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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
September 16, 2021
Rome, Italy, Sep 15, 2021 / 09:20 am Pope Francis said Wednesday that the Catholic Church is firm in its stance on abortion because “abortion is murder,” and urged priests to be pastoral rather than political when faced with the question of who can receive Communion. Answering questions aboard the papal plane from Bratislava, Slovakia,
September 13, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Sep 12, 2021 / 02:30 am Pope Francis arrived on Sunday morning in Hungary, where he met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The pope’s arrival in the capital, Budapest, on Sept. 12 marked the 84-year-old pontiff’s first international trip since his colon surgery in July. Pope Francis will spend roughly seven hours in Hungary, where he will
September 09, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Sep 8, 2021 / 09:30 am Burma’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo told Catholics at the International Eucharistic Congress on Wednesday that it was important to imitate Jesus’ patience amid the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Look at our world and our lives. The modern man lives in a feverish pitch. He is
September 09, 2021
The Vatican released a message from Pope Francis on Wednesday as the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “The true joy that comes from the Lord always gives space to the voices of the forgotten, so that together with them we can build a better future,” Pope Francis said in the message published Sept.
September 07, 2021
Vatican City, Sep 7, 2021 / 03:30 am The Vatican released Tuesday a preparatory document and handbook for the 2023 synod on synodality to be reviewed by all Catholic dioceses in the world over the next six months. “It is precisely this path of synodality which God expects of the Church of the third millennium,”
September 02, 2021
Rome Newsroom, Sep 1, 2021 / 14:00 pm The relics of three of Korea’s oldest Catholic martyrs have been identified with DNA testing, the Diocese of Jeonju announced on Wednesday. The relics of Blessed Paul Yun Ji-chung and two of his martyr companions were confirmed by the Catholic Church after a months-long investigation that involved
April 12, 2021
The international theological symposium organized by the Congregation for Bishops will take place February 17-19, 2022 at the Vatican.
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