A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.
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New Apostolic Nunciature office opens in Armenia
on October 26, 2021 at 3:59 pm
A new office of the Apostolic Nunciature to Armenia opens on Wednesday in the capital, Yerevan. It will not, however, replace the official Apostolic Nunciature in Tbilisi, Georgia, which serves as the Holy See’s diplomatic mission to Georgia and Armenia
Pope encourages Order of Malta in its process of renewal
on October 26, 2021 at 3:41 pm
One year from the appointment of Cardinal Silvano Tomasi as his Special Delegate to the Sovereign Order of Malta, Pope Francis has granted him new powers and confirmed his absolute trust in the Cardinal in his endeavor to “ensure a spiritual and moral renewal of the Order takes place.”
Faith leaders urge action for climate justice ahead of COP26
on October 26, 2021 at 2:52 pm
Religious leaders from the five continents have signed a petition, titled “Sacred People, Sacred Heart”, urging a joint response to the climate and COVID-19 crisis.
Indian archbishop questions Karnataka state Anti-Conversion Bill
on October 26, 2021 at 2:04 pm
Southern India’s Karnataka state government is considering an Anti-Conversion Bill, and its Backward Classes and Minorities Department has ordered a survey into the activities and institutions of the state’s Christian community. Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore has taken a strong exception to the measures.
Sudan: protesters dare the military after coup
on October 26, 2021 at 12:42 pm
The Prime Minister of Sudan and his cabinet members are held in an unknown location while life has come to a halt in the country’s main cities. This follows a military coup on Monday in which at least seven people died in clashes between the army and protesters.
Sister Narváez says faith helped her survive captivity in Mali
on October 26, 2021 at 11:27 am
Following her release in Mali, on October 9, the Colombian missionary tells Vatican News about her captivity and how she felt supported by faith and prayer.
Caritas Internationalis: Always on the side of the poor and the most vulnerable
on October 26, 2021 at 8:30 am
On December 12, Caritas Internationalis will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Its General Secretary Aloysius John talks to the Vatican media about the importance of this anniversary and the most urgent challenges for the Caritas Confederation at the time of the pandemic.
The earth’s suffering reflects the cry of the poor, everyone’s cry
on October 26, 2021 at 7:09 am
Climatologist Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan says that the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor has now become everyone’s cry since the effects of global warming have unleashed the ‘destruction of the world’s weather systems.’
Cardinal Sandri starts a nine-day visit to Syria
on October 25, 2021 at 7:59 pm
The Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches will leave for Syria today to express Pope Francis’ closeness to Catholic communities and bishops in the conflict-ridden country.
Myanmar Catholics urged to speak out for their country
on October 25, 2021 at 6:44 pm
On Mission Sunday, Cardinal Charles Bo, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Myanmar, called on the faithful to speak up in these challenging times for their country, saying the Church always holds the light of hope amidst all darkness.
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‘They’re not going to succeed’: Pro-life societies stand firm in face of opposition on England’s campuses
on October 26, 2021 at 2:10 pm
Anna Fleischer, president of Oxford Students for Life, at Oxford University’s Student Union’s Freshers’ Fair, Oct. 6, 2021. / Courtesy of @OSFLife Twitter account. Oxford, England, Oct 26, 2021 / 08:10 am (CNA). There is no better time for Oxford University’s 400 clubs and […]
UK lawmakers formally propose ‘Amess amendment’ on last rites to bill
on October 26, 2021 at 10:30 am
Official portrait of Sir David Amess. / Richard Townshend via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0). London, England, Oct 26, 2021 / 04:30 am (CNA). U.K. lawmakers have formally proposed an “Amess amendment” to a bill going through Parliament seeking to guarantee that Catholic priests can administer […]
Pro-life advocates mustn't lose hope and joy amid struggles, English bishop says
on October 26, 2021 at 12:19 am
Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury preaches at St. Columba's Church in Chester, Feb. 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury. / null Norwich, England, Oct 25, 2021 / 18:19 pm (CNA). There will be many pro-life battles this century, but foes of abortion, assisted suicide, and other […]
Beatification of 127 Spanish Civil War martyrs in Córdoba shows 'profound spiritual wealth'
on October 25, 2021 at 11:06 pm
The beatification Mass of Fr. Juan Elías Medina and 126 companions in the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba in Córdoba, Spain, Oct. 16, 2021. / Diocese of Córdoba. Cordoba, Spain, Oct 25, 2021 / 17:06 pm (CNA). Fr. Juan Elías Medina and 126 companions, who were […]
Alta Fixsler dies in hospice
on October 23, 2021 at 7:36 pm
Alta Fixsler / EWTN News In Depth / Family Photo Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 23, 2021 / 13:36 pm (CNA). Alta Fixsler, the two-year-old British girl whose parents fought to keep on life support, died October 18 after her life support was withdrawn. “Sad news, little Alta […]
English assisted suicide bill not put to vote in House of Lords
on October 22, 2021 at 9:00 pm
Credit: Photographee.eu / Shutterstock. London, England, Oct 22, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA). After seven hours of debate and notable opposition in the House of Lords on Friday, the sponsor of a bill that would legalize assisted suicide in England and Wales chose not to take the bill to a vote.“It […]
Adults from Afghanistan, Iran, prepare to be baptized as Catholics in Vienna
on October 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm
A baptismal font in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. / Bwag via Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Vienna, Austria, Oct 22, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Eleven people from Afghanistan are among the 27 adults who will soon be baptized as Catholics in Austria’s Vienna archdiocese.Cardinal […]
John Paul II’s mom chose life after her doctor advised an abortion
on October 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Karol Wojtyla with his parents. Photo courtesy of the Dicoese of Krakow. / null Rome Newsroom, Oct 22, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA). Over 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 […]
Catholic, Anglican, and Jewish leaders urge UK Parliament to reject assisted suicide bill
on October 22, 2021 at 12:35 pm
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis attend a vigil in London, England, March 24, 2017. / AFP via Getty Images. London, England, Oct 22, 2021 / 06:35 am (CNA). Catholic, Anglican, and Jewish leaders have issued a joint appeal to U.K. […]
Could St. John Paul II be declared a Doctor of the Church?
on October 22, 2021 at 8:00 am
Pope John Paul II in 1996. / Vatican Media Warsaw, Poland, Oct 22, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA). Could St. John Paul II, whose feast day is celebrated on Oct. 22, one day be declared a Doctor of the Church?That is the hope of the Polish bishops’ conference, which called in 2019 for the Polish pope […]