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  • Killer of martyred Italian nun: ‘I can have of her only a memory of love’
    on October 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 22, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- The three teenage girls who killed Sr. Maria Laura Mainetti 20 years ago attested afterward that, while they were stabbing the 60-year-old religious sister to death, she told them she forgave them. “The sister cried out. She said she would not […]

  • Vatican and China renew provisional agreement on appointment of bishops
    on October 22, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Vatican City, Oct 22, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- The Vatican and China have renewed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops for two more years, the Holy See announced Thursday. An Oct. 22 Vatican communique said that the Chinese government and Vatican authorities agreed “to extend […]

  • In grim accounting, Canadian report says assisted suicide saves health care money
    on October 22, 2020 at 6:18 am

    CNA Staff, Oct 22, 2020 / 12:18 am (CNA).- A Canadian report has put a dollar figure on legal assisted suicide, claiming that legalization has saved millions of dollars in health care costs—and that a looming expansion of legal assisted suicide, known by backers as “aid in dying,” […]

  • What did Pope Francis say about civil unions? A CNA Explainer
    on October 22, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Denver Newsroom, Oct 21, 2020 / 06:49 pm (CNA).-  “Francesco,” a newly released documentary on the life and ministry of Pope Francis, has made global headlines, because the film contains a scene in which Pope Francis calls for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex […]

  • Los Angeles' Archbishop Gomez denies claim that he plans to vote for Biden
    on October 22, 2020 at 12:01 am

    Denver Newsroom, Oct 21, 2020 / 06:01 pm (CNA).-   Archbishop Jose Gomez has rebuked an online claim that he plans to vote for Joe Biden in the November presidential election, stating that an alleged conversation in which he disclosed his voting plans never actually took place. “In all […]

  • Bishops in Kerala on hunger strike for Catholic education
    on October 21, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 04:42 pm (CNA).- Several bishops in Kerala held a day-long hunger strike Tuesday to protest the state government’s withholding of funds from Catholic schools. The hunger strike was held Oct. 20 in front of the Kerala state secretariat. The prelates participating […]

  • US bishops launch novena for Election Day
    on October 21, 2020 at 9:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- The bishops of the United States are encouraging Catholics to pray a novena to help form their consciences ahead of Election Day on Nov. 3.  “For nine consecutive days, Monday, October 26 through Tuesday, Nov. 3, participants will be […]

  • Report: Vatican investigators provide evidence of payments to Italian ‘security consultant’
    on October 21, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 21, 2020 / 02:00 pm (CNA).- Vatican investigators have evidence that an Italian woman accused of embezzling from the city state was paid by order of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, both while and after he was at the Secretariat of State, according to an Italian news report. Italian news […]

  • Pope Francis gives financial aid to families of shipwreck victims
    on October 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis will be sending financial aid to families whose loved ones went missing when their ship sank in September.  The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development said Oct. 21 that the pope would send […]

  • Diocese in Mexico ordains 34 new priests
    on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 21, 2020 / 11:00 am (CNA).- On World Mission Sunday, October 18, the archbishop of Guadalajara ordained 34 new priests - including 33 diocesan and 1 religious priest - and 11 new deacons. In his homily, Cardinal José Francisco Robles Ortega called the ordinations a […]

  • Polish bishop dies from the coronavirus
    on October 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- A Polish bishop died from COVID-19 Tuesday at the age of 83. Bishop Bogdan Wojtuś died at noon local time Oct. 20, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Gniezno. Wojtuś, a retired auxiliary bishop of Gniezno archdiocese, was […]

  • Serving life: How pro-life pregnancy centers are making a difference
    on October 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 10:00 am (CNA).- A new report aims to measure the impact of pro-life pregnancy centers on women’s health care in the U.S., offering detail on the nearly 2 million women served last year. The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of pro-life group Susan B. […]

  • Archbishop Kondrusiewicz: Reconciliation is crucial in Belarus
    on October 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Vatican City, Oct 21, 2020 / 09:00 am (CNA).- The Church in Belarus has no other task than proclaiming the Gospel. It did so also during the protests that broke out in Belarus following the presidential elections in August, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz said Tuesday in an exclusive interview […]

  • Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance
    on October 21, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    CNA Staff, Oct 21, 2020 / 06:35 am (CNA).-   In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples, departing from the position of the Vatican’s doctrinal office and the pope’s predecessors on the issue. […]

  • Vatican to UN: It is immoral to threaten use of nuclear weapons as deterrence
    on October 21, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Rome Newsroom, Oct 21, 2020 / 06:10 am (CNA).- A Vatican official challenged the security theory of nuclear deterrence as immoral at the United Nations this week and called for “genuine progress” toward complete nuclear disarmament. “Seeking security through arms … only […]

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