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  • Head of German Catholic bishops: ‘I do not deny Communion to a Protestant who asks for it’
    on February 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

    CNA Staff, Feb 26, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).- The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said on Thursday that he would continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing told journalists at a press conference on Feb. 25 that it was necessary […]

  • Plan to exhume body of US-born nun buried in England withdrawn after outcry
    on February 25, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 25, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A religious order announced on Thursday that it had withdrawn an application to exhume the body of its US-born founder following an outcry in England, where the nun is buried. In a Feb. 25 statement, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus said that it had […]

  • EU Catholic bishops criticize European Parliament resolution on Poland’s abortion law
    on February 25, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 25, 2021 / 06:15 am (CNA).- Catholic bishops across Europe have criticized a European Parliament resolution on Poland’s abortion law. In a letter released on Feb. 25, the bishops said that the resolution, passed on Nov. 26, 2020, would have “a very negative impact” […]

  • Romanian Catholic archbishop: The Church needs to form ‘post-COVID-19’ generation
    on February 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 24, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Archbishop Aurel Percă has never led his archdiocese in normal times. He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest on Jan. 11, 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic engulfed Romania.  In his first year in office, the […]

  • English cardinal calls for ‘unambiguous legislation’ against ‘hateful extremism’
    on February 24, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 24, 2021 / 08:10 am (CNA).- An English cardinal called on Wednesday for “unambiguous legislation” to fight “hateful extremism” following a report arguing that gaps in U.K. law allow extremists to operate with impunity. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, […]

  • German Catholic bishops call for change to Catechism on homosexuality
    on February 23, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- A German Catholic bishop has publicly defended his support for a book of blessings and rites for homosexual unions. Bishop Peter Kohlgraf of Mainz also suggested that Catholics with homosexual inclinations cannot all be expected to live chastely and the […]

  • Twitter restores Irish Catholic bishop’s post on assisted suicide after review
    on February 23, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Twitter has restored an Irish Catholic bishop’s post about assisted suicide following a review. In the Jan. 31 tweet, Bishop Kevin Doran expressed opposition to efforts to legalize the practice in Ireland. He wrote: “There is dignity in […]

  • German bishops’ conference elects first female general secretary
    on February 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Feb 23, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- The theologian Beate Gilles was elected general secretary of the German bishops’ conference on Monday, becoming the first woman to hold the post.  She succeeds Fr. Hans Langendörfer, S.J., who held the office from 1996 until he stepped […]

  • Former Vatican ambassador in Baghdad looks ahead to Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq
    on February 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Feb 23, 2021 / 09:00 am (CNA).- When Cardinal Fernando Filoni served as the papal nuncio in Iraq in the early 2000s, he remained in Baghdad amid bombings and suicide attacks. In an interview with EWTN, the cardinal remembered the words that Pope John Paul II said to him as he […]

  • Catholic leaders urge EU to be guided by solidarity in vaccine distribution
    on February 23, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Feb 23, 2021 / 07:05 am (CNA).- Catholic leaders in Europe have urged the European Union to be guided by solidarity, fraternity, and social justice as it distributes and administers the COVID-19 vaccine. In a joint statement Feb. 23, Caritas Europa and the Commission of […]