A brief round up of the latest news from around the Catholic world.
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UNICEF says Covid-19 hitting children hard in South Asia
on May 5, 2021 at 2:47 pm
The UN’s children fund says the first wave of Covid-19 cost the lives of 228,000 children and 11,000 mothers in the region.
Archbishop of Tuam welcomes inclusion of Knock Shrine in prayer marathon
on May 5, 2021 at 2:08 pm
The Archbishop of Tuam in Ireland, Michael Neary, welcomes Pope Francis’ invitation to the International Shrine at Knock to join in May’s marathon prayer initiative for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Timor-Leste Church helps rebuild homes after floods
on May 5, 2021 at 12:14 pm
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of Timor has joined the government’s rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts following the destruction caused by cyclonic rains a month ago.
US Bishops welcome revised refugee admission cap
on May 5, 2021 at 12:10 pm
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcomed the Biden administration's decision to raise the refugee admission cap from 15,000 to 62,500 during the fiscal year.
Pontifical Mission Societies gear up for 200th anniversary celebrations
on May 5, 2021 at 9:27 am
The Pontifical Mission Societies begin preparations to mark the 200th anniversary of their foundation, which takes place on 3 May 2022.
Pope at Audience: Contemplative prayer ‘a guide along path of love’
on May 5, 2021 at 7:34 am
At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis focuses his catechesis on contemplative prayer, and says contemplation helps guide us in following Jesus along the path of love.
India: Ranchi Church offers free lunch to relatives of Covid-19 patients
on May 4, 2021 at 4:04 pm
The Catholic Church in Ranchi has tried reaching out to those hit by the pandemic and its adverse effect on the economy.
Shrines around the world link up for recitation of the Rosary
on May 4, 2021 at 3:57 pm
Join the daily live broadcast of the recitation of the Holy Rosary in link-ups with Marian shrines around the world, as part of the May marathon of prayer called by Pope Francis.
Covid-19: India passes 20 million cases amid oxygen shortage
on May 4, 2021 at 3:51 pm
Coronavirus cases in India surge past the 20 million mark, while hospitals continue to face a shortage in oxygen supplies.
Archbishop Neary leads virtual pilgrimage to Ireland's Knock Shrine
on May 4, 2021 at 3:13 pm
As the Irish Archdiocese of Tuam celebrates its Diocesan pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Archbishop Michael Neary recalls the importance of community in the life of every Christian.
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Stolen 14th-century reliquary found in police raid of art collector’s home in Sicily
on May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm
The San Galgano reliquary, stolen in 1989. / Courtesy of the Carabinieri Tutela Patrimonio Culturale in Palermo. Rome, Italy, May 5, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). On the night of July 10, 1989, four men crawled through a window of the Montarioso Catholic Seminary museum, bypassed an armored door through […]
Court to hear challenge to UK’s Down syndrome abortion law in July
on May 4, 2021 at 11:00 pm
The Royal Courts of Justice, which houses the High Court and Court of Appeal of England and Wales. / Willy Barton / Shutterstock London, England, May 4, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA). The High Court in London will hear a landmark case in July challenging the U.K. government over a law allowing abortion up […]
Church fire in Northern France reportedly contained
on May 4, 2021 at 9:53 pm
Firefighters respond to the fire at Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul church, in Lille, France / Sapeurs-Pompiers du Nord SDIS 59 Washington D.C., May 4, 2021 / 15:53 pm (CNA). A fire broke out on Monday evening at Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul Catholic church, in Lille, France, and has reportedly been […]
EU to showcase the European history of Rome’s Catholic churches
on May 4, 2021 at 8:00 pm
The interior of the Church of St. Louis of the French (San Luigi dei Francesi) in Rome, Italy / Livioandronico2013 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0). Rome Newsroom, May 4, 2021 / 14:00 pm (CNA). The European Union is organizing weekly walks in May and June to visit 26 of Rome’s churches with […]
Why France is losing one religious building every two weeks
on May 4, 2021 at 7:00 pm
The nave of Saint-Ouen Abbey in Rouen, Normandy, France. / Jorge Láscar via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0). Rome Newsroom, May 4, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). One religious building is disappearing in France every two weeks. That is the conclusion of Edouard de Lamaze, president of the Observatoire du […]
Cardinal Ruini sees ‘risk of schism’ in Germany after Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings
on May 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Cardinal Camillo Ruini answers questions at the Vatican press office on June 17, 2014. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Rome Newsroom, May 4, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA). Italian Cardinal Camillo Ruini has said that he is praying there will be no schism in Germany, as priests and bishops in the […]
Blessed Carlo Acutis’ 30th birthday celebrated by parishes across world
on May 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Venerable Carlo Acutis. / carloacutis.com. Rome, Italy, May 3, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA). Catholic parishes across Italy and as far away as the Philippines celebrated what would have been the 30th birthday of Blessed Carlo Acutis on Monday.Acutis, who was born on May 3, 1991, became the first […]
Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples
on May 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe views the reliquary with the blood of St. Januarius in 2009. / Paola Migni via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) CNA Staff, May 3, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA). The blood of St. Januarius, patron of the southern Italian city of Naples, liquefied on Sunday.Naples archdiocese announced that the […]
Major archbishop: ‘Ukraine is expecting the Holy Father to visit’
on May 3, 2021 at 9:35 am
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. / Aid to the Church in Need. CNA Staff, May 3, 2021 / 03:35 am (CNA). The people of Ukraine are expecting a papal visit, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in an interview.Major Archbishop […]
‘Rosary bishop’ says Pope Francis’ May prayer marathon feels like ‘divine confirmation’
on May 1, 2021 at 9:00 am
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley. / YouTube screenshot. CNA Staff, May 1, 2021 / 03:00 am (CNA). A Catholic bishop known for his energetic promotion of the rosary has said that Pope Francis’ announcement of a global prayer marathon, starting Saturday, felt like a “divine […]