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October 28, 2021
Damascus, Syria, Oct 28, 2021 / 04:05 am Pope Francis has donated $170,000 to the Catholic Church in Syria for its charitable work with the poor. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, announced on Oct. 26 that each of the country’s 17 ecclesiastical circumscriptions would receive $10,000. He was speaking to
October 27, 2021
Oxford, England, Oct 26, 2021 / 08:10 am There is no better time for Oxford University’s 400 clubs and societies to recruit new members than at the Student Union’s Freshers’ Fair, held annually in October. Students embarking on their freshman year — known as “freshers” in England — walk around stalls run by groups devoted
October 26, 2021
Bengaluru, India, Oct 25, 2021 / 04:30 am A proposed survey of Christian missionaries and their places of worship could lead to church workers being “unfairly targeted,” a Catholic archbishop in India has said. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore made the statement on Oct. 15 in response to media reports that the state government of Karnataka, in
October 26, 2021
London, England, Oct 26, 2021 / 04:30 am U.K. lawmakers have formally proposed an “Amess amendment” to a bill going through Parliament seeking to guarantee that Catholic priests can administer the last rites at crime scenes. The amendment, known as 292E, to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, was proposed by four members of the House
October 25, 2021
On Monday, Pope Francis appointed the economist Jeffrey Sachs to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  The Holy See press office said on 25th October that the pope had named Sachs as an “ordinary member” of the academy founded in 1994 by Pope John Paul II to promote the study and progress of the social sciences. Sachs, the director
October 23, 2021
Vatican City, Oct 21, 2021 / 04:40 am Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that Benedict XVI is “full of zest for life” after the pope emeritus expressed the hope that he would join his friends in heaven in a condolence message.  Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s private secretary, spoke to Germany’s Bild newspaper on Oct. 20 after media reports
October 22, 2021
London, England, Oct 21, 2021 / 14:00 pm A Labour MP has proposed adding an “Amess amendment” to a bill going through Parliament ensuring that Catholic priests can administer the last rites at crime scenes. Mike Kane, a Labour Member of Parliament, is seeking to add the amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill,
October 21, 2021
Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Oct 20, 2021 / 09:00 am A Catholic leader has said that his archdiocese won’t take part in the two-year global synodal process, saying that it would run “the risk of becoming ideological.” Archbishop Wolfgang Haas of Vaduz, Liechtenstein, announced his decision on Oct. 15, reported CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language news partner. “I am of
October 21, 2021
A Catholic bishop has called for greater recognition of the last rites as an “emergency service” in the wake of the brutal murder of Sir David Amess. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury made the appeal after police turned away a priest who sought to administer the last rites to the Conservative MP for Southend West
October 20, 2021
Wilhering, Austria, Oct 19, 2021 / 09:00 am Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said that he looks forward to joining his friends in heaven in a condolence message following the death of a Cistercian priest.  In a letter dated Oct. 2 and released by Wilhering Abbey in Austria, the 94-year-old retired pope said that the death of Fr.
October 20, 2021
Shrewsbury, England, Oct 19, 2021 / 05:55 am A Catholic bishop called on Tuesday for greater recognition of the last rites as an “emergency service” in the wake of the killing of British lawmaker Sir David Amess. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, western England, made the appeal on Oct. 19 after police reportedly turned away a priest
October 11, 2021
Pope Francis has met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat politician often at the centre of controversy over her support for abortion. The Vatican had released no information about what the Pope and Mrs Pelosi discussed together on Saturday in line with its usual custom for papal meetings with non-heads of state. But it
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