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

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Vatican News

  • SAT-7 satellite TV beaming the Christian message of hope to a troubled region
    on December 7, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    A Christian Satellite TV network bringing hope, education and entertainment to millions of Arabic-speakers in 21 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, takes up the challenge of doing more for the suffering Christians in Iraq and in Syria. […]

  • Mexico welcomes US move to hold off designating drug cartels as terrorist cells
    on December 7, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Mexico`s President is welcoming a decision from US President Donald Trump to temporarily hold off designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist cells. […]

  • Austria and Moldova uncover nuclear smuggling ring
    on December 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Europe's police agency says authorities in Austria and Moldova have broken up an organized crime ring suspected of smuggling nuclear materials. The revelations come amid worries about the uncontrolled spread of nuclear materials and concerns expressed by Pope Francis regarding the use and the possession of nuclear weapons. […]

  • Pope urges cinema to continue to be a school of humanism
    on December 7, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Pope Francis on Saturday received in audience members of Italy’s Catholic Association of Community Cinema Hall Operators (ACEC). […]

  • Pope to Catholic NGOs: Move forward with courage and hope
    on December 7, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Pope Francis welcomed Papal representatives, representatives of Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, and members of Catholic-inspired NGOs to the “See of Peter” on Saturday, as a symbol of their “communion with the universal Church”. […]

  • Cardinal Czerny: My family during World War II
    on December 7, 2019 at 9:40 am

    In a Vatican News exclusive, Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, the Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, recounts the experience of his family during the Second World War. […]

  • Germany's Merkel visits Auschwitz amid rising anti-semitism
    on December 6, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz amid concerns about rising anti-semitism in Germany and Europe and brought with here a massive. She carefully walked through the gates of the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau with the notorious words "Arbeit Macht Frei." […]

  • Peace agreement and Pope Francis’ visit giving hope to the people of South Sudan
    on December 6, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    “We are a family of God’s people, in participatory service to the Church.” This is the theme of the first Diocesan Synod organised by the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan. […]

  • Pope urges researchers on social issues to smell like sheep
    on December 6, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Pope Francis on Friday received in audience the officials and staff of the Italian weekly magazine, “Aggiornamenti Sociali”. In a prepared text he handed them, he encouraged a preferential love for the poor and building of bridges among people through listening, dialogue and walking together. […]

  • Fr Cantalamessa gives first Advent reflection to Pope and Roman Curia
    on December 6, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    The Preacher of the Papal Household, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, gives his first Advent reflection at the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace. Below is the full text of his sermon. […]

Catholic News Agency

  • A religious congregation of blind sisters contemplates the face of Christ
    on December 6, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Turin, Italy, Dec 6, 2019 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- In Turin, Italy, the Daughters of Jesus the King is a religious community of  blind and visually impaired sisters who aim for holiness, and to be a sign that in Christ, there are no barriers that cannot be overcome. Sister Lorena Logrono, superior […]

  • Anti-Catholic vandalism in Northern Ireland deters families, prompts investigation
    on December 6, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dec 6, 2019 / 12:00 am (CNA).- Reports emerged this week of a third act of sectarian vandalism at a social housing development in Northern Ireland, into which a Catholic mother and her daughter were in the process of moving from a different part of the city. According to […]

  • Catholic Church discovered in Dublin archeology dig
    on December 6, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Dublin, Ireland, Dec 5, 2019 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- After the demolition of a Dublin building, archaeologists have  discovered the foundations a 300-year-old church that was used during times of Catholic persecution. The church was uncovered by a team of archeologists during a dig taking place […]

  • 'If we give up our Christianity, we lose our identity,' says Hungarian minister
    on December 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2019 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Hungary is promoting pro-family policies because its Christian identity is at stake, the country’s family minister told CNA in an interview. “If we give up on our Christianity, then we will lose our own identity, as Hungarians, as […]

  • Dublin archdiocese to shift sacrament prep from schools to parishes, families
    on December 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Dublin, Ireland, Dec 4, 2019 / 02:23 pm (CNA).- Catholic sacramental preparation must change to stress the primary role of families and to reach students who do not go to Catholic schools, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin this week. The archbishop announced a shift in sacrament prep from […]

  • Spanish cardinal: Prospect of left-wing coalition government a 'serious emergency'
    on December 4, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Valencia, Spain, Dec 3, 2019 / 05:49 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Valencia wrote Saturday that in the wake of an inconclusive general election, a pre-agreement between Spain's prominent socialist and left-wing populist parties could have grievious cultural repercussions. […]

  • UK push for at-home abortion pills denounced as unsafe
    on December 3, 2019 at 7:22 am

    London, England, Dec 3, 2019 / 12:22 am (CNA).- A pro-life group in the UK has decried a report from a London-based medical association calling for women to be able to access abortion pills without meeting in-person with a doctor. On Dec. 2, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists […]

  • English bishops urge voting to uphold human dignity ahead of general election
    on December 2, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Leeds, England, Dec 2, 2019 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are urging voters to consider issues of human rights and the dignity of human life as the country’s general election approaches, with Britain’s exit from the European Union a central issue. […]

  • Hungary's incentives mean more marriages but not more babies
    on December 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Budapest, Hungary, Dec 2, 2019 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Hungary has seen a surge in marriages in 2019 following the introduction of government incentives for couples to marry and have children, but the reforms have yet to deliver a boost to the country’s plummeting birth rates. Hungarian Prime […]

  • Vatican to welcome asylum seekers to Italy
    on December 2, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Rome, Italy, Dec 2, 2019 / 10:19 am (CNA).- On Thursday, the Holy See will welcome 33 refugees to Italy as they arrive from the Greek island of Lesbos with papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. Another 10 refugees will come later in December. The asylum seekers are from Afghanistan, Togo, and […]