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  • Archbishop Ganswein: ‘Our times require courageous and convincing testimonies’
    on May 25, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    CNA Staff, May 25, 2020 / 06:00 am (CNA).- Archbishop Georg Ganswein has spent most of the last two decades standing next to the person with the microphone, in his service as an aide to both Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. But a new book collects the wisdom of Ganswein himself, and […]

  • Pope Francis remembers 25 years of 'Ut unum sint,' John Paul II's letter on ecumenism
    on May 25, 2020 at 11:48 am

    Vatican City, May 25, 2020 / 05:48 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Monday remembered Ut unum sint, St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on ecumenism, on the 25th anniversary of its publication.Ut unum sint “confirmed ‘irrevocably’ the ecumenical commitment of the Catholic […]

  • Want safe church re-openings? Follow CDC guidelines, infectious disease expert says
    on May 24, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    Denver Newsroom, May 24, 2020 / 12:35 pm (CNA).- Timothy Flanigan, M.D., worked to combat the deadly Ebola outbreak of 2014. If someone asks him, “Is it safe for me to go to Mass?” Flanigan has one answer: “Are they following the guidelines the CDC has provided us to decrease the […]

  • Pope Francis entrusts China to the Blessed Virgin Mary
    on May 24, 2020 at 11:45 am

    Vatican City, May 24, 2020 / 05:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis Sunday entrusted China to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and asked people to pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the most populated country in the world. “Dear Catholic brothers and sisters in China, I wish to assure you that […]

  • Warning of global hunger crisis, CRS launches campaign to help
    on May 23, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    CNA Staff, May 23, 2020 / 03:59 pm (CNA).- As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to worsen an already tenuous food situation for millions across the globe, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has announced a campaign to help address global hunger. “Now is the time for us to lead the way forward to […]

  • Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens with restrictions
    on May 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    CNA Staff, May 23, 2020 / 02:04 pm (CNA).- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is reopening this weekend, after being closed in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic. A statement from the Custodians of the Holy Sepulchre announced that the site would be open to pilgrims […]

  • After Minnesota bishops plan to defy Mass restrictions, governor eases rules
    on May 23, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    CNA Staff, May 23, 2020 / 01:46 pm (CNA).- The governor of Minnesota has issued an order allowing for the resumption of limited public worship gatherings, days after the bishops of the state said they would allow public Masses to resume in defiance of previous guidelines. The bishops maintained […]

  • Vatican Museums will reopen June 1 as Italy opens borders to tourists
    on May 23, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Vatican City, May 23, 2020 / 08:35 am (CNA).- The Vatican Museums announced Saturday that it will reopen on June 1, two days before Italy opens its borders to European visitors after nearly three months of lockdown. Entrance to the Vatican Museums will only be possible via prior reservation to […]

  • Pope Francis appoints new archbishop for Taiwan’s capital
    on May 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Vatican City, May 23, 2020 / 07:05 am (CNA).- Pope Francis appointed Saturday Bishop Thomas An-Zu Chung as the next Metropolitan Archbishop of Taipei, Taiwan. Chung, who currently serves as bishop of Chiayi, Taiwan, will replace Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan, who has retired at the age of 76. […]

  • Catholics call for public inquiry into UK nursing home deaths
    on May 23, 2020 at 8:00 am

    CNA Staff, May 23, 2020 / 02:00 am (CNA).- Catholics are calling for a public investigation into why so many elderly people have died in U.K. nursing homes during the coronavirus crisis. More than 20,000 people have died in U.K. care facilities as a result of the pandemic, according to an analysis […]

  • After Trump call to reopen churches, Catholic doctor says it can be done safely
    on May 22, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Denver Newsroom, May 22, 2020 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- While President Donald Trump's May 22 call to reopen churches has become a source of national controversy, a group of Catholic doctors has offered a plan that could expedite that process. “I think that if we just use common sense to compare […]

  • Livestream of Mass with Pope Francis on Chinese social media raises censorship questions
    on May 22, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    Rome Newsroom, May 22, 2020 / 05:34 pm (CNA).- The Vatican revealed this week that Catholics in China were able to use the most popular Chinese state-monitored social media platform, WeChat, to livestream Pope Francis’ daily Mass during the coronavirus pandemic. An expert on Chinese media […]

  • Laudato si': Atlanta archdiocese’s sustainability efforts 5 years on
    on May 22, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    Denver Newsroom, May 22, 2020 / 04:58 pm (CNA).- Susan Varlamoff, a retired biologist and parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, was in 2015 serving as director of the Office of Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia, when she heard that Pope Francis was working on an […]

  • Church fighting Mississippi coronavirus restriction was burned down
    on May 22, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    CNA Staff, May 22, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Authorities are investigating the burning of a Mississippi church as a potential arson. The fire comes less than a month after the church filed suit arguing the city’s stay-at-home order was unconstitutional. First Pentecostal Church of Holly […]

  • Corpus Christi bishop condemns naval base shooting
    on May 22, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 22, 2020 / 02:11 pm (CNA).- Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi offered prayers for a sailor who was injured in a terrorist attack in his diocese on Thursday, and pledged to be a force for peace in the face of evil. Early on May 21, a 20-year-old man named Adam […]

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