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  • Bishops can do more to provide sacraments despite coronavirus fears, open letter claims
    on April 7, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Denver, Colo., Apr 7, 2020 / 05:46 pm (CNA).- In the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, the nationwide shutdown of Catholic churches has halted regular Mass attendance and impeded access to other sacraments for the Catholic faithful. Now, some Catholics have endorsed an open letter asking the […]

  • Supreme Court takes pass on Washington archdiocese bus case
    on April 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the Archdiocese of Washington’s appeal to place religious ads on public transit in Washington, D.C. The denial leaves in place the D.C. Circuit Court’s 2018 ruling against the archdiocese, […]

  • Saving elderly from coronavirus ‘a priority,’ Vatican’s laity dicastery says
    on April 7, 2020 at 8:35 pm

    Vatican City, Apr 7, 2020 / 02:35 pm (CNA).- During the coronavirus pandemic, saving the elderly must be just as important as saving others, the Vatican’s Laity, Family, and Life dicastery has said. In an April 4 statement, the dicastery said “despite the complexity of the situation we […]

  • Arlington diocese offers virtual pilgrimage for Holy Thursday
    on April 7, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- It is a pious Catholic tradition to visit seven altars of repose following Mass on Holy Thursday. With churches closed and strict social distancing in force in many places, one diocese has created a virtual pilgrimage to help Catholics offer their […]

  • Christian leaders united in support of Oklahoma abortion order
    on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Apr 7, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic dioceses in Oklahoma joined other Christian leaders on Monday to ask a federal court to let stand a state order halting elective abortions during the pandemic. “Abortion is not an absolute right,” said a friend-of-the-court brief filed […]

  • Sinn Féin leader in N Ireland calls for at-home medical abortions
    on April 7, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    CNA Staff, Apr 7, 2020 / 11:54 am (CNA).- After laws permitting elective abortion in Northern Ireland came into force last week, the region's deputy First Minister is urging that women there be allowed to perform medical abortions at home. Home administration of medical abortions has been […]

  • ‘Prayer has been the great source of strength to me’: Cardinal Pell looks forward to Easter 
    on April 7, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Washington D.C., Apr 7, 2020 / 08:54 am (CNA).- After more than 14 months in prison, Cardinal George Pell said he was always hopeful about the High Court decision which acquitted him of all charges and released him from incarceration on April 7. Shortly after his release from prison, the cardinal […]

  • UK bishops call for prayers as Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care
    on April 7, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    London, England, Apr 7, 2020 / 08:30 am (CNA).- The Archbishop of Westminster led calls for prayers for Britain’s Prime Minister on Monday after Boris Johnson was admitted to an intensive care unit.  Johnson tested positive for coronavirus 11 days ago and was taken to St. […]

  • Notre Dame Cathedral to broadcast crown of thorns veneration on Good Friday 
    on April 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Paris, France, Apr 7, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- One year after the world watched the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burn, the Archbishop of Paris will display the relic of Christ’s crown of thorns for veneration during a Good Friday broadcast. “When Mary is at the foot of the cross, […]

  • Holy See responds to High Court’s acquittal of Cardinal Pell
    on April 7, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Vatican City, Apr 7, 2020 / 05:15 am (CNA).- The Vatican has welcomed the Australian High Court’s decision to quash Cardinal George Pell’s sexual abuse conviction. A statement from the Holy See press office, issued April 7, said: "The Holy See, which has always expressed […]

  • Pope Francis prays for the unjustly condemned after Pell conviction overturned
    on April 7, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Vatican City, Apr 7, 2020 / 04:24 am (CNA).- Pope Francis prayed at Mass Tuesday for all those who have been persecuted by an unjust sentence, offering the prayer hours after Australia’s High Court overturned a child sex abuse conviction against Cardinal George Pell, releasing him from […]

  • Archbishop Fisher welcomes acquittal of Cardinal Pell
    on April 7, 2020 at 9:00 am

    CNA Staff, Apr 7, 2020 / 03:00 am (CNA).- Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has welcomed the acquittal of Cardinal George Pell by Australia’s High Court. Pell was freed from prison Tuesday after the High Court decided unanimously to overturn his conviction for child sex offenses. Fisher, […]

  • Recovering from coronavirus, Archbishop Aymond says ‘become part of the story’ in Holy Week
    on April 7, 2020 at 7:01 am

    CNA Staff, Apr 7, 2020 / 01:01 am (CNA).- Recovering from coronavirus, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans is encouraging Catholics in a message for Holy Week to “become part of the story.” “My sisters and brothers...we can be assured that this Holy Week will be one like we […]

  • Colombian archbishop removes from ministry 15 priests accused of sexual abuse
    on April 7, 2020 at 6:00 am

    Villavicencio, Colombia, Apr 7, 2020 / 12:00 am (CNA).- The president of the Colombian bishops’ conference, Óscar Urbina, suspended 15 priests of his archdiocese from ministry who have been accused of sexual abuse. Other jurisdictions in the country have removed four other priests. […]

  • Analysis: Freed from prison, will Cardinal Pell now face Vatican trial?
    on April 7, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Washington D.C., Apr 6, 2020 / 10:20 pm (CNA).- The High Court of Australia ordered the acquittal of Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday.  While Pell’s criminal trials in Australia are now at an end, the same accusations which saw him first convicted, then denied appeal, then acquitted, […]

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