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August 11, 2022
The Catholic Herald
For some, it will be a cause for celebration, for others, a portent of worse to come. The UK’s Office of National Statistics – Britain’s equivalent to the US Census Bureau – revealed this week that, for the first time since records began, a majority of babies were born out of wedlock in England and
August 10, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Vatican may have come out swinging against the German Synodal Path, claiming the movement – designed to give lay members a say in running the Church – lacks the authority to instruct bishops on doctrine or morality, and warned of the dangers of schism, but the Path may have just got a huge shot
August 08, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle – fast-emerging as a frontrunner to succeed Pope Francis, as rumours grow about a looming papal resignation – has been in the United Kingdom. A guest at the Anglican Lambeth Conference, the papabile offered a progressive message, a potential sign of what could be in store should the Cardinal succeed
July 26, 2022
The Catholic Herald
The Catholic Church is struggling to hold together a diverse coalition, with increasingly different interpretations of what it means to be a Roman Catholic. Right now, for instance, Pope Francis is in Canada, asking indigenous residential school survivors for forgiveness. The Pontiff expressed “sorrow, indignation and shame”, and called the schools system a “disastrous error”.
July 13, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Pope Francis has encouraged young people gathered at the European Union Youth Conference in the Czech Republic to present to the world “a new face of Europe”, and one which is more inclusive. “As young Europeans,” he stressed, “you have an important mission. If in the past your ancestors went to other continents, not always
July 08, 2022
The Catholic Herald
While the decline of Christianity across the Western world, and especially in Europe, is well-documented, this does not give an entirely accurate picture of what is really going on. While Catholic church attendance is in sharp decline across western Europe, especially France, Germany and Spain, it is rising in the east. Meanwhile, the collapse of
July 07, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Europe is facing a major split, with the more nationalist, conservative and largely Catholic central and eastern EU states increasingly going their own way, against a more liberal, progressive and secular western Europe. The fact this division is continuing despite the ongoing war in Ukraine suggests this unhappy marriage between two competing views of Europe
July 04, 2022
Staff Reporter
Last month, Moldova and Ukraine were granted candidate status by the EU. Cue much back-slapping and cheering from Brussels. But the self-congratulation masked a very different reality. For starters, neither Ukraine nor Moldova is likely to ever join the EU, certainly not on terms either would find acceptable, while both would quickly be disabused of
June 28, 2022
Staff Reporter
Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő – Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest – may be emerging as a front-runner to succeed Pope Francis. The canon law expert is fast becoming a contender to succeed the Holy Father as rumours mount about the latter’s health, even with a potential candidate from Asia emerging as a frontrunner as well. Filipino Cardinal
June 09, 2022
CNA Staff
The Order of Malta has announced the death of Fra’ Marco Luzzago, who had led the 1,000-year-old institution since 2020. The order said that the 71-year-old died after a “sudden illness” at Villa Ciccolini in the Italian province of Macerata. The Italian medical doctor, who was related to Pope St Paul VI, was elected as
April 26, 2022
CNA Staff
Pope Francis has named Archbishop Laurent Ulrich as the new Catholic archbishop of Paris. Ulrich, the archbishop of Lille, northern France, succeeds Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who resigned in December. The new Paris archbishop was born in 1951 and ordained a priest of the diocese of Dijon, eastern France, in 1979. He was appointed archbishop of
January 31, 2022
Karl Gustel Wärnberg
Karl Gustel Warnberg examines the doctrinal implications of sexuality as German Bishops give their support to an initiative seeking to change Church teaching on it
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