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Europe:     Report: Vatican considering sale of London property at heart of financial scandal

A view of St. Peter's Basilica and Vatican flag - / Bohumil Petrik

Rome Newsroom, Apr 20, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).

Vatican sources reportedly say that the property is valued at about $369.1 million


Europe:     All-Ireland Primate to health minister: priests’ pastoral work should be deemed essential, not criminalized
Archbishop Eamon Martin. Credit: Northern Ireland Office (CC BY 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 20, 2021 / 06:00 am (CNA).

Archbishop Eamon Martin made the comment in a meeting with Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly


US:     Pro-life advocates: Planned Parenthood can’t just wish away Margaret Sanger’s racism, eugenics
Statue of Margaret Sanger at the Old South Meeting House museum in Boston / Page Light Studios/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).

After the head of Planned Parenthood promised to “reckon with” founder Margaret Sanger’s connections to racism and eugenics, pro-life advocates said the organization is still part of the problem.


Europe:     Africa seeing ‘dramatic increase in jihadist groups,’ says global religious freedom report
A funeral Mass in Nigeria. / Aid to the Church in Need.

Rome Newsroom, Apr 20, 2021 / 04:20 am (CNA).

Aid to the Church in Need says groups have spread ‘within an alarmingly short timeframe’


US:     Report: China committing 'crimes against humanity' in Xinjiang

Washington D.C., Apr 20, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

An international human rights organization has declared that China’s actions in the province of Xinjiang amount to crimes against humanity. 


US:     Chicago case highlights religious orders that have not published lists of credibly accused clergy
Credit: Unsplash.

Chicago, Ill., Apr 19, 2021 / 20:01 pm (CNA).

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not released lists of members credibly accused of sexual abuse.


Vatican:     Pope Francis may soon appoint Cardinal Sarah's successor
Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, at the Vatican, Feb. 10, 2015. / Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2021 / 19:19 pm (CNA).

The appointment of Robert Cardinal Sarah’s successor as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments may take place before the feast of the Ascension, multiple sources confirmed to CNA in Rome.


US:     Allentown bishop proclaims Year of the Real Presence
Eucharistic Adoration. / Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 18:25 pm (CNA).

The bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania has proclaimed a jubilee year to promote a greater dedication to the Holy Eucharist.  


Europe:     Bishop urges prayer, fasting in response to blessings of same-sex couples in Germany
Sara Valenti/Shutterstock

San Sebastian, Spain, Apr 19, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).

In response to a planned day of blessings for same-sex partners in Germany, the Bishop of San Sebastián on Wednesday called on Catholics to join in prayer for the Church in Germany to be faithful to the Magisterium and not to fall into rebellion. 


US:     Ethicists urge caution after creation of monkey embryos containing human cells
A human-monkey chimeric blastocyst. Credit: Weizhi Ji/Kunming University of Science and Technology.

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 19, 2021 / 16:03 pm (CNA).

Catholic scientists and ethicists have warned of the potential for a slippery slope in response to reports that scientists had successfully created a “chimeric embryo” that was part macaque monkey and part human. 


Middle East - Africa:     Mozambique’s bishops lament Islamist violence in Palma
A woman stands in a burned out area after an extremist attack on the village of Aldeia da Paz, Mozambique, Aug. 24, 2019. / AFP via Getty Images.

Maputo, Mozambique, Apr 19, 2021 / 16:01 pm (CNA).

The Catholic bishops of Mozambique on Friday condemned the attack by Islamist militant insurgents on Palma, a city in Cabo Delgado province.


US:     U.S. bishops ‘disappointed’ at White House keeping current refugee limit
Syrian refugee family / Jazzmany/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA).

After the Biden administration announced it would not increase the record-low cap on refugee admissions until May, the U.S. bishops expressed disappointment on Monday.


US:     Is ‘The Chosen’ series about Jesus Christ a cultural moment worth watching?
The Chosen. / Press image.

CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 14:12 pm (CNA).

The Easter Sunday season two premiere of The Chosen, an evangelical Christian-produced internet series dramatizing the life of Jesus and his disciples, could have significant influence on religion and culture, a veteran religion journalist has said.


Europe:     Polish Catholic bishop: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising anniversary is ‘an appeal to love one’s neighbor’
The Umschlagplatz Monument in Warsaw, Poland, where more than 300,000 Jews were transported from the Warsaw Ghetto to Nazi death camps. / Sr. Amata CSFN

CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

The uprising -- the largest single Jewish revolt of World War II -- was launched 78 years ago


Europe:     Major Archbishop: Ukrainians living in ‘psychological terror’ as Russian troops gather at border
His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk. / ACI Group

Rome Newsroom, Apr 19, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

‘On behalf of the Ukrainian people, I ask you to pray for peace,’ says Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church leader


US:     U.S. bishops commemorate 'horrific tragedy' of Armenian genocide
Armenian orphans being deported from Turkey. Ca. 1920. / Everett Collection/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 19, 2021 / 11:15 am (CNA).

The U.S. bishops’ conference issued a statement on Monday recognizing the upcoming anniversary of the Armenian genocide.


Europe:     All-Ireland Primate criticizes ‘draconian’ new regulations on public worship
Archbishop Eamon Martin. / Northern Ireland Executive CC BY ND 2.0.

CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 07:15 am (CNA).

A senior Catholic archbishop has accused the Irish government of introducing “draconian” new regulations on public worship “in a clandestine manner.”


Vatican:     Vatican sign language project brings Pope Francis’ words to all
ASL interpretation of Pope Francis’ Sunday Regina Coeli address on April 18, 2021. / YouTube screenshot.

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2021 / 05:15 am (CNA).

Pope Francis’ Wednesday and Sunday speeches to the public will now be accessible in American Sign Language


Europe:     Croatia offers scholarships to young persecuted Christians
The Croatian flag flying in Dubrovnik, southern Croatia. / Christine Zenino via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

The Croatian government is offering college scholarships to young Christians at risk of persecution


US:     Society of Catholic Scientists prepares for conference on non-human intelligence
John Williams RUS via Shutterstock.

Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA).

The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) will hold its 2021 conference in Washington D.C. on the subject of non-human intelligence. 


Vatican:     Pope Francis applauds beatification of monks who died protecting the Eucharist
Pope Francis waves from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Feb. 7, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).

In his Regina Coeli address Sunday, Pope Francis applauded the beatification of six Cistercian monks who were martyred while trying to protect the Eucharist from French soldiers in 1799.


Vatican:     Pope Francis prays for peace as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk with Pope Francis in 2020. / Secretariat of Major Archbishop Shevchuk.

Vatican City, Apr 18, 2021 / 06:05 am (CNA).

“I follow with great concern the events in some areas of eastern Ukraine, where violations of the ceasefire have multiplied in recent months, and I observe with great concern the increase in military activities,” Pope Francis said April 18.


US:     Chicago's Running Nun talks about faith and sport
Sister Stephanie Baliga of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago runs a marathon on a treadmill in 2020. / Courtesy: Sister Stephanie Baliga.

Denver Newsroom, Apr 18, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA).

Through the Chicago marathon, Sister Stephanie Baliga and her team have raised more than $1.1M for her community's outreach to the poor on the west side of Chicago. She talks with CNA about the intersection of running and her Catholic faith.


US:     Pro-abortion billboard campaign in Kentucky draws pro-life response
Tatiana Vdb via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Louisville, Ky., Apr 17, 2021 / 17:03 pm (CNA).

“The Catholic Church has a deep and cherished commitment to give voice to the child in the womb and to support mothers in choosing life for their unborn children.”


Americas:     Pro-abortion constitutional reform in Mexico paused
Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador. / Octavio Hoyos / Shutterstock.

Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 17, 2021 / 06:01 am (CNA).

The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology.


US:     Three-time Olympian shares her conversion story
Dominique Dawes. / Credit: Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy.

Denver Newsroom, Apr 17, 2021 / 02:00 am (CNA).

Three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes talks about her conversion to the Catholic faith, and how God has been at work in her life and in her gymnastics career.


US:     White House says it will increase refugee cap in May
Orhan Cam/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

President Joe Biden will increase the refugee admissions limit by May 15 - after reports that he would keep the refugee cap at its record-low level for this fiscal year. 


US:     NIH reverses restrictions on fetal tissue research

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 15:15 pm (CNA).

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Friday announced it will not require ethics boards to review federally-funded research proposals using fetal tissue of aborted babies.  


US:     Former Cincinnati auxiliary bishop’s role with Catholic school undetermined, as parents express concerns
Cincinnati auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer. / Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Cincinnati, Ohio, Apr 16, 2021 / 14:11 pm (CNA).

Parents at St. John the Baptist School in Hamilton County, Ohio expressed concern this week about former Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer, who resigned and apologized last year after failing to report concerns about a priest to the archbishop, being assigned to pastor two churches associated with the school. 


US:     NGO praises Mastercard for trying to curb illegal pornography

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 12:06 pm (CNA).

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation praised the credit card association Mastercard for implementing new policies to curb illegal pornography.


Vatican:     Vatican official: Pope to advance sainthood cause of EU 'founding father' Robert Schuman
Robert Schuman in August 1949. Credit: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-19000-2453 (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 11:01 am (CNA).

Pope Francis could declare venerable the French statesman Robert Schuman, a key “founding father” of the European Union, a Vatican official has said.


US:     USCCB: Permitting mail-order abortion pills places women’s health ‘in serious jeopardy’

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 10:33 am (CNA).

The pro-life chair of the U.S. bishops’ conference on Friday warned that loosening federal regulations of the abortion pill places women’s health “in serious jeopardy.”


Vatican:     Benedict XVI turns 94 years old
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. / Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 10:13 am (CNA).

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born 94 years ago today in the town of Marktl, Bavaria. More than eight years after he announced his retirement from the papacy in 2013, Benedict continues to live a retired life in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery on Vatican grounds.


US:     Indianapolis archbishop offers prayers in response to local mass shooting
Archdiocese of Indianapolis

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 09:46 am (CNA).

The Archbishop of Indianapolis on Friday offered prayers and called on Catholics to work to end gun violence, after a deadly mass shooting at a local FedEx facility the night before.


Vatican:     Vatican statement on Ramadan: 'Christians and Muslims are called to be bearers of hope'
Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue in Aug. 2019 / Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2021 / 09:30 am (CNA).

The Vatican’s interreligious dialogue council released a statement Friday sending “fraternal good wishes” to Muslims for the month of Ramadan.


Vatican:     Christian anthropology can renew the West, Vatican foreign minister says
Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican secretary for relations with states. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Rome Newsroom, Apr 16, 2021 / 05:38 am (CNA).

"I retain an optimism that leads me to believe that with due commitment we can rise again," Archbishop Paul Gallagher said.


US:     More states pass bills aimed at protecting women’s sports

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).

State legislatures of West Virginia and Kansas recently passed bills restricting participation in women’s sports to one’s biological sex and not gender identity.


Europe:     St. Faustina relic given to Catholic basilica hit by Croatia earthquake
Relics of St. Faustina and Blessed Michał Sopoćko at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in Sisak, Croatia. / Diocese of Sisak

Rome Newsroom, Apr 16, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).

A Catholic basilica in one of the towns most-damaged by an earthquake in Croatia last December recently received a relic of St. Faustina Kowalska.


US:     Why Maine Catholics, unable to meet in person, aren't sheepish about their faith
Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Washington D.C., Apr 16, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

With the Maine Catholic Youth Meeting taking place virtually for the second year in a row, the Diocese of Portland is trying something new to engage young Catholics - a healthy dose of sheep puns. 


US:     Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood
Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105. / Catholic Charities/Jeffrey Bruno (CC BY 2.0).

Boston, Mass., Apr 16, 2021 / 02:18 am (CNA).

This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, designed to bring vocational guidance to a COVID-19 online world.


US:     How a Catholic family of 16 lives debt-free
Catholic family of 16 are debt free. / Sam and Rob Fatzinger / EWTN Pro-Life Weekly

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 18:30 pm (CNA).

Five years ago, a Catholic family of 16 made international news for sending their children to college without any debt – and now the parents are offering their financial advice in a book.


US:     Charleston diocese sues South Carolina for barring Covid-relief funds from private schools
Catholic school students. CNA file photo.

Charleston, S.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 18:01 pm (CNA).

The Diocese of Charleston filed a suit against South Carolina on Wednesday challenging the state’s “Blaine Amendment”, which prohibits public funds from going to private schools.


US:     Father Kapaun's remains to return to Kansas, family says
Father Emil Kapaun celebrates Mass using the hood of a Jeep as his altar on Oct. 7, 1950. / Public Domain

Wichita, Kan., Apr 15, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).

The remains of Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun, army chaplain and hero of the Korean War, will return to Kansas after his body was identified last month in Hawaii, 70 years after his death.


Americas:     Relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis to make tour of schools in Argentina
Carlo Acutis. / carloacutis.com

ACI Prensa Staff, Apr 15, 2021 / 16:22 pm (CNA).

A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis will be displayed for veneration April 18 at a school in Córdoba, Argentina, marking the start of a tour of schools in the country, with the goal of making the “cyber-apostle of the Eucharist” better known.


Europe:     Pope Francis: Meeting Christ in the poor renews our missionary vigor
Pope Francis speaks from the Apostolic Palace during his general audience livestream April 14, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2021 / 15:18 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis said Thursday that the poverty and exclusion from the job market caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made the work of Catholic groups that assist poor communities even more urgent.


US:     Under financial pressure, Rockville Centre diocese sells pastoral center, closes several schools
St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, New York. Credit: Nassau Crew via Wikimedia (CC0 1.0)

Rockville Centre, N.Y., Apr 15, 2021 / 14:01 pm (CNA).

In the wake of bankruptcy filings, the Diocese of Rockville Centre in March announced the sale of its $5.2 million pastoral center to help pay creditors. It also announced the closure of three more grammar schools on Long Island, noting additional financial troubles from the coronavirus pandemic.


US:     ‘Refugee resettlement has effectively been halted’: Catholics implore Biden to accept more refugees
Syrian refugee family at a camp in Passau, Germany - August 2015 / Jazzmany/Shutterstock

Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

Catholic organizations expressed dismay that the United States this year could admit the lowest number of refugees in decades. 


US:     After vandalism, Houston parish welcomes back refurbished Our Lady of Guadalupe statue
Our Lady of Guadalupe. / Sacred Heart Cathedral Knoxville via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

CNA Staff, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:53 pm (CNA).

A Catholic parish in Houston held an inauguration ceremony this week for a refurbished statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe that had been vandalized late last year.


Europe:     Soon-to-be-beatified Italian woman pioneered faith-based feminism
Armida Barelli. / Archdiocese of Milan

Rome, Italy, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:11 pm (CNA).

Armida Barelli, a lay Catholic leader who formed “generations of conscious and motivated women” in the faith, will be beatified after the Church approved a miracle attributed to her intercession.


Vatican:     Pope Francis to Brazil's bishops: the Risen Christ is 'our strength, our unity'
Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace April 7, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Vatican City, Apr 15, 2021 / 12:01 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Brazil’s bishops to be united to each other and to their faith in the risen Christ, who will help them get through the COVID-19 situation in their country.


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