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  • Polish bishops intervene in debate over European treaty on violence against women
    on September 18, 2020 at 9:30 am

    CNA Staff, Sep 18, 2020 / 03:30 am (CNA).- Poland’s bishops have intervened in a debate over whether their country should withdraw from a European treaty on preventing violence against women.  In a statement issued Sept. 17, the bishops reiterated their opposition to the Istanbul […]

  • Young Catholic who greeted Benedict XVI in Britain becomes a priest
    on September 18, 2020 at 7:00 am

    CNA Staff, Sep 18, 2020 / 01:00 am (CNA).- Paschal Uche woke up early on the morning of Sept. 18, 2010, a day that would change his life. He needed to set off in good time in order to pass through security at the event he was attending in central London. The 21-year-old hopped on the Tube near his […]

  • Spanish cardinal: Passage of euthanasia bill would be 'historic defeat' for society
    on September 18, 2020 at 6:00 am

    CNA Staff, Sep 18, 2020 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Valencia said Sunday that if Spain’s euthanasia and assisted suicide bill is passed, it would be a "major and historic defeat for all of Spain, for Spanish society." “It is a defeat also for humanity, for man himself, for the […]

  • Italian bishops' conference newspaper defends Netflix's 'Cuties'
    on September 18, 2020 at 1:25 am

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 07:25 pm (CNA).- According to L'Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, those who have criticized the controversial French movie "Cuties," released by Netflix last week "have not seen it or have really limited themselves to the poster. […]

  • Amarillo diocese disavows Fr. Frank Pavone statements, requests prayer
    on September 17, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 05:15 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Amarillo has spoken out about election-related comments from Fr. Frank Pavone, the national director of the pro-life group Priests for Life, and asked prayers for the priest.In a Sept. 16 statement, the diocese noted that Pavone, in videos […]

  • Why priests don't endorse candidates: Experts respond to FEC chair
    on September 17, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 05:00 pm (CNA).-   In an interview Wednesday, the chairman of the Federal Election Commission accused Catholic bishops of “hiding” behind the Church’s tax exempt status instead of backing political candidates, and said that priests […]

  • El Paso cathedral vandal charged with criminal mischief
    on September 17, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 04:01 pm (CNA).- A man has been charged after he decapitated a statue of Christ in El Paso, while the NYPD is looking for a man who threw a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe into the sidewalk outside a church in Brooklyn. Isaiah Cantrell, 30, has been […]

  • San Francisco archbishop: Worshipers should be treated equally during the pandemic
    on September 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 03:25 pm (CNA).- The archbishop of San Francisco penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week citing the First Amendment as he called for city officials to relax the current restrictions on public worship, which are some of the strictest in the country. Rather than […]

  • Analysis: How a papal handshake became an ‘extraordinary turning point’ for LGBT activists 
    on September 17, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    Denver Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- L'Avvenire, the official newspaper of the Italian bishops’ conference, reported yesterday that Pope Francis "at the end of an audience" greeted a group of some 40 people, some of whom identify as LGBT, along with their parents. The pope told […]

  • Analysis: China and the Vatican - What if the US recognizes Taiwan?
    on September 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 12:45 pm (CNA).- Officials in Rome and Beijing are now confidently predicting an extension to the 2018 Vatican-China deal, despite continued persecution of Catholics in the country and little visible progress on the appointment of bishops.  The […]

  • Irish priest refuses submission to Vatican's doctrinal propositions
    on September 17, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    CNA Staff, Sep 17, 2020 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- Fr. Tony Flannery, a Redemptorist priest from Ireland who was barred from public ministry by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has declined to submit to four doctrinal propositions as a condition of returning to ministry. “Fr Flannery […]

  • 'Expedited' investigation ordered over ICE detainee hysterectomies
    on September 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 11:30 am (CNA).- This story has been updated. The acting director of U.S. immigration services has ordered an expedited investigation into allegations that hysterectomies were performed on immigrant women in federal custody without their full […]

  • ‘I will die with them and for them’: Franciscan friar who survived Syrian War dies of COVID-19
    on September 17, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied that he would remain with the people “to die with them and for them.” Now, having survived the worst of the violence of the war, […]

  • Pope Francis' new prayer card features grandmother and grandchild from Romania
    on September 17, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2020 / 09:32 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ newest prayer card, which he hands out to the people he meets, features a grandmother and grandchild from his trip to Romania in early summer 2019. Pope Francis was moved by the smile of a woman he saw among the crowds from his […]

  • Pope Francis thanks sick and elderly priests for proclaiming Gospel of life
    on September 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Vatican City, Sep 17, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis thanked sick and elderly priests for their quiet witness to the Gospel Thursday in a message that conveyed the sanctifying value of frailty and suffering.  “It is especially to you, dear confreres, who experience old age or the […]

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