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November 05, 2020
November 05, 2020
Andrew Walther, president of EWTN News, died in New Haven, Connecticut on the Feast of All Saints after a brief battle with leukaemia. He was 45 years old. An ardent Catholic and dedicated family man, Andrew’s death came one day after the beatification of Fr. Michael, McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, whose
November 05, 2020
Churches should make a “generous provision” to stay open during the new lockdown, the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has said. In guidance published as the new month-long lockdown came into force, the bishops encouraged priests to “maintain a presence” in their open churches and make themselves available to talk with those attending for
November 05, 2020
A Catholic bishop in Belarus accused President Alexander Lukashenko of “insult and slander” after the government official charged the church’s exiled leader with planning to “destroy the country” and called for a bar on foreign clergy. Auxiliary Bishop Yury Kasabutski of Minsk said in social media post Nov. 3 that he believed Lukashenko’s words about
November 05, 2020
The sweeping nature and speed of the moves is by Roman standards breathtaking -- and raise questions about the shape of the broader curial reform.
November 05, 2020
Asia’s cardinal-designate from Brunei said the church in his country is “the periphery within the periphery.” Cardinal-designate Cornelius Sim of Brunei told ucanews.com he found it “very significant” that Pope Francis is appointing people from remote areas. “I believe that the institutional church in many large countries, to be honest, is not giving a good
November 05, 2020
Pope Francis’s Vatican is in rough shape. The brighter view of the business – though not necessarily more clear-eyed – would have it that the scandals emerging and the action Francis has taken against the more highly publicised among the alleged malefactors are both signs that the walls are closing in on the Old Guard:
November 05, 2020
Eight nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in northern China due to government pressure. The whereabouts of the nuns has not yet been reported, but one of them told Bitter Winter that officials declared them “dangerous persons” and “repeatedly harassed” them. “They asked us to write down what we had done since
November 05, 2020
A Catholic priest expressed gratitude that parishioners are safe, but their iconic cathedral sustained damages from a powerful earthquake that struck Turkey’s western city of Izmir Oct. 30. The deadliest tremor to hit Turkey in nearly a decade killed at least 115 people, including two teenagers on the nearby Greek island of Samos. The magnitude
November 05, 2020
A Catholic archbishop said Tuesday that an abortion law proposal outlined by Poland’s president would amount to a “new form of euthanasia.” Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of Poland’s bishops’ conference, told the Polish Catholic news agency KAI Nov. 3 that Catholics should oppose a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases of
November 05, 2020
Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Malcolm McMahon have urged Catholics to obey the government’s new guidelines forbidding public worship as England enters its second lockdown. In a statement issued after MPs approved the new lockdown on Wednesday evening, the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said that despite “profound misgivings”,
November 05, 2020
Inspiration is important to every kind of human knowledge, art, and practical skill, but what is it?