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Vatican News

  • Council of Cardinals focuses on Curial reform and protection of minors
    on February 20, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    A 3-day meeting of the Council of Cardinal Advisors has focused on two issues in particular: the new Apostolic Constitution and the Vatican meeting on “The protection of minors in the Church”. […]

  • Protection of minors: Meeting of abuse victims in Vatican
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    The ad interim Director of the Vatican Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, issues a statement confirming a meeting that took place in the Vatican on Wednesday between the organizing committee of the “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting and several victims of abuse. […]

  • Protection of Minors Meeting: Four days that will leave their mark
    on February 20, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    The four-day “Protection of Minors in the Church” Meeting, taking place from February 21 to 24 February in the Vatican, offers new opportunities for awareness, listening to victims, responsibility, accountability, and transparency. […]

  • Venezuelan bishops urge prosecutors to uphold human rights in the face of violations
    on February 20, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    The Justice and Peace Commission of Venezuela’s Bishops’ Conference is calling on Police Forces to respect rules enshrined in the Constitution to protect human rights. […]

  • France in shock over Jewish cemetry attack amid rising antisemitism
    on February 20, 2019 at 11:58 am

    rench officials and ordinary people across the political spectrum are marching in Paris and dozens of other cities against antisemitism, amid a dramatic rise in physical and verbal attacks against Jewish people in France. The protests began just hours after French President Emmanuel Macron headed to a Jewish cemetery in eastern France that was damaged overnight in the latest anti-semitic […]

  • Pakistan warn India as spat grows
    on February 20, 2019 at 11:48 am

    The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan will retaliate if India takes military action against it. […]

  • Pope Audience: God the Father loves us like no one else can
    on February 20, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Pope Francis during his continuing catechesis on the Lord's Prayer at the Wednesday General Audience tells pilgrims, that “when we feel that hunger to love God, we are responding to the invitation to know God as ‘Father’." […]

  • Pope’s special audience to pilgrims from Benevento
    on February 20, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Pilgrims from the Italian Archdiocese of Benevento paid a visit to Pope Francis in response to his visit to the shrine of popular Italian saint, Padre Pio, at Pietrelcina on March 17, 2018. […]

  • Pope Francis' General Audience: English summary
    on February 20, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Pope Francis continues his catechesis on the Lord's Prayer at the Wednesday General Audience. The official English-language summary of his address is below: […]

  • Abp. Martin offers message to abuse victims
    on February 20, 2019 at 8:21 am

    On the eve of the special meeting in the Vatican on the protection of minors in the Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin, of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has offered a message to survivors and victims of abuse asking for forgiveness and ensuring that Church activities are as safe as possible for children and vulnerable people. […]

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  • Dutch cathedral may be sold because of poor attendance, maintenance costs
    on February 21, 2019 at 1:54 am

    Utrecht, Netherlands, Feb 20, 2019 / 06:54 pm (CNA).- St. Catherine’s Cathedral in Utrecht is expected to be closed and sold due to an ongoing decrease in attendance, as the aging building has become more expensive to maintain. The cathedral will likely be sold to the Museum Catharijne […]

  • Cologne's cardinal warns against inventing 'a new Church'
    on February 19, 2019 at 11:38 pm

    Cologne, Germany, Feb 19, 2019 / 04:38 pm ().- Noting the challenges facing the Church in Germany, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne told EWTN last week that amid dispute over the Church's “direction”, the bishops are called to preserve the faith. “The current situation in […]

  • Religious superiors voice shame over child abuse failings
    on February 19, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Rome, Italy, Feb 19, 2019 / 11:08 am ().- Superiors general of men’s and women’s religious communities expressed sorrow Tuesday for sexual abuse committed within religious congregations and orders ahead of a Vatican meeting on child sex abuse. The Feb. 19 statement noted the […]

  • Vatican ambassador under investigation for sexual assault
    on February 15, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Paris, France, Feb 15, 2019 / 08:26 am ().- Bishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France since 2009 and a long-time Vatican diplomat, is under investigation for alleged sexual assault. The French newspaper Le Monde reported Friday that Ventura, 74, is being investigated by Paris authorities […]

  • Eucharist desecrated, statues smashed in series of French church attacks
    on February 15, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Paris, France, Feb 15, 2019 / 12:30 am ().- At least 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported in France since the beginning of February, according to French news sources and watch groups. Vandals in Catholic churches throughout the country have smashed […]

  • UK doctors perform prenatal surgery on child with a birth defect
    on February 14, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    London, England, Feb 14, 2019 / 03:34 pm ().- Doctors in the United Kingdom performed surgery Jan. 8 on an unborn baby, before successfully returning the child, Elouise, to her mother’s womb. The mother, 26-year-old Bethan Simpson, learned during a routine 20-week scan late last year that […]

  • As population plummets, Hungary to end income tax for moms of at least four
    on February 12, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Budapest, Hungary, Feb 12, 2019 / 03:22 am ().- In an effort to encourage Hungarians to have more babies, the prime minister of the country has announced that women with four children or more will be exempt from paying income tax for life. In a speech over the weekend, Prime Minister Viktor Orban […]

  • Cardinal Kasper says Müller’s manifesto spreads ‘confusion and division’
    on February 10, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Munich, Germany, Feb 10, 2019 / 01:32 pm ().- Cardinal Walter Kasper has released a criticism of Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s “Manifesto of Faith,” accusing it of containing half-truths and blanket statements that could lead to division and confusion in the Church. In a […]

  • Treat inmates with compassion, Pope Francis urges prison staff
    on February 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Rome, Italy, Feb 7, 2019 / 09:24 am ().- Often spaces of suffering, prisons should be places of hope and the possibility of redemption, Pope Francis told prison personnel Thursday, urging them to have compassion on the ‘wounds’ of their imprisoned brothers and sisters. Everyone who […]

  • Why some Scottish hospitals don't tell parents their baby's sex
    on February 5, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Edinburgh, Scotland, Feb 5, 2019 / 04:01 pm ().- Some hospitals in Scotland have stopped telling expectant parents the sex of their unborn baby due to fears of legal action in cases of mistakes, the potential to encourage sex-selective abortion, and hostility to hospital staff from parents. Four […]