A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.
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Pope to Focolare-linked bishops: Help realize God’s “dream” of harmony in world
on September 25, 2021 at 10:35 am
Bishops from various Christian Churches and ecclesial communities who held a meeting organized by the Focolare Movement, were received by Pope Francis on Saturday in the Vatican.
Iraqi Archbishop 'concerned' over local impact of Taliban's Afghan takeover
on September 25, 2021 at 9:45 am
The Archbishop of Erbil expresses his concern over the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the upcoming withdrawal of remaining US troops from Iraq could have a negative impact on Christians and other minorities in Iraq.
Cardinal Nichols: Church rebuilds Europe by answering life's great questions
on September 25, 2021 at 9:31 am
As the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences holds a golden jubilee celebration in Rome, English Cardinal Vincent Nichols explains the organization's mission and how it can help rebuild Europe's Christian roots.
Holy See: Ensuring access to affordable and sustainable energy 'a moral duty'
on September 25, 2021 at 8:21 am
As the UN hosts a high-level event on energy, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher sends a video message to participants, and says that transition to accessible and clean energy is a duty that richer countries owe to poorer ones.
Archbishop Gallagher: Not enough to feed the hungry, long-term resources are needed
on September 24, 2021 at 5:14 pm
Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher sends a video message to the United Nations Food System Summit, and assures participants of the Holy See's full collaboration in reaching food equality in the world.
Cardinal Woelki takes time out from archdiocese, retains Pope’s confidence
on September 24, 2021 at 4:47 pm
Having reviewed the results of the apostolic visit to the German archdiocese of Cologne concerning the handling of abuse cases, the Pope accepts Cardinal Woelki’s request to have a break. At the same time, the Holy Father rejected the resignation of two auxiliary bishops of Cologne.
Pope to new Armenian Patriarch: closeness to Syria, Lebanon
on September 24, 2021 at 2:30 pm
In a letter, Pope Francis has granted the “Ecclesiastica Communio” to the new Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, who was elected on September 23. The Pope received His Beatitude Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian of Cilicia in the Vatican on Friday.
Germany: Political parties rally supporters ahead of election
on September 24, 2021 at 12:50 pm
As Germans prepare to go to the polls in a national election on Sunday, political parties are using the last two days of this campaign to win over undecided voters.
Pope names Special Delegate for the Memores Domini association
on September 24, 2021 at 12:42 pm
Pope Francis has named Archbishop Filippo Santoro of Taranto as his Special Delegate to the Memores Domini Lay Association. Archbishop Santoro will temporarily assume the governance of the association in order to safeguard its charism and preserve its unity.
Pope sends condolences on death of Cardinal Urosa Savino
on September 24, 2021 at 12:21 pm
In a telegram, Pope Francis remembers the archbishop emeritus of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, who died late Thursday at the age of 79. The Venezuelan cardinal had been admitted to intensive care at the end of August. Cardinal Savino remained close to the suffering of the Venezuelan population to the very end, inviting political leaders to work together to peacefully resolve the political […]
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Surgeon who operated on Cardinal Sarah: ‘I could feel his holiness’
on September 25, 2021 at 10:00 am
Surgeon Domenico Veneziano with Cardinal Robert Sarah. / Courtesy photo. Rome, Italy, Sep 25, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA). The surgeon who performed an operation on Cardinal Robert Sarah in southern Italy in July said that treating the Guinean cardinal allowed him to see the prominent churchman in a new […]
Cardinal Kasper supports alternative ‘Synodal Way’ text
on September 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Cardinal Walter Kasper. / Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Rome, Italy, Sep 24, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). An influential theologian considered to be close to Pope Francis has praised an alternative text for Germany’s controversial “Synodal Way.”In a lecture delivered […]
Pope Francis confirms Cardinal Woelki in post after apostolic visitation of Germany’s Cologne archdiocese
on September 24, 2021 at 10:25 am
Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne. / Jochen Rolfes/Archdiocese of Cologne. Cologne, Germany, Sep 24, 2021 / 04:25 am (CNA). Pope Francis has ruled that Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki should remain in charge of Germany’s Cologne archdiocese after a Vatican investigation into his handling […]
Court rejects challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law
on September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am
Heidi Crowter speaks outside the High Court in London England, July 6, 2021. / Don’t Screen Us Out via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0). London, England, Sep 23, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA). The High Court in London rejected on Thursday a landmark challenge to a U.K. law allowing abortion up to birth for […]
Spain's lower house advances bill that would criminalize pro-life witness near abortion clinics
on September 22, 2021 at 11:00 pm
A 40 Days for Life prayer vigil outside an abortion clinic in Madrid. / Twitter 40 días por la vida. Madrid, Spain, Sep 22, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA). The lower house of Spain's legislature voted Tuesday to take up consideration of a bill proposed by the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ […]
Cardinal Parolin: The Vatican is ‘worried’ about AUKUS nuclear rearmament
on September 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Cardinal Pietro Parolin during a visit to Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2017. / Shutterstock. Rome, Italy, Sep 22, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA). The Vatican’s Secretary of State commented Wednesday on the new security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to deploy nuclear-powered […]
Cardinal O’Malley at safeguarding summit: ‘The wrongs done to God’s people must be corrected’
on September 22, 2021 at 11:30 am
Cardinal Seán O’Malley celebrates Mass during a safeguarding summit in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 20, 2021. / episkopat.pl Warsaw, Poland, Sep 22, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA). Cardinal Seán O’Malley told a safeguarding summit this week that “the wrongs done to God’s […]
Diocesan administrator: Spanish bishop's resignation 'perplexing', but his person must be respected
on September 21, 2021 at 8:10 pm
Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona. / Conferencia Episcopal Española via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Solsona, Spain, Sep 21, 2021 / 14:10 pm (CNA). The apostolic administrator of Solsona, Bishop Romà Casanova i Casanova of Vic, has addressed in his weekly letter […]
Fire damages historic Catholic church in Ukraine
on September 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Fire damage at the Church of St. Nicholas in Kyiv, Ukraine. / Courtesy photo. Kyiv, Ukraine, Sep 21, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA). A fire has severely damaged a historic Catholic church in Ukraine’s capital city, Kyiv.The fire broke out at the Gothic-style Church of St. Nicholas during an organ […]
San Marino to vote on abortion legalization Sept. 26
on September 20, 2021 at 7:15 pm
Guaita tower, San Marino / princeztl/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Sep 20, 2021 / 13:15 pm (CNA). The tiny European nation of San Marino, where abortion has been illegal for nearly a century and a half, is set to hold a referendum on the legalization of abortion later this month. The nation […]