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July 03, 2019
Both candidates for next British Prime Minister have said they oppose forcing abortion on Northern Ireland. At a Conservative Party leadership hustings in Belfast, Boris Johnson, who is regarded as the frontrunner to replace Theresa May later this month, stated that the issue of abortion in Northern Ireland “is for the people of Northern Ireland and
July 02, 2019
The Vatican has announced that it will be opening two tombs in a Vatican City cemetery to determine if the body of Emanuela Orlandi is buried there. Her case, still unsolved, is very popular in Italy as it has been the focus of several conspiracy theories. Emanuela Orlandi was fifteen years old when she disappeared
July 02, 2019
Three Irish newspapers have apologised to a former seminarian for publishing a story that falsely accused him of being a part of a fabricated sex scandal at the Irish College in Rome. The Irish Examiner, The Irish Times, and The Echo all issued formal apologies, acknowledging there was no truth in the matter, saying the
June 27, 2019
The Church in the United States is suffering. Over the past year, American Catholics have watched stories unfold on sex abuse, cover-ups, the McCarrick scandal, and now reports of Bishop Bransfield’s misconduct. The Church is in desperate need of hope during this time, and an American priest on his way to canonization could bring just
June 27, 2019
Eritrean Catholics have been called to fast in response to their government’s takeover and shutdown of Catholic health clinics. In a letter on June 22, Archbishop Menghesteab Tesfamariam of the Eritrean Archeparchy of Asmara said “only the Lord can console us and resolve our problems.” The call to fast comes during the Eritrean Apostles’ Fast,
June 26, 2019
On Wednesday Pope Francis conveyed his sadness for the father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River attempting to cross into the United States. Alessandro Gisotti, Interim Director of the Holy See Press Office, released a statement saying: “With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his
June 26, 2019
Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that his life may be been saved by a victim of sexual abuse after he developed gall bladder trouble during a visit to Chile. In an interview with a Maltese radio station, Scicluna said the incident occurred during his February 2018 trip to investigate the cover-up of sexual abuse by Bishop
June 25, 2019
Australian Bishop Richard Umbers recently cautioned against pro-life marches becoming “so broad that it’s meaningless.” In a recent interview with Crux, Umbers, the youngest bishop in Australia, discussed the possibility of establishing a March for Life in Sydney after his experience at the D.C. March for Life this year. “I think that we do need
June 25, 2019
Pro-life groups have welcomed the decision of the Court of Appeal overturning a mandatory abortion for a woman with a “moderately severe” learning disorder. In a statement released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Bishop John Sherrington welcomed the ruling and said “It is both astonishing and shocking that the NHS should
June 12, 2019
On June 12, the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints announced that Pope Francis had moved forward the causes of canonization for eight servants of God, officially granting them the title of venerable. Of the cases moved forward, the Somiedo martyrs of the Spanish Civil War were also named venerable. Pilar Gullón Yturriaga, 25,
June 12, 2019
Fr Augustus Tolton has been named “venerable” after Pope Francis recognized his “heroic virtues,” moving him one step closer to sainthood. Tolton was the first African American to be ordained a diocesan priest and could become the first African American saint. Tolton’s cause for canonization was first announced in 2010 by Chicago Archbishop Cardinal Francis
June 12, 2019
Notre-Dame Cathedral has announced it will celebrate its first Mass on June 15, two months after a fire damaged the iconic French church. The cathedral’s rector, Mgr Patrick Chauvet, said the cathedral will be celebrating the anniversary of its dedication, the consecration of the altar, which is traditionally celebrated on June 16 every year. “It
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