A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.
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Pope to Caritas Slovenia: 'May the Church be united'
on November 25, 2020 at 7:33 pm
Pope Francis sends a message of thanks and good wishes to a Caritas Slovenia charity initiative on the 30th anniversary of its foundation.
Eritrean Bishops call for peace in Ethiopia’s Tigray region
on November 25, 2020 at 1:02 pm
Eritrean Bishops appeal for peace in Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region, stressing that there are no winners in war
French Bishops call for “realistic” measures for the resumption of Masses
on November 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm
France will start to ease its COVID-19 lockdown this weekend ahead of the Christmas holidays. But in a statement, the French Bishops’ Conference has expressed disappointment at measures concerning the resumption of public worship, and is calling for clarification on the matter.
Holy See: Interreligious dialogue only path to peace, freedom
on November 25, 2020 at 11:47 am
The Holy See’s representative at the UN in Geneva attends the launch of a book on interreligious dialogue, and says peace and true freedom are only possible when based on dialogue.
Pope at Audience: Love is mystical root of believer’s life
on November 25, 2020 at 9:19 am
Pope Francis reflects on the prayer of the early Church at the General Audience on Wednesday
‘One-third of women live in fear of violence’
on November 25, 2020 at 8:50 am
Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a Catholic organization in Spain laments the fact that 30 percent of women across the globe live in fear of violence.
New bishop appointed in China
on November 25, 2020 at 8:40 am
Bishop Thomas Chen Tianhao will head the diocese of Qingdao. The Director of the Holy See Press Office explains the appointment falls within the framework of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and China.
Middle East Council of Churches appeals for stability in the Caucasus
on November 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm
A statement issued by the Middle East Council of Churches calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as on international stakeholders to ensure that a recent ceasefire for the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region holds.
Pope Benedict XVI's former butler, Paolo Gabriele, dies aged 54
on November 24, 2020 at 3:21 pm
Paolo Gabriele died on Tuesday after a long illness, leaving behind a wife and three children.
WMO alarmed over record CO2 levels in atmosphere
on November 24, 2020 at 3:07 pm
The United Nations agency says that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached a record level last year. The situation continues to worsen this year despite the industrial slowdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Twitter criticized as ‘Burn the clergy’ hashtag trends in Spain
on November 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm
Rome Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- On the same day that Pope Francis approved the beatification of 127 Catholics killed in Spain in hatred of the faith in the 20th century, a hashtag calling for Catholic priests to be burned was trending on Twitter in Spain. Twitter permitted the […]
Swiss Catholic diocese reportedly rejects Pope Francis’ candidates for new bishop
on November 25, 2020 at 4:30 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 09:30 am (CNA).- A Swiss Catholic diocese that elects its own bishop from a shortlist drawn up by the Holy See has rejected all three candidates proposed by Pope Francis, according to local media. The Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reported that the cathedral […]
French bishops press government to review 30-person Mass limit
on November 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm
Rome Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- After a strong reaction by French Catholics to the government’s decision Tuesday night to limit Mass attendance to 30 people per church during Advent, bishops are in negotiations with the government to determine a more “realistic […]
‘We had no idea’: The hidden life of the reputed stigmatist tortured by Stalin’s secret police
on November 25, 2020 at 1:00 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Sr. Wanda Boniszewska led an extraordinary life. The Polish nun was a reputed stigmatist tortured by Stalin’s secret police. Her spiritual journal, published after her death in 2003, recorded her astounding mystical experiences. Her […]
World’s oldest bishop dies in Spain at age 104
on November 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Rome Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Bishop Damián Iguacén Borau died Tuesday at his residence in Huesca in northeastern Spain. He was 104 years old. After the death in June of 104-year-old Chilean Bishop Bernardino Piñera from pneumonia due to COVID-19, […]
Call for abortion clinic buffer zones throughout Scotland
on November 25, 2020 at 2:01 am
CNA Staff, Nov 24, 2020 / 07:01 pm (CNA).- Pro-choice activists are calling on the Scottish government to ban prayer and public discussion of abortion in the vicinity of the country’s abortion clinics. “We think that it’s time that the Scottish Government legitimise buffer zones […]
Benedict XVI’s former 'Vatileaks' butler Paolo Gabriele dies at age 54
on November 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 24, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- The papal butler who was pardoned by Benedict XVI for his role in the “Vatileaks” affair has died at the age of 54. Vatican News announced Nov. 24 that Paolo Gabriele had died after a long illness, leaving a wife and three children. Gabriele […]
Dutch doctors can sedate 'agitated' patients before euthanasia
on November 24, 2020 at 12:00 am
CNA Staff, Nov 23, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Doctors in the Netherlands are now permitted to sedate patients without their knowledge or consent prior to euthanizing them if there is a chance the patient could “become agitated” as a doctor prepares to end their life. The rule change […]
Cardinal Becciu launches second defamation lawsuit since resignation
on November 23, 2020 at 9:00 pm
CNA Staff, Nov 23, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Angelo Becciu is launching a second defamation lawsuit in relation to “offensive” media reports surrounding the events that led to his resignation from the rights of a cardinal, his lawyer told CNA Nov. 23. The latest lawsuit […]
Franciscan friar named cardinal says he is taking a leap into the deep
on November 23, 2020 at 2:05 pm
Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2020 / 07:05 am (CNA).- Franciscan friar Mauro Gambetti was ordained a bishop Sunday afternoon in Assisi less than a week before he will become a cardinal. At 55 years old, Gambetti will be the third youngest member of the College of Cardinals. He said at his episcopal […]