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April 25, 2022
A 72-year-old religious sister has been praised for her “extraordinary courage” after she sought to disarm a man stabbing a priest at a Catholic church in Nice, southeastern France. Sister Marie-Claude reportedly intervened after a 31-year-old man entered the Saint-Pierre d’Arene church before Sunday Mass on April 24 and repeatedly stabbed Father Krzysztof Rudziński. She
April 20, 2022
A top cardinal at the Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis’ apprehension about Germany’s “Synodal Path,” Cardinal Kurt Koch  said that critics have raised “legitimate concerns” about the controversial re-assessment of Church teaching on sexual morality and other critical issues. “I very much hope that the German bishops will not simply defend themselves but really enter
March 31, 2022
Members of Parliament have voted to make permanent a policy adopted during the coronavirus pandemic that allows British women to self-administer both doses of abortion drugs at home, without visiting a medical clinic. The House of Commons vote on an amendment to the Health and Care Bill 2021 was 215 to 188. “The group of
March 31, 2022
A Finnish court has cleared a Christian MP of hate crimes after she was prosecuted for quoting verses from the Bible. A court in Helsinki dismissed all charges against Päivi Räsänen, a physician and mother of five, and Juhana Pohjola, a bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland, after a free speech trial
March 21, 2022
The Vatican published on Saturday a long-awaited document implementing Pope Francis’ reform of the organization and structure of the Roman Curia. The apostolic constitution, Praedicate evangelium (“Preach the Gospel”), was released initially only in Italian on March 19 after nine years in production by the pope’s Council of Cardinal Advisers. The constitution underlines that “any
March 16, 2022
Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Vatican has announced. The Holy See press office said: “On Friday, March 25, during the Celebration of Penance at which he will preside at 5 p.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart
March 15, 2022
A Catholic activist insisted on Monday that his UK-based human rights monitoring group would not be silenced after Hong Kong police threatened him with three years in jail. Benedict Rogers spoke out after receiving a formal warning from the Hong Kong Police Force’s National Security Department regarding Hong Kong Watch, an NGO he founded in
March 10, 2022
A Catholic bishop in Puerto Rico described his removal from office by Pope Francis on Wednesday as “totally unjust.” Bishop Daniel Fernández Torres, who has led the Diocese of Arecibo since 2010, said he had been asked to resign because he “had not been obedient to the pope nor had I been in sufficient communion
March 02, 2022
A bomb has struck the headquarters of a Catholic diocese on Tuesday in the besieged Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Forty people were sheltering in the basement of the diocesan chancery when the bomb landed, but no injuries were reported, the Italian news agency SIR said. A video posted on Twitter by the Latin Mass Society
February 22, 2022
The president of Poland’s Catholic bishops’ conference has expressed “fraternal concern” about the direction of the “Synodal Way” in a strongly worded letter to his German counterpart. In the almost 3,000-word letter published on the Polish bishops’ website, Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki questioned whether the initiative bringing together Germany’s bishops and laypeople was rooted in the
February 14, 2022
More than 800 anti-Christian incidents were reported in France in 2021. The provisional figures were announced on Feb. 10 as part of an ongoing study of anti-religious acts in the Western European country, which has a population of 67 million people. Investigators have so far identified a total of 1,659 anti-religious acts last year, with
February 10, 2022
Dying patients need palliative care and not euthanasia or assisted suicide, Pope Francis has said. At his general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, the Pope said that this ethical principle was valid not only for Christians but for everyone. He expressed gratitude for palliative care, which seeks to improve the quality of life
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