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February 28, 2020
The Vatican has implemented special health measures and cancelled some events as more than 500 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Italy
January 22, 2020
Debate began on a bioethics bill in the French Senate on Tuesday after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Paris to protest state funding for medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples and single women. “A child is a gift to be received, not an order to be manufactured. The absence of
October 30, 2019
In a conciliatory gesture 37 years after the Falklands War, military bishops from Great Britain and Argentina exchanged statues of the Virgin Mary Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square. Argentine troops brought a statue of Our Lady of Lujan, patroness of Argentina, with them as they invaded the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory in the
October 22, 2019
Cardinal Peter Turkson said Monday that the ordination of married men will likely be the subject of further study for the universal Church after the Amazon synod. “This issue will probably be made the subject matter of a more detailed study of the issue with a view to the Church taking a consistent position, not
October 03, 2019
The Vatican has announced the approval of a miracle attributed to Venerable Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, the former primate of Poland known for his heroic resistance to Communism. The miracle involved the healing of a 19-year-old woman from thyroid cancer in 1989. After the young woman received the incurable diagnosis, a group of Polish nuns began
September 29, 2019
Cardinal Robert Sarah reflected on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the meaning of the priesthood in a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica Saturday marking his 50th ordination anniversary. “The priest lives joy in its fullness at Holy Mass, which is the raison d’être of his existence, what gives meaning to his
September 16, 2019
Prince Charles will attend the canonization of Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman next month. The heir to the British throne will travel to Rome to witness the canonization Mass of the first non-martyr English saint since the Reformation. After the Mass in St Peter’s Square on October 13, the Prince of Wales will attend a
September 16, 2019
In an audience with penitentiary staff and prison chaplains, Pope Francis said Saturday that sentencing prisoners to life imprisonment diminishes their “right to hope.” “It is up to every society … to ensure that the penalty does not compromise the right to hope, that prospects for reconciliation and reintegration are guaranteed,” Pope Francis said September
September 15, 2019
Pope Francis said on Sunday that God forgets sins absolved within the confessional. “How do you defeat evil? Accepting God’s forgiveness … It happens every time we go to confession; there we receive the love of the Father who overcomes our sin. It is no longer there, God forgets it,” Pope Francis said in his
September 13, 2019
Fidelity to tradition ensures a fruitful future, Pope Francis said in a meeting Thursday with a contemplative-missionary community rooted in the spirituality of St Augustine. “To be modern, some believe that it is necessary to break away from the roots. And this is their ruin, because the roots, the tradition, are the guarantee of the
August 19, 2019
Pope Francis said on Sunday that prayer in adoration of God and service to others spreads the fire of God’s love, changing the world one heart at a time. “I invite everyone to discover the beauty of the prayer of adoration and to exercise it often,” Pope Francis said on August 18. Adoration of God
August 16, 2019
Pope Francis announced on Thursday that he is giving 6,000 blessed rosaries to Catholic communities in Syria as a sign of his closeness on the Marian Feast of the Assumption. “Prayer made with faith is powerful! We continue to pray the rosary for peace in the Middle East and in the whole world,” Pope Francis