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July 18, 2021
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The poet Elizabeth Jennings was born on this day in 1926. A devout Catholic, she attended St Anne’s College, Oxford, where she lived all her life, before working as a librarian then in publishing before writing full-time. Her “sincere and scrupulous work” has been praised for its “unassuming technical craft”, “emotional restraint,” and “sensitivity towards
July 16, 2021
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Vatican City, Jul 16, 2021 / 04:45 am. Pope Francis issued a motu proprio on Friday restricting Masses celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. In the motu proprio, issued July 16, the pope made sweeping changes to his predecessor Benedict XVI’s 2007 apostolic letter Summorum Pontificum, which acknowledged the right of all priests to say
July 15, 2021
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Madrid, Spain, Jul 14, 2021 / 05:30 am. A body representing Spain’s medical colleges said on Monday that a government minister’s threat to conscientious objection on abortion is “unacceptable, illegal, and unjust.” The General Council of Official Medical Colleges (CGCOM) was responding to proposed changes to the country’s abortion law announced by Spain’s Equality Minister Irene
July 15, 2021
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Vatican City, Jul 15, 2021 / 09:00 am. Members of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy met in person on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the Holy See’s final balance for 2020 and its investment policy. The July 14-15 meeting was the first time that the body has met face-to-face since Pope Francis nominated six women to
July 14, 2021
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The car, with darkened windows, taking Pope Francis back to the Vatican after his stay at the Gemelli hospital for colon surgery.   By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Jul 14, 2021 / 04:30 am Pope Francis returned to the Vatican on Wednesday after spending 11 days in a Rome hospital to recover from colon surgery.
July 13, 2021
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Camagüey, Cuba, Jul 12, 2021 / 12:03 pm. Father Castor Álvarez was beaten and arrested in Camagüey while he was defending young protesters amid protests of Cuba’s communist government on Sunday. Protests took place across the island July 11. According to information confirmed by CNA’s sister agency, ACI Prensa, the priest is being held at
July 13, 2021
David Mills
Yes, someone said that -- not a complete crank, either -- in an article for a third-tier conserative American publication that was essentially a rant, says David Mills, who took up his pen mainly because the author of the screed annoyed him. "The article's a rant by an ideologically marginal writer, writing in a marginal publication," but the author of the piece "does represent a large section of American conservatism, who think as he does."
July 12, 2021
From the Archives
Interviewed in 1998, when he was edited The Daily Telegraph, the Tory journalist Charles Moore describes entering the Church when one's family doesn't like it, his support for Vatican II, and his thoughts on England and Catholicism.
July 12, 2021
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Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 12, 2021 / 05:30 am. Pope Francis will visit Scotland “for a very short time” in November, a spokesperson for the country’s bishops’ conference said Monday. The pope is expected to attend the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow on Nov. 1-12. “The pope will be in
July 10, 2021
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La Crosse, Wis., Jul 9, 2021 / 12:11 pm. Fr. James Altman has been removed from ministry after Bishop William Callahan of La Crosse sought privately to correct the priest for his inflammatory, though in some circles popular, commentary on social media. “The obligation of a bishop is to ensure that all who serve the
July 09, 2021
From the Archives
The Catholic Herald reviewed J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit about a month after it appeared. The review in the “Children’s Catholic Herald” section was headed by a picture of Tolkien, much younger than the pictures of him we usually see. The caption read: “Professor Tolkien discovered the Hobbit. He is not really a professor of
July 09, 2021
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London, England, Jul 7, 2021 / 08:05 am. A woman with Down syndrome said on Tuesday that a U.K. law allowing abortion up to birth for disability made her feel that she was “better off dead.” Heidi Crowter, a 26-year-old from Coventry, in central England, made the comment outside the High Court in London on
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