A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.

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Vatican News

  • Holy See urges open, constructive dialogue in Middle East
    on January 23, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    Monsignor Fredrik Hansen, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York, on Wednesday spoke at a Security Council debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. […]

  • At least 19 people killed in attack in South Sudan
    on January 23, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    At least 19 people die and dozens more are wounded in an attack in the disputed Abyei region in South Sudan. […]

  • Egmont Group lifts suspension of the Vatican Financial Information Authority
    on January 23, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    The President of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority, Carmelo Barbagallo, announces the lifting of the suspension placed on it by the Egmont Group, and says it can now resume its collaboration with its peers in other countries. […]

  • ‘Gospel Truth’ for January 26, 2020
    on January 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Listen to this week's edition of our reflections on the Gospel reading for the third Sunday in ordinary time, where Jesus says, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua. […]

  • Conference at Vatican focuses on pastoral care of the elderly
    on January 23, 2020 at 11:37 am

    The Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is hosting an International Conference on the pastoral care of the elderly, set to take place in Rome from 29-31 January. […]

  • Pope Francis appoints new Archbishop of Philadelphia
    on January 23, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Bishop Nelson Perez has been named the new Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (USA). […]

  • Reflections for the III Sunday
    on January 23, 2020 at 10:21 am

    Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the third Sunday in ordinary time. He says that the readings teach us that Christ has brought us from the darkness of sin into the Light of God by calling us to repentance and the acceptance of God’s rule over us. […]

  • Irish bishops publish pastoral letter for ‘Sunday of the Word of God'
    on January 22, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    The Bishop of Ossory in Ireland releases a pastoral letter looking ahead to the coming “Sunday of the Word of God” in which he offers a series of reflections and suggestions that aim to help the faithful mark the observance in the best possible way. […]

  • Greek islanders protest migrant influx
    on January 22, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Strikes and protests are being held on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Samos and Chios over the government's handling of migrants arriving from Turkey. […]

  • Holocaust memorials overshadowed by Russia-Poland tensions
    on January 22, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Amid political upheaval, world leaders will gather twice to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the most notorious of Nazi Germany's death camps. There will be two competing ceremonies — one in Jerusalem on Thursday and the other at the Auschwitz site in southern Poland on Monday. They come amid tensions between Russia and Poland over World War II on how to […]

Catholic News Agency

  • Disability advocates applaud Manx legislature for rejecting assisted suicide inquiry
    on January 23, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Douglas, Isle of Man, Jan 23, 2020 / 04:09 pm (CNA).- Legislators on the Isle of Man voted Wednesday to note a debate on assisted suicide, instead of supporting further inquiry into whether the crown dependency's legislation on the matter should be reformed. An amendment from David Ashford to note […]

  • Church of England affirms sex is only for heterosexual marriage
    on January 23, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    London, England, Jan 23, 2020 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- Sex is reserved for married heterosexual couples, new pastoral guidance from the Church of England has affirmed. The new guidance also draws a clear distinction between marriage and civil partnerships, noting that sexual relations are not proper to […]

  • Don’t call a pro-life midwife, UK university said
    on January 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

    London, England, Jan 21, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- An undergraduate student in a midwife program was barred from placement in a hospital, reportedly due to her pro-life beliefs. The decision was overturned last week, but free speech advocates say the case is troubling. According to The Telegraph, […]

  • Legionaries of Christ to discuss handling of abuse at Rome meeting
    on January 21, 2020 at 10:48 pm

    Rome, Italy, Jan 21, 2020 / 03:48 pm (CNA).- The Legionaries of Christ on Jan. 20 opened its 2020 Ordinary General Chapter in Rome, which convenes every six years with the duty to elect the general government for the order and to address the most important matters related to the mission and […]

  • Spanish group files hate crime complaint over anti-Church article
    on January 21, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Madrid, Spain, Jan 21, 2020 / 02:58 pm (CNA).- The Association of Christian Lawyers in Spain filed a complaint last week with the Prosecutor's Office against the newly appointed director of the Institute for Women and Equal Opportunity, Beatriz Gimeno. The group says Gimeno committed a hate crime […]

  • French Senate debates IVF law after thousands protest in Paris streets
    on January 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Paris, France, Jan 21, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Debate began on a bioethics bill in the French Senate Tuesday after tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Paris to protest state funding for medically assisted procreation for lesbian couples and single women.  “A child […]

  • Assisted suicide foes ask Manx parliament not to legalize 'despair'
    on January 17, 2020 at 1:01 am

    Douglas, Isle of Man, Jan 16, 2020 / 06:01 pm (CNA).- A proposal to survey lawmakers’ support to legalize assisted suicide on the Isle of Man drew criticism from disability groups and other foes of the practice, who say it promotes “despair” rather than support for the […]

  • Italian bishops promote Catholic-Jewish dialogue as antisemitic speech increases
    on January 16, 2020 at 6:01 pm

    Rome, Italy, Jan 16, 2020 / 11:01 am (CNA).- The Catholic Church in Italy marked its 31st annual Day of Jewish-Christian Religious Dialogue with a discussion between Rome’s chief rabbi and a Catholic priest who is a professor of the Old Testament. Riccardo Di Segni and Fr. Luca Mazzinghi […]

  • Former priest on trial in France for sexual abuse of minors
    on January 16, 2020 at 2:01 am

    Lyon, France, Jan 15, 2020 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, is on trial before a civil court in France. He has been accused of sexually abusing dozens of minors between 1971 and 1991; he was found guilty by an ecclesiastical tribunal last year. […]

  • Scotland's Bishop Robson accused of plagiarism in dissertation
    on January 15, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 15, 2020 / 02:15 pm (CNA).- A Scottish bishop accused of committing plagiarism in his doctoral dissertation told CNA that while he never intentionally committed any act of plagiarism, he will accept whatever consequences might come from the accusation. “I can […]