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May 21, 2022
Luke Coppen CNA
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco has announced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not be admitted to Holy Communion in his archdiocese, nor should she present herself to receive the Eucharist, until she publicly repudiates her support for abortion. Cordileone said on May 20 that the step was “purely pastoral, not political” and came
May 20, 2022
Kevin Jones/CNA
New South Wales has become the sixth and final Australian state to legalise euthanasia and assisted suicide. Its legislation forces health care and elder care organisations with religious objections to allow the practice on their premises. “If a civilisation is to be judged by how it treats its weakest members, the New South Wales parliament
May 19, 2022
Francis Young
The weekend of 14th and 15th May witnessed a historic return of Benedictine monks to the site of the Abbey of St Edmund, Bury St Edmunds, whose millennium is being celebrated by the town in 2022. Monks of the English Benedictine Congregation from Douai Abbey and Ampleforth Abbey were joined by the Bishop of East
May 18, 2022
Damian Collins
Once gone, St Benet’s Hall will be impossible to replace, writes alumnus Damian Collins MP Like all current and former students of St Benet’s Hall I was distressed to read the statement from the Master this week that the Hall may no longer hold a licence from the University of Oxford beyond the current academic
May 18, 2022
Olenka Hamilton
Catholic Herald director and former MP Brooks Newmark has helped thousands of refugees to safety during the war Former MP Brooks Newmark has spent the last two months organising buses to move women, children and the elderly out of Ukraine to safety. To date, he has transported 7,692 refugees. Initially, he started moving people from the
May 17, 2022
Serenhedd James
St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, looks set to close, writes Serenhedd James The optimism with which I wrote about the future of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, in the February edition of the Catholic Herald was clearly misplaced. The Master, Professor Richard Cooper, has now written to students to say that the University Council decided on 9th May that
May 12, 2022
Benedict Rogers
Arresting a 90 year-old Cardinal marks a new low for a Chinese Communist Party regime that had already sunk to shocking levels of inhumanity, barbarity, cruelty and mendacity. Cardinal Joseph Zen is, as the last Governor of Hong Kong Lord Patten said yesterday, “one of the most important figures in the Catholic Church in Asia
May 11, 2022
CNA Staff
Cardinal Joseph Zen has been arrested by the authorities in Hong Kong, according to local media reports. The 90-year-old former Catholic bishop of Hong Kong was reportedly detained on May 11 in his role as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters to pay their legal fees. The Standard newspaper
May 11, 2022
Dualta Roughneen
Attacking the reputation of a Catholic saint, no longer alive to defend herself (although it’s unlikely she would bother in any case), is a popular sport. Christopher Hitchens set the tone in 1995 with his book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, and since then it has been open house on one of the Catholic
May 10, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The relics of St Bernadette are to tour Britain from September 3-30, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has announced. The dates and venues of the tour have been agreed – and besides cathedrals and major churches will include a visit to Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London, St Mary’s University in Twickenham, London, and several hospices. There
May 10, 2022
CNA Staff
Criminal acts targeting Catholic churches and pro-life advocates were reported after a weekend marked by unrest in multiple locations in the U.S. tied to anger over a possible Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. In one of the latest incidents, the pastor a Catholic church in Katy, Texas, reported on May 9 that its
May 09, 2022
Simon Caldwell
The obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days is to be re-introduced in England and Wales from Pentecost. The decision by the English and Welsh bishops means that, from June 5, the faithful will be obliged to go to Sunday Mass each week for the first time in more than two
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