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December 13, 2021
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The Vatican’s liturgy office on Monday issued a rite and guidelines for the institution of lay catechists in the dioceses of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis created the lay ministry of catechist in May with the release of the motu proprio Antiquum ministerium (“Ancient ministry”), which emphasized the importance of the role of the catechist in history and today
December 06, 2021
CNA Staff
Pope Francis lamented a global “retreat from democracy” in a speech on Saturday in Athens, the cradle of Western civilization. The pope was speaking to political leaders, representatives of civil society, and members of the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace on Dec. 4, hours after arriving from Cyprus. “Here democracy was born. That cradle,
December 02, 2021
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Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit said he was “heartbroken” on Tuesday after hearing of the “horrific tragedy” of a school shooting outside the city earlier in the day.  “I am heartbroken to hear of the horrific tragedy at Oxford High School,” Vigneron said in a Nov. 30 tweet. “On behalf of the clergy, religious, and
December 02, 2021
CNA Staff
Hundreds of buildings across the world were lit up in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Red Week, an annual event organised by the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). This year’s commemoration, on Nov. 17-24, marked the first time that the eastern European countries of Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina have taken part in
November 24, 2021
Kelsey Wicks CNA
Efforts to redefine women undermine their feminine dignity and unjustly pressure them to resort to abortions to keep pace with men in the workforce, a panel of women scholars said earlier this month in a discussion that highlighted the harmful consequences of de-sexing society. Titled “The Dignity of the Sexed Body: Asymmetry, Equality, and Real
November 24, 2021
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The Australian Archdiocese of Brisbane has announced that all archdiocesan employees, including clergy, contractors and some volunteers, must be fully vaccinated by 15th December in accord with the state’s mandate unless they have a medical exemption.  “As we view the situation in Australia and internationally, it is clear that vaccination is the most effective way
November 24, 2021
Kevin Jones/CNA
A former Catholic priest who has previously alleged that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him when he was a seminarian has filed a lawsuit against McCarrick and the Newark archdiocese. “I’m only doing the lawsuit mainly because three years ago when I did that, I also wrote a letter to Cardinal (Joseph) Tobin, and the
November 23, 2021
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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 23, 2021
Katie Yoder/CNA
Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians recently united for a day of prayer in anticipation for an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case concerning abortion.  “Our Christian churches and all people of goodwill must pray, fast, and work harder to end this pandemic of child sacrifice,” Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., said at the
November 23, 2021
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San Francisco, Calif., Nov 22, 2021 / 19:19 pm The archbishop of San Francisco has encouraged students at a local Catholic high school to reject the lies of the abortion industry and become courageous advocates for life, following a boycott of a pro-life assembly at the school.  “Do not be victims of the culture,” Archbishop
November 22, 2021
Luke Coppen CNA
A Catholic priest guillotined by the Nazis in 1942 was declared blessed on Saturday.  Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification of Fr. Jan Macha at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice, southwest Poland, on Nov. 20. Preaching at the live-streamed Mass, the Italian cardinal said: “The witness
November 22, 2021
CNA Staff
A Catholic priest, parishioners, and Catholic school children were injured when an SUV plowed into marchers during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has said. “Our prayers are with the people who have been injured and killed during the tragic incident in Waukesha,” the archdiocese’s communications director, Sandra Peterson,
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