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  • China claims papal critique over Uyghurs has 'no factual basis at all'
    on November 26, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    CNA Staff, Nov 26, 2020 / 10:01 am (CNA).- Following Pope Francis’ mention in passing of the Uyghurs as persecuted in a new book, the Chinese foreign ministry said the claim is groundless. “I think often of persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi -- what ISIS did […]

  • Bishop hopes new Italian missal will help Catholics rediscover beauty of Mass
    on November 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Rome, Italy, Nov 26, 2020 / 08:40 am (CNA).- As the Church in Italy prepares to introduce its new translation of the Roman Missal on Sunday, the bishop in charge of its creation hopes the changes will help Catholics rediscover the beauty of the Mass. After Italy experienced the temporary […]

  • Pro-life student in midwife program receives apology and payout
    on November 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Nov 26, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- A pro-life undergraduate student in a midwife program has received an apology and payout after she faced suspension.  The Daily Telegraph reported Nov. 24 that Julia Rynkiewicz, a  25-year-old Catholic, had reached a settlement with the […]

  • Vatican diplomat: ‘Pursuit of Truth’ necessary for inter-religious dialogue
    on November 26, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Nov 26, 2020 / 05:30 am (CNA).- At an event in Saudi Arabia this week, a Vatican diplomat emphasized the importance of religious freedom and said that “authentic encounter” among religions can take place only in the context of the “pursuit of Truth.” […]

  • Catholic bishops appeal for ‘peaceful solution’ to crisis in Belarus
    on November 26, 2020 at 11:35 am

    CNA Staff, Nov 26, 2020 / 04:35 am (CNA).- The Catholic bishops of Belarus appealed Wednesday for a “peaceful solution” to the crisis that has gripped their country since a disputed presidential election in August. In a Nov. 25 message, issued in Belarusian and Russian, the bishops […]

  • Bishop urges prayer after Diego Maradona's death
    on November 25, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60. Maradona is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, and was recognized by FIFA as one of two Players of the Century. After […]

  • Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution
    on November 25, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the Church in Need International (ACN). “The devastating and unprecedented impact of COVID-19 all […]

  • Kentucky dioceses keep Masses open despite governor's request
    on November 25, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- Kentucky’s four Catholic dioceses will not suspend public Masses despite the governor’s request that religious services be held online only until December 13.  Gov. Andy Beshear (D) requested that houses of worship stop having in-person […]

  • Ransomware attack cripples St. Louis archdiocesan websites
    on November 25, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).-   A ransomware attack crippled the websites of the Archdiocese of St. Louis last week, but data has not been compromised by the attack, the archdiocese told CNA. Several archdiocesan affiliated sites have been taken offline in response to the […]

  • Priest jailed for theft blames Catholic doctrine, also facing sex abuse charges
    on November 25, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Denver Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 12:20 pm (CNA).- A South Dakota priest has been sentenced to almost eight years in federal prison, after he was convicted of 65 felonies related to stealing donations from Catholic parishes. Ordered to pay more than $300,000 in restitution, the priest said he stole […]

  • 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 […]

  • Analysis: Will Gregory’s ‘dialogue’ with Biden undermine USCCB?
    on November 25, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 25, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced in an interview yesterday that he will not deny Holy Communion to Joe Biden, and committed himself to working with the president-elect’s administration. But the soon-to-be cardinal’s pledge […]

  • Arkansas senate passes abortion ban in new challenge to Roe
    on November 25, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    CNA Staff, Nov 25, 2020 / 10:30 am (CNA).- Arkansas lawmakers have introduced a bill to ban nearly all abortions in the state in what lawmakers and pro-life advocates hope will serve as a new challenge to Roe v. Wade. On Nov. 18, State Sen. Jason Rapert (R) and Rep. Mary Bentley (R) introduced […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pope Francis encourages Argentine women opposing legal abortion
    on November 25, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Vatican City, Nov 25, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- Pope Francis has written a note to women in his homeland who asked him to help make known their opposition to a bill to legalize abortion introduced to the legislature by Argentina’s president last week. Eight women signed a Nov. 18 letter to […]

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