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Archive for March 22, 2021

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By Courtney Mares

Private Mass restrictions come into force at St. Peter’s Basilica

The restriction of private Masses in the upper side chapels of St. Peter’s Basilica has come into force Read more

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Police in Ireland fine Catholic priest for offering public Masses

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses amid a nationwide lockdown. Read more

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Police in Ireland fine Catholic priest for offering public Masses

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses amid a nationwide lockdown. Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Vatican marks World Water Day with call to end waste and contamination

The Vatican has marked World Water Day by urging an end to water waste and contamination. Read more

Then-Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer, now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks at the Holy See press office, Sept. 8, 2015.?w=200&h=150

More than 200 German-speaking theology professors criticize Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings

More than 200 theology professors in the German-speaking world have signed a statement criticizing the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for... Read more

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Catholic bishops condemn plan to impose ‘extreme’ abortion services on N Ireland

Catholic bishops have strongly criticized plans to impose “extreme and discriminatory” abortion services on Northern Ireland. Read more

Pope Francis addresses members of Rome's Pontifical Filipino College March 22, 2021.?w=200&h=150

Pope Francis to Pontifical Filipino College students: welcome God’s opportunities

Pope Francis has encouraged students at Rome’s Pontifical Filipino College to welcome “the opportunities that the Lord gives you to... Read more

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By CNA Staff

What does the Equality Act mean for Catholics? Webinar takes a look

Several Catholic dioceses are hosting a webinar Monday night to better inform people about the consequences of the Equality Act,... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Springfield, Ill. Credit: Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock?w=200&h=150

Illinois' Springfield diocese to restore modified Sunday obligation

The Diocese of Springfield in llinois is restoring the Sunday obligation for most Catholics on April 11, Divine Mercy Sunday.  Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Boston Archdiocese calls for life without parole for Boston bomber, after Supreme Court agrees to consider death penalty

As the Supreme Court on Monday agreed to consider the death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Archdiocese... Read more

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Vatican should speak up on China, scholar says

A Swedish scholar who studies China has called for the Vatican to speak up about human rights abuses by the... Read more

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ADF implores South Dakota governor to reconsider veto of transgender sports bill

The group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is criticizing South Dakota’s governor for “gutting” a bill prohibiting transgender athletes from playing... Read more

Bishop Demetrio Fernández of Córdoba says Mass to mark the close of the diocesan phase of the beatification cause of Pedro Manuel Salado in Córdoba, Spain, March 20, 2021. Credit: Diocese of Córdoba.?w=200&h=150

Beatification cause advances for missionary who saved seven children from drowning

Bishop Demetrio Fernández Gonzalez of Córdoba closed on Saturday the diocesan phase of the beatification process for the missionary Brother... Read more

Mar 21, 2021: Demonstrators in Portland denounce violence against Asian Americans after the Atlanta spa shootings. Credit: Tada Images/Shutterstock?w=200&h=150

USCCB condemns racist violence, prays for victims, after Atlanta shootings

The U.S. bishops’ conference denounced racism and violence following last week’s shootings in Atlanta that killed six Asian women.  Read more

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Louisiana priest who desecrated altar charged with vandalism

A priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans arrested last year along with two women after filming a pornographic video... Read more