A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.
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Global concerns mount over escalating east Ukraine conflict
on April 18, 2021 at 2:52 pm
As Pope Francis appeals for peace in eastern Ukraine, rising tensions between Kiev and Moscow are triggered by growing violations of a ceasefire agreed between Ukrainian government forces and Russian-backed separatists. It comes while a massive Russian military buildup is underway near Ukraine's borders and British warships preparing to sail for the Black Sea next month in support of Ukraine.
Pope appeals for peace and reconciliation in eastern Ukraine
on April 18, 2021 at 11:11 am
Speaking after the Regina Coeli prayer in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expresses his hope for a decrease in military activities and tension in eastern Ukraine and prays for the suffering population.
Pope at Regina Coeli: Christianity is relationship, care and joy
on April 18, 2021 at 10:32 am
On the Third Sunday of Easter Pope Francis reflects on how being a Christian is not first of all a doctrine or a moral ideal, it is the living relationship with Him.
Pope and UN refugee agency chief discuss people on the move
on April 17, 2021 at 3:19 pm
Pope Francis on Friday received in audience United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, and discussed issues linked with the movement of people.
Brazil's former President Lula makes a comeback
on April 17, 2021 at 2:12 pm
Brazil`s ex President Lula, now has a clear run to contest the top job once again, following his corruption convictions having been quashed by the country`s Supreme Court.
German Ecumenical Week for Life focuses on "Life in Dying"
on April 17, 2021 at 11:34 am
Ecumenical Week for Life in Germany: Bishop Losinger warns that assisted suicide fatally leads to admitting euthanasia.
Vatican pays tribute to Prince Philip
on April 17, 2021 at 11:30 am
In a homily during a remembrance service for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died on 9 April, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher recalls the Prince's honourable and faithful service to the Queen, his country and the world.
Vatican wishes the “explosion of pure joy” of circus will soon return
on April 17, 2021 at 11:17 am
The circus industry has been badly hit by the pandemic. On World Circus Day, Saturday, the Vatican sent a message to the World Circus Federation, expressing its closeness.
Covid-crisis exacerbates conditions of poverty in Haiti
on April 16, 2021 at 3:13 pm
The collapse of the global economy has contributed to worsening conditions for the very poor in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, according to Fr Richard Frechette with the "Fondazione Rava”.
UN envoy: diplomatic unity key to help end Yemen war
on April 16, 2021 at 11:45 am
More than 200 people were killed or injured in Yemen in March, the deadliest so far this year. The world’s biggest humanitarian crisis has exacerbated with a second wave of Covid-19 infections. The UN is urging for a ceasefire and eventual end to the war.
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St. Faustina relic given to Catholic basilica hit by Croatia earthquake
on April 16, 2021 at 11:00 am
Relics of St. Faustina and Blessed Michał Sopoćko at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in Sisak, Croatia. / Diocese of Sisak Rome Newsroom, Apr 16, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA). A Catholic basilica in one of the towns most-damaged by an earthquake in Croatia last December recently received a relic […]
Pope Francis: Meeting Christ in the poor renews our missionary vigor
on April 15, 2021 at 9:18 pm
Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2021 / 15:18 pm (CNA). Pope Francis said Thursday that the poverty and exclusion from the job market caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made the work […]
Soon-to-be-beatified Italian woman pioneered faith-based feminism
on April 15, 2021 at 6:11 pm
Armida Barelli. / Archdiocese of Milan Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:11 pm (CNA). Armida Barelli, a lay Catholic leader who formed “generations of conscious and motivated women” in the faith, will be beatified after the Church approved a miracle attributed to her intercession.
'What I can do is love': This Catholic sister is a missionary to refugees in Greece
on April 15, 2021 at 10:00 am
Sr. Victoria Kovalchuk with a refugee girl in Athens, Greece in April 2021. / Alexey Gotovsky/CNA. Rome Newsroom, Apr 15, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA). "I tell them: I came here to be with you in your situation. When you cry, I will be with you. When you laugh, I will be with you."
Abuse commission of Church in Germany defends citing Michel Foucault
on April 13, 2021 at 9:15 pm
The Square Michel Foucault in Paris. Credit: J. Maughn via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0). Rome Newsroom, Apr 13, 2021 / 15:15 pm (CNA). The abuse commission of the Catholic Church in Germany has defended its citation of French philosopher Michel Foucault in a position paper drafted earlier this year.
Christian leaders in N. Ireland call for ‘unified’ negotiations, peaceful solutions
on April 13, 2021 at 8:10 pm
Nationalists attack police on April 8, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. / Charles McQuillan/Getty Images. CNA Staff, Apr 13, 2021 / 14:10 pm (CNA). The Catholic archbishop of Northern Ireland on Tuesday joined with other Christian leaders in calling for a “unified” response to […]
London police express regret over upset due to halting Good Friday service at Polish parish
on April 12, 2021 at 7:46 pm
DS Andy Wadey of the Metropolitan Police addresses parishioners at Christ the King parish, Balham, south London, April 11, 2021. Credit: Mazur/cbcew.org.uk via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) London, England, Apr 12, 2021 / 13:46 pm (CNA). The Archbishop of Southwark and representatives of the […]
French Catholic bishops open beatification cause of Dominican priest
on April 9, 2021 at 6:01 pm
French Dominican priest Fr. Marie-Etienne Vayssière (1864-1940). / Archives Provinciales de Toulouse. All rights reserved. Rome Newsroom, Apr 9, 2021 / 12:01 pm (CNA). Fr. Marie-Étienne Vayssière (1864-1940) is a little-known but quietly influential figure.
Cardinal Nichols leads Catholic community in mourning death of Prince Philip at age 99
on April 9, 2021 at 11:53 am
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh attend the Trooping of the Colour in London, England, June 16, 2012. / Catchlight Media/Featureflash via Shutterstock. CNA Staff, Apr 9, 2021 / 05:53 am (CNA). Cardinal Vincent Nichols has led the Catholic community in mourning the death of Prince […]
Russian authorities return church to Catholic community after 25-year wait
on April 9, 2021 at 11:35 am
The Church of Sts. Peter and Paul in Novgorod, Russia. / Credit: pd. CNA Staff, Apr 9, 2021 / 05:35 am (CNA). Authorities in Russia have returned a church to the Catholic community after a 25-year wait.