkien discovered the Hobbit. He is not really a professor of
July 09, 2021
London, England, Jul 7, 2021 / 08:05 am. A woman with Down syndrome said on Tuesday that a U.K. law allowing abortion up to birth for disability made her feel that she was “better off dead.” Heidi Crowter, a 26-year-old from Coventry, in central England, made the comment outside the High Court in London on
July 08, 2021
Pope Francis has expressed his “sadness” over the “heinous assassination” of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse, and condemned “all forms of violence [used] as a means of resolving crises and conflicts.” The Pope’s sentiments were conveyed in a telegram sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Holy Father. The Pope offered