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

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Vatican News

  • Iran test-fires ballistic missiles on ocean targets
    on January 16, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard conducted a drill Saturday launching anti-warship ballistic missiles at a simulated target in the Indian Ocean, state television reported, amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic.

  • Iraq’s Catholics begin prayer for Pope’s visit
    on January 16, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël Sako has composed a prayer that the churches across Iraq will recite from Sunday, 17 January, in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis in March.

  • Philippine Church calls for fair, ethical Covid-19 vaccination
    on January 16, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    The Catholic bishops of the Philippines are calling on the government to ensure that the planned Covid-19 vaccination programme is accessible to all, with vaccine produced in line with ethical principles and which is administered respecting each person’s choices.

  • Togo: Praying for a better 2021
    on January 16, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Father Silvano Galli, SMA, says the Togolese are praying and hope for political dialogue and a better 2021.

  • Pope sends condolences for the death of Archbishop Rizzato
    on January 16, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Pope Francis sends a telegramme of condolences for the death of Archbishop Oscar Rizzato, former Papal Almoner.

  • Church in England and Wales celebrates Peace Sunday
    on January 16, 2021 at 9:35 am

    The Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates Peace Sunday on 17 January with resources and contributions provided by Pax Christi.

  • Pope prays for quake-struck Indonesians
    on January 15, 2021 at 7:33 pm

    Pope Francis expresses his closeness and assures his prayers to all those affected by an earthquake in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi where search and rescue operations are underway.

  • US Archbishop Coakley reiterates calls to end federal executions
    on January 15, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City and USCCB committee Chairman for Domestic Justice and Human Development reiterates calls to put an end to the use death penalty as several US federal death-row inmates face imminent execution.

  • Concern for refugees in Tigray region
    on January 15, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has expressed concern over the humanitarian situation in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

  • Misereor raises alarm: 13 percent of the world's population secures half of Covid-19 vaccines
    on January 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    The Catholic aid organisation Misereor calls on the European Union to provide all people with fair and rapid access to vaccines against the coronavirus after it became known that only 13% of the world's population has already secured half of the Covid-19 vaccines.

Catholic News Agency

  • As Ireland examines mistreatment of unwed mothers, Catholic bishops apologize for 'abject failure'
    on January 16, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 16, 2021 / 04:28 pm (CNA).- Catholic bishops have welcomed an Irish government report on 20th century homes for unmarried mothers and babies run by local governments and often operated by religious orders. They have apologized for the harsh treatment of unmarried mothers and their […]

  • Nine Catholic bishops with COVID-19 die in a single week
    on January 15, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- In the past week, nine Catholic bishops have died worldwide after testing positive for COVID-19. Between Jan. 8 and Jan. 15, bishops across three continents died as a result of the coronavirus. The deceased bishops ranged in age from 53 years old […]

  • Rabbi: Polish Catholic Church’s Day of Judaism is a ‘holy day’
    on January 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 15, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Chief Rabbi of Poland on Thursday described the Catholic Church’s annual Day of Judaism as a “holy day.” Speaking at a livestreamed press conference on Jan. 14, Rabbi Michael Schudrich expressed gratitude for the annual commemoration […]

  • Catholics remember Shahbaz Bhatti 10 years after his assassination in Pakistan
    on January 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 15, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).- The diocese of Rome will host a memorial Mass on Friday for Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician in Pakistan assassinated by an Islamic terrorist group 10 years ago. Bhatti served as Pakistan’s Federal Minister of […]

  • ‘This was a historic moment’: England’s personal ordinariate celebrates its 10th anniversary
    on January 15, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 15, 2021 / 05:35 am (CNA).- Ten years ago today, Msgr. Keith Newton was preparing to be ordained a Catholic priest at Westminster Cathedral, the mother church of Catholics in England and Wales. It would be an ordination like no other.  The date was Jan. 15, 2011. Up until Dec. […]

  • Vatican diplomat highlights growing religious intolerance
    on January 15, 2021 at 2:20 am

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 14, 2021 / 07:20 pm (CNA).- A Vatican diplomat highlighted Thursday the “ever-growing intolerance and discrimination against Christians, Jews, Muslims and members of other religions.” Addressing the permanent council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation […]

  • Catholic Church resumes Sunday Masses in Iceland
    on January 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Jan 14, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Church is resuming public Sunday Masses in Iceland after the government raised the number of people permitted to gather in churches from 10 to 20. Bishop David Tencer of Reykjavik, the country’s sole Catholic diocese, has […]

  • Bishops urge French Catholics to pray and fast as bioethics bill returns to Senate
    on January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Jan 14, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).- French bishops asked Catholics on Wednesday to pray and fast for the next four Fridays for respect for human life from conception in response to new legislation. With France’s controversial bioethics bill returning to the Senate […]

  • Number of people leaving Catholic Church in Austria fell in 2020
    on January 14, 2021 at 11:00 am

    CNA Staff, Jan 14, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Fewer people left the Catholic Church in Austria in 2020 than in the previous year, according to official figures released on Wednesday. New statistics, published on Jan. 13, showed that 58,535 people formally left the Church in 2020, compared to 67,794 […]

  • Jubilee Year in Santiago de Compostela offers chance at plenary indulgence
    on January 14, 2021 at 3:11 am

    Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Jan 13, 2021 / 08:11 pm (CNA).- The Jubilee Year of Compostela in Spain has been extended to take place through both 2021 and 2022, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The tradition of the Holy Year in the Spanish city dates back to 1122, when Pope Callixtus II allowed a […]