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July 01, 2022
The Catholic Herald
Could the Pope stop World War 3? No, this isn’t about Ukraine. Aside from the fact that ship largely appears to have sailed, the chances of the war in eastern Europe developing into a full-blown international conflict (currently) appear remote. The West has refused to impose a no-fly-zone, instead limiting itself to arming Ukraine, which
Are the modern rites really what Vatican II intended, asks Hugh Somerville Knapman OSB
June 30, 2022
Staff Reporter
Less than a week after the US Supreme Court announced its explosive decision to overrule Roe v. Wade – returning the authority to legalise abortions to individual American states – the Pope met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, an Italian-American Catholic, in Rome. Pelosi later received Communion during a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
June 29, 2022
CNA Staff
Catholics cannot say they accept the reforms Second Vatican Council while rejecting its liturgy, Pope Francis has said in a fresh assault on traditional rites. The Holy Father made his remarks in a letter on the liturgy published nearly one year after he issued the motu proprio Traditionis custodes, restricting the celebration of the Traditional
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 24, 2022
Ben Stephens
What was Pope Francis thinking when he cancelled the Vatican's Corpus Christi procession, asks Ben Stephens
June 23, 2022
Staff Reporter
Later this year, a deal inked in 2018 between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Vatican will expire. The initial two-year agreement – whose terms remain secret – was already renewed once in 2020. Now after two years of COVID-19, revelations about genocide of the Muslim Uyghurs in western China, the collapse of Hong
June 22, 2022
Staff Reporter
As rumours continue to mount that Pope Francis could be on the verge of resigning, it is worth considering not just who the next Pontiff could be but what he would represent. The Pope will host a consistory to create 21 new cardinals later this year. The College of Cardinals currently consists of 208 Cardinals,
June 21, 2022
Staff Reporter
Rumours are mounting that Pope Francis is on the verge of resigning. Debate about the Pontiff’s poor health have persisted for some time, with the Holy Father recently seen in a wheelchair. Now the Pope has postponed a trip to Africa – amid fresh attacks against Nigerian Catholics – sending the rumour mill into overdrive. 
June 14, 2022
Andrea Gagliarducci/CNA
Pope Francis has appointed a new head of the Order of Malta even before the funeral of its previous leader Fra’ Marco Luzzago, who died suddenly on June 7. The Canadian-born lawyer Fra’ John T. Dunlap will serve as the Lieutenant of the Grand Master, a role that Luzzago held for two years. Dunlap was
June 11, 2022
Simon Caldwell
Speculation is swirling throughout Rome and beyond that Pope Francis is planning to resign at some point in the near future. The principle reason for this is the Pope’s ailing health. The Holy Father is now seen in public for the most part in a wheelchair. The official reason for his immobility is his need
June 02, 2022
CNA Staff
Pope Francis sent a congratulatory message to Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday coinciding with the United Kingdom’s joyous celebration of the 70th anniversary of her reign. “On this joyful occasion of your Majesty’s birthday, and as you celebrate this Platinum Jubilee year, I send cordial greetings and good wishes, together with the renewed assurance of
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