Latest news: Europe

Jul 9, 2020 - 09:15 am .- A Holy See diplomat raised concern at the United Nations in Geneva this week over the use of the term “gender identity” within the UN’s refugee protection categories.
Jul 9, 2020 - 08:15 am .- A survey released Thursday found that 30% of German Catholics are considering leaving the Church.
Jul 8, 2020 - 09:30 am .- Last month three men were ordained to the priesthood in a small city in southern Italy. Among them was Fr. Jerome Pascal Ombeni, a young man from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Jul 8, 2020 - 08:30 am .- Benedict XVI watched his brother’s funeral via livestream on Wednesday as his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein read the pope emeritus’ message of remembrance at the Mass in Germany.
Jul 8, 2020 - 07:00 am .- A new report Wednesday urged the U.K. to sanction Nigerian officials accused of turning a blind eye to the persecution of Christians.
Jul 8, 2020 - 05:00 am .- She was voted the “greatest Black Briton.” A statue of her stands opposite the Houses of Parliament. Her heroic life is taught to students in England as part of the National Curriculum. Yet few people know that Mary Seacole was a Catholic convert.
Jul 7, 2020 - 06:15 am .- A leading pro-life MP welcomed the defeat Monday of attempts to strip away protections for unborn children in the U.K.
Jul 6, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The Catholic Church can only rebuild trust in its handling of clerical abuse by “taking responsibility for clarifying all crimes and omissions,” the Primate of Poland said Monday.
Jul 6, 2020 - 04:30 am .- An English bishop has said that parishes have seen “dramatic fall” in income as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.
Jul 6, 2020 - 03:15 am .- Ennio Morricone, an Oscar-winning Italian composer honored by Pope Francis, has died at the age of 91.
Jul 3, 2020 - 11:00 am .- Sagrada Família, the majestic basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí, will reopen its doors July 4 following a more than 100-day closure due to the coronavirus crisis.
Jul 3, 2020 - 09:30 am .- The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva is urging countries to help relieve the “crippling external debt burdens” of developing countries struggling in the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 3, 2020 - 08:10 am .- A cardinal archbishop in northern Italy said Friday that the COVID-19 health crisis has created an “immense” poverty in the area, and now is the time to rebuild, to take responsibility, and to share resources.
Jul 2, 2020 - 04:00 am .- An English bishop has urged Catholics to resist a new push to strip away protections for unborn children that would “leave the U.K. with the most extreme abortion legislation in Europe.” 
Jul 1, 2020 - 07:00 pm .- A German historian says that recently opened Vatican archives include documents that suggest the German founder of the Schoenstatt ecclesial movement engaged in manipulative and coercive behavior among the sisters of the movement. But the Schoenstatt community says those allegations have long since been addressed.
Jul 1, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Pilgrims can walk the Camino de Santiago once again as the pilgrimage’s destination, the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, reopened its doors Monday.
Jun 30, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- A cardinal has encouraged Catholics to take part in the worldwide struggle for racial justice following the death of George Floyd.
Jun 30, 2020 - 09:30 am .- A total of 6,666 abortions were performed in Ireland in the first year following the repeal of the country’s pro-life law, according to official figures released Tuesday.
Jun 27, 2020 - 03:00 am .- An Italian prisoner, sentenced to 30 years for murder, will make vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience on Saturday, in the presence of his bishop.
Jun 26, 2020 - 11:30 am .- Ireland received its lowest rating ever by the U.S. State Department for its efforts to combat human trafficking, in the agency’s annual trafficking report released on Thursday.
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