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  • Catholics call for public inquiry into UK nursing home deaths
    on May 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

    CNA Staff, May 23, 2020 / 02:00 am (CNA).- Catholics are calling for a public investigation into why so many elderly people have died in U.K. nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis. More than 20,000 people have died in U.K. care facilities as a result of the pandemic, according to an analysis […]

  • Bishop laments ‘sinister’ promotion of at-home medical abortions amid pandemic
    on May 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    CNA Staff, May 22, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- An English bishop has criticized the government for promoting at-home medical abortions during the coronavirus lockdown. Speaking at a Mass for workers on the pandemic’s front line May 21, Bishop Mark Davies suggested the country would have to face […]

  • Canceled for COVID-19, Rome’s March for Life to ‘connect’ online
    on May 21, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Rome Newsroom, May 21, 2020 / 11:15 am (CNA).- With restrictions still in place to control the transmission of the coronavirus, Rome’s annual pro-life march will take place online this year. Now an internet-based event, the Italian national March for Life is being called “Connected for […]

  • Bishops respond to England's new ‘opt out’ organ donation system
    on May 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

    CNA Staff, May 21, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- A new law treating all adults in England as potential organ donors unless they opt out “potentially undermines the concept of donation as a gift,” the country’s bishops have said.  A statement by the Bishops’ Conference of […]

  • Hungarian legislation to ban changing sex on official documents  
    on May 21, 2020 at 12:36 am

    CNA Staff, May 20, 2020 / 06:36 pm (CNA).- A bill passed by the Hungarian Parliament this week stipulates that birth certificates and other identification documents must state individuals’ sex at birth and cannot be changed based on gender identity. The legislation was proposed by the Fidesz […]

  • Seminarians need 'solid formation' in hospital ministry, chaplain says
    on May 19, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    CNA Staff, May 19, 2020 / 01:30 pm (CNA).- Future seminarians should receive an “absolutely solid formation” in hospital ministry, a priest working with coronavirus patients has said. Fr. Joe McNerney, a full-time hospital chaplain in the Diocese of Portsmouth, England, said that […]

  • John Paul II’s mom chose life after her doctor advised an abortion
    on May 18, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Rome Newsroom, May 18, 2020 / 03:47 pm (CNA).- One hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and life-threatening pregnancy. The child would grow up to be St. John Paul II. In a new book published in Poland, Milena Kindziuk describes how St. […]

  • French state council orders religious gathering ban be lifted
    on May 18, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 01:15 pm (CNA).- The French Council of State ruled Monday that a ban on religious gatherings in the country is a disproportionate response to the coronavirus pandemic, and ordered the government to lift the ban within eight days. Religious gatherings have been prohibited […]

  • ‘Humble and dedicated’ bishop dies from the coronavirus 
    on May 18, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 12:30 pm (CNA).- An English bishop died Monday after contracting the coronavirus. The Archdiocese of Liverpool said that Bishop Vincent Malone, 88, died on the morning of May 18 at the Royal Liverpool Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. He is at least […]

  • Catholics rejoice as public Masses resume in Rome with safety precautions
    on May 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Rome, Italy, May 18, 2020 / 09:30 am (CNA).- As Rome reopened shops and restaurants on Monday, Catholics rejoiced in being able to attend Mass again for the first time in 10 weeks after Masses were first closed to the public. “To receive Communion again as a family was the culmination of our […]