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December 07, 2021
Simon Caldwell
A lynch mob has battered a Christian man to death in Pakistan then burned his body while taking selfies of themselves on their mobile phones. Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, the manager of a garment factory in Sialkot, was accused by Muslim colleagues of blasphemy after he asked them to remove stickers with passages from the Koran
December 06, 2021
Lucien de Guise
Lucien de Guise reviews Peru: a journey in time at the British Museum
December 06, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
From a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Pope Francis decried European indifference to the plight of migrants in the Mediterranean as a “shipwreck of civilization.” “The Mediterranean, which for millennia has brought different peoples and distant lands together, is now becoming a grim cemetery without tombstones. This great basin of water, the
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 06, 2021
Eduardo Campos Lima
After riots in a Guayaquil penitentiary left 119 dead on September 28 and 62 dead on November 12, activists of the local Prison Pastoral Ministry have been warning that new rebellions, equally lethal, may happen again in the near future.  The city’s largest prison, known as Litoral (Coastal) Penitentiary, has been the stage for brutal disputes between
December 03, 2021
Staff Reporter
Fra’ Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of Malta, has been laid to rest following a funeral in Valletta. A mighty clap of thunder heralded the arrival of the coffin of Fra’ Matthew as it reached the massive doors of St John’s Co-Cathedral in the Maltese capital. The organ echoed the
December 03, 2021
CNA Staff
Pope Francis said on Friday that “Jesus alone frees the heart from evil” as he celebrated Mass in the divided capital city of Cyprus. Preaching at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Dec. 3, the pope described Christ as a “physician” eager to bring healing to the human heart.  “Jesus is the physician: he alone
December 03, 2021
Jude Atemanke/CNA
Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their places of worship torched. The warning, for which a “Fulani association” claims responsibility, is contained in a letter circulated by the office of the state police commissioner.   “The command has already alerted its Divisions/Formations for
December 02, 2021
Courtney Mares/CNA
Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Michel Aupetit on Thursday amid a controversy surrounding an alleged prior relationship with a woman before he was archbishop of Paris. A statement from the Holy See press office on Dec. 2 said that Pope Francis accepted the resignation submitted by Aupetit and had appointed Archbishop Georges Pontier, archbishop emeritus
December 02, 2021
Jonah McKeown/CNA
As the wait begins for a decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization abortion case, close attention will be paid to the comments and questions of three conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court that some observers view as possible swing votes: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., and Associate Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy
December 02, 2021
Joseph Bukuras/CNA
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
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