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November 23, 2021
Father Jean Pierre Schumacher, one of two monks who survived the Tibhirine abbey massacre in Algeria in 1996, has died at the age of 97. Schumacher died in Morocco, where he had been living in a Trappist monastery in Midelt, on Nov. 21, the feast of Christ the King. The late monk served as the
November 19, 2021
After the U.S. State Department released its list of countries with the most egregious religious freedom violations this week, human rights advocates expressed shock that Nigeria was removed from this year’s list. The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a statement on Nov. 17 saying that it was “appalled” at the State Department’s “unexplainable” decision
November 17, 2021
According to newly published data from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the number of hate crimes against Christians in Europe rose sharply in 2020. The OSCE data, published Nov. 16, documented 980 incidents against Christians, including arson attacks on Catholic churches, desecration and robbery of Eucharistic hosts, assaults on priests, and anti-Catholic graffiti
November 11, 2021
Vatican City, Nov 11, 2021 / 05:00 am Pope Francis has called care for God’s creation one of “the great moral issues of our time” in a letter expressing his regret that he could not attend the COP26 meeting in Glasgow. “Time is running out; this occasion must not be wasted, lest we have to
November 10, 2021
Vatican City, Nov 9, 2021 / 06:00 am Pope Francis is praying for Iraq’s Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi after an attempted assassination attack on his home with armed drones. The pope expressed his “prayerful closeness” in a telegram released by the Vatican on Nov. 9 in which the attack in Baghdad was condemned as a “vile act
November 09, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Nov 8, 2021 / 08:00 am Catholic bishops in France announced Monday that they have agreed to “a vast program of renewal” of governance practices in response to a landmark report on clerical sex abuse. Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the French bishops’ conference, said Nov. 8 that the bishops had decided
November 04, 2021
Vatican City, Nov 3, 2021 / 09:00 am Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world to pray in November for people suffering from depression or burnout, that they might find the support they need. He made the appeal in his November prayer intention, shared with an accompanying video on Nov. 3.  “We pray that
November 04, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Nov 3, 2021 / 07:00 am A prisoner held in a cell in North Korea for two months noticed a distinctive pattern of behavior among some of the fellow detainees who called themselves Christians. They “would pray in the corner of the cell that was hidden from the CCTV camera … They would
October 29, 2021
Vatican City, Oct 28, 2021 / 07:12 am This year, the Vatican has decided once again to grant a plenary indulgence to Catholics who visit a cemetery to pray for the dead on any day in the month of November. In a typical year, the Church only grants this plenary indulgence for the souls in
October 28, 2021
Vatican City, Oct 27, 2021 / 09:00 am The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis is considering an invitation to visit Canada in light of the Canadian bishops’ “pastoral process of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.” A communique from the Holy See Press Office on Oct. 27 said that the pope has “indicated his willingness to
October 21, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Oct 20, 2021 / 06:10 am There will be no godfathers named in the Sicilian archdiocese of Catania for the next three years due to a decree issued by the archbishop that came into full effect this month. Archbishop Salvatore Gristina of Catania has said that he decided to temporarily suspend the naming
October 08, 2021
Pope Francis has announced that he plans to declare St Irenaeus of Lyon a Doctor of the Church with the title “Doctor unitatis,” meaning “Doctor of Unity.” The pope made the announcement in a speech to the St. Irenaeus Working Group, a group of Catholic and Orthodox theologians who conducted a study together on synodality
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