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

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Vatican News

  • Poland Grants Asylum To Belarus Olympic Sprinter
    on August 2, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Poland says it has granted a humanitarian visa to a sprinter from Belarus who refused her team's order to fly home early from the Olympics. The offer is expected to lead to asylum in the European Union nation amid growing political and social turmoil in Belarus.

  • Attacks on churches continue in Canada
    on August 2, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    In the past several months, dozens of churches throughout Canada have been the objects of attacks ranging from vandalism to arson, with at least ten churches being completely destroyed by deliberately set fires.

  • Pope to youth in Medjugorje: follow Christ with courage and joy
    on August 2, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Pope Francis sends a message to young people gathered at Mladifest, the annual international prayer meeting being held from 1-6 August in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Entrusting them to the example of Mary, the Pope invites them to believe in the fullness and true happiness giving oneself to God brings.

  • Myanmar: Catholic priest, catechist abducted by armed group
    on August 2, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    The Bishop of Hakha on Sunday called for their immediate release.

  • Pope appoints new member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
    on August 2, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Professor Donna Theo Strickland, 2018 Nobel prize laureate and professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, joins other academicians as a new member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

  • US Bishops applaud government support for Afghan helpers
    on August 2, 2021 at 9:34 am

    Bishops in the US welcome government efforts to evacuate and save Afghan nationals who helped US troops during the two decades of US military campaign in Afghanistan. They insist that the sacrifices that these people have made "should not go unacknowledged."

  • Zambian president deploys army as pre electoral violence escalates.
    on August 2, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Zambian President Edgar Chagwa Lungu Sunday ordered the deployment of the military in cities as pre electoral violence escalated ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections due on 12 August.

  • Albania repatriates Islamic State women, children despite controversy
    on August 1, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    A group of women and children who were the families of Albanian nationals who joined Islamic extremist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq have returned to their homeland. Their arrival Sunday comes amid a debate in several other countries in Europe on what to do with fighters and supporters of groups such as the Islamic State.

  • Caritas Oceania: united by faith and the ocean
    on July 31, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    The urgent need to care for the environment, in particular the ocean, coping with Covid and nurturing the faith were top priorities at the just concluded Caritas Oceania Annual Forum.

  • African Church leaders appeal for unity to overcome challenges
    on July 31, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    African Church leaders appeal for unity and communion in Christ who helps overcome all divisions in order to confront the many challenges facing the continent and our world.

Catholic News Agency

  • Spanish Supreme Court rules divorced-and-remarried religion teacher must be reinstated 
    on August 2, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Wuttichai jantarak/Shutterstock Madrid, Spain, Aug 2, 2021 / 16:23 pm (CNA). Spain’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a religion teacher whose declaration of suitability to teach religion was withdrawn by the Archdiocese of Valladolid because her life “was not in accordance with the […]

  • Irish Catholic dioceses to go ahead with First Communions, confirmations after government advises delay
    on July 31, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Bishop Kevin Doran. / Courtesy of the Diocese of Elphin. Dublin, Ireland, Jul 31, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA). A number of Irish Catholic dioceses have said that they will proceed with First Communions and confirmations after the government advised them to delay the ceremonies.The bishops of Elphin, […]

  • Irish Catholic bishop prays for road users’ protection ahead of August long weekend
    on July 30, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    An aerial view of the M7 motorway and N18 national road junction on the outskirts of Limerick, Ireland. / Diarmuid Greene via Shutterstock. Ennis, Ireland, Jul 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). A Catholic bishop said on Friday that he would be praying for road users’ protection ahead of […]

  • Catholic bishops in Poland express solidarity with Polish community after Glasgow church fire
    on July 30, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish Catholic bishops’ conference. / episkopat.pl. Warsaw, Poland, Jul 30, 2021 / 07:40 am (CNA). Catholic bishops on Thursday expressed solidarity with the Polish community in Scotland after fire destroyed a church with strong […]

  • Vatican unveils official image of 2022 World Meeting of Families
    on July 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik, S.J., with the official image of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome. / Screenshot from Diocesi di Roma YouTube channel. Rome, Italy, Jul 28, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). The Vatican unveiled Thursday the official image of the 2022 World Meeting of Families in Rome.The […]

  • Irish Jesuits apologize for ‘shameful’ mishandling of abuse case
    on July 28, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    Belvedere College, Dublin / Pjposullivan via Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0) Denver Newsroom, Jul 28, 2021 / 10:07 am (CNA). Following the leak of the Irish Jesuits’ draft inquiry into sexual abuse committed by a deceased member, the order on Monday acknowledged its “shameful” mishandling […]

  • Catholic bishops: New N Ireland abortion intervention is ‘gravely disquieting’
    on July 28, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Ray Dumas via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0). Belfast, Northern Ireland, Jul 28, 2021 / 06:35 am (CNA). Catholic bishops said on Tuesday that the British government’s direction to make abortion services available in Northern Ireland by March 2022 is “gravely disquieting.”In a statement […]

  • Fire engulfs 163-year-old Catholic church in Scotland
    on July 28, 2021 at 10:05 am

    St. Simon’s, Partick, in Glasgow, Scotland. / Lirazelf via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 28, 2021 / 04:05 am (CNA). More than 30 firefighters tackled a devastating fire at a Catholic church in Glasgow, Scotland, in the early hours of Wednesday. One person was rescued after […]

  • Catholic priest attacked with glass bottle while praying at cathedral in Scotland
    on July 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. / Gastao at English Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0). Edinburgh, Scotland, Jul 27, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA). A Catholic priest escaped without injury on Monday after he was attacked by a man wielding a glass bottle as he prayed at a cathedral in […]

  • Dutch Catholic bishop: Traditionis custodes appears to be a ‘declaration of war’
    on July 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Bishop Rob Mutsaerts, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of ’s-Hertogenbosch, in the Netherlands. / Danny Gerrits - wikiportret.nl via Wikimedia (CC-BY-SA 4.0). ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, Jul 27, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA). A Dutch Catholic bishop has launched a strongly worded attack on […]