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October 27, 2021
Oxford, England, Oct 26, 2021 / 08:10 am There is no better time for Oxford University’s 400 clubs and societies to recruit new members than at the Student Union’s Freshers’ Fair, held annually in October. Students embarking on their freshman year — known as “freshers” in England — walk around stalls run by groups devoted
October 27, 2021
Washington D.C., Oct 26, 2021 / 11:10 am A Catholic diocese in Canada will be requiring proof of vaccination and identity verification for anyone age 12 or older to attend Mass or other events held at parishes.  “Effective October 22, 2021, it will be mandatory for all persons 12 and older wishing to attend Masses
October 26, 2021
Bengaluru, India, Oct 25, 2021 / 04:30 am A proposed survey of Christian missionaries and their places of worship could lead to church workers being “unfairly targeted,” a Catholic archbishop in India has said. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore made the statement on Oct. 15 in response to media reports that the state government of Karnataka, in
October 26, 2021
Washington D.C., Oct 25, 2021 / 15:02 pm Spending bills introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would force employers and insurers to cover and pay for abortion, and do not include longtime protections for conscience rights, the U.S. bishops’ conference warned on Friday.   “The bills released by the Senate Appropriations chairman this week represent
October 26, 2021
London, England, Oct 26, 2021 / 04:30 am U.K. lawmakers have formally proposed an “Amess amendment” to a bill going through Parliament seeking to guarantee that Catholic priests can administer the last rites at crime scenes. The amendment, known as 292E, to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, was proposed by four members of the House
October 25, 2021
On Monday, Pope Francis appointed the economist Jeffrey Sachs to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.  The Holy See press office said on 25th October that the pope had named Sachs as an “ordinary member” of the academy founded in 1994 by Pope John Paul II to promote the study and progress of the social sciences. Sachs, the director
October 25, 2021
Alta Fixsler, the two-year-old girl whose parents fought to keep on life support, died on 18th October after her life support was withdrawn.  “Sad news, little Alta Fixsler’s life support was turned off this afternoon and she died at the hospice with her parents by her side,” said a statement from a representative for her
October 23, 2021
Vatican City, Oct 21, 2021 / 04:40 am Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that Benedict XVI is “full of zest for life” after the pope emeritus expressed the hope that he would join his friends in heaven in a condolence message.  Gänswein, Benedict XVI’s private secretary, spoke to Germany’s Bild newspaper on Oct. 20 after media reports
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