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

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Vatican News

  • Lithuania, Ukraine holding elections amid pandemic
    on October 25, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    Despite the raging coronavirus pandemic, polls opened Sunday for elections that could impact government leaders' future in two East European nations. In Lithuania, a parliamentary runoff is likely to change its government. And, in Ukraine, local elections are a popularity test for last year's elected former comedian-turned president.

  • New Cardinal-elects express surprise and gratitude
    on October 25, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Reaction from the clerics Pope Francis has chosen to collaborate with him as Cardinals is beginning to come in. As Vatican News becomes aware of their reactions, we will continue to post them here.

  • Blast kills students in Afghanistan
    on October 25, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    A suicide bombing at an education centre in Afghanistan has killed at least 24 people, including students.

  • New Cardinals come from all corners of the earth
    on October 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    They come from Africa, Asia (Brunei and the Philippines), North and South America and Italy. In addition, there is a particular accent on the sons of St Francis during the year in which the Encyclical "Fratelli tutti" was published. Short biographies of the 13 new Cardinals Pope Francis announced on Sunday follow.

  • Pope Francis appeals for end to unrest in Nigeria
    on October 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    The Pope on Sunday expresses his concern at continuing violence in Nigeria, and appeals for social harmony in the promotion of justice and the common good.

  • Pope announces a consistory for the creation of 13 new cardinals
    on October 25, 2020 at 11:57 am

    On 28 November, there will be 13 new additions to the College of Cardinals: 9 are under 80 years of age, among them is the Guardian of Sacro Convento in Assisi, Father Mauro Gambetti.

  • Pope at Angelus: love of God and neighbour fundamental to Christian life
    on October 25, 2020 at 11:14 am

    Pope Francis during his Sunday Angelus tells the faithful in St Peter’s Square that love is the cornerstone of Jesus’ teaching.

  • Invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Africa
    on October 25, 2020 at 8:37 am

    The countless challenges that besiege the continent of Africa definitely demand solutions from socio-political actors. However, the invocation of our Blessed Mother, Mary, as Our Lady of Africa, is something that should never be ignored.

  • Vatican Museums: everything is connected #4
    on October 25, 2020 at 7:56 am

    "We exist only in relationships: with God the Creator, with our brothers and sisters as members of a common family, and with all of God’s creatures within our common home. We cannot live in harmony with creation if we are not at peace with the Creator who is the source and origin of all things."

  • Court rejects bail for elderly Indian Jesuit priest
    on October 24, 2020 at 3:49 pm

    A special anti-terrorism court has denied bail to Father Stan Swamy, accused of links with terrorism. Cardinal Gracias urges prayers for the Jesuit.

Catholic News Agency

  • Former spiritual director of 'Medjugorje visionaries' excommunicated
    on October 23, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 05:48 pm (CNA).- A laicized priest who had been the spiritual director to six people who said they experienced visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bosnian town of Medjugorje has been excommunicated. Tomislav Vlasic, who had been a Franciscan priest until he was […]

  • Munich archdiocese: Church tax income rises as record numbers depart
    on October 23, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 23, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising announced Friday that it received 665 million euros in income from the church tax last year, despite a record number of Catholics in the diocese formally leaving the Church. Official figures […]

  • Polish president Duda welcomes landmark abortion ruling
    on October 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 23, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Polish president Andrzej Duda welcomed a landmark court ruling on abortion Friday. He told the newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna Oct. 23 that he supported the constitutional court’s verdict that a law permitting abortion for fetal abnormalities was […]

  • Catholic educators 'united in solidarity' after France teacher attack
    on October 23, 2020 at 12:19 am

    CNA Staff, Oct 22, 2020 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- The president of the French bishops’ council for Catholic education expressed solidarity with the country’s school community following the beheading of a Parish school teacher in an Islamist terror attack last week. “In these dark hours, […]

  • ‘The Holy Land changed my life:’ Archbishop Pizzaballa on 30 years in Jerusalem
    on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 22, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa has concluded his four-year mandate as apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Since 1990, shortly after his priestly ordination, the Italian bishop and Franciscan friar has lived in the […]

  • Polish court declares abortion in cases of fetal abnormalities unconstitutional
    on October 22, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 22, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- Poland’s constitutional court ruled Thursday that a law permitting abortion for fetal abnormalities is unconstitutional. In the highly anticipated ruling Oct. 22, the Constitutional Tribunal in Warsaw declared that the law introduced in 1993 was […]

  • Polish city unveils giant St. John Paul II mural in centenary year
    on October 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 22, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- A Polish city has unveiled a giant mural of St. John Paul II in honor of the birth centenary of the pope whose feast day is celebrated Thursday. City authorities in Stalowa Wola, southeastern Poland, commissioned the portrait, which is 30 feet wide […]

  • Killer of martyred Italian nun: ‘I can have of her only a memory of love’
    on October 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 22, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- The three teenage girls who killed Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti 20 years ago attested afterward that, while they were stabbing the 60-year-old religious sister to death, she told them she forgave them. “The sister cried out. She said she would not […]

  • Pope Francis: ‘The world has a profound thirst for peace’
    on October 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Rome, Italy, Oct 20, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis affirmed the signal importance of peace at an interreligious gathering Tuesday on Rome’s Capitoline Hill. “We need peace. More peace. We cannot remain indifferent. Today the world has a profound thirst for peace. In many […]

  • Shrine of patroness of impossible causes launches Lebanon prayer campaign
    on October 20, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 20, 2020 / 09:30 am (CNA).- The Basilica of St. Rita, the patron saint of impossible causes, is launching a seven-month prayer initiative for Lebanon as the country faces an unprecedented economic and political crisis. “In prayer with St. Rita for Lebanon” will begin […]