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Archive for March 8, 2021

Pope Francis returns a historic prayer manuscript to Immaculate Conception Church in Bakhdida, Iraq, March 7, 2021.  Credit: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis returns historic prayer book saved from Islamic State to the Nineveh Plains

During his trip to Iraq, Pope Francis returned a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript which was restored after the Islamic State... Read more

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Pope Francis: Meeting with Iraq’s top Shiite cleric offered ‘universal message’ of fraternity

On his flight to Rome from Baghdad on Monday, Pope Francis said that Iraq’s top Shiite cleric is a “humble and... Read more

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‘This is the pure Gospel’: Pope Francis moved by Iraqi Christians’ witness

Pope Francis said Monday that the sight of the destroyed churches and ruins in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA.?w=200&h=150

Pope Francis confirms plans to go to Hungary for International Eucharistic Congress

Pope Francis on Monday confirmed that he planned to visit Hungary for the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil on March 7th, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA?w=200&h=150

Biden hails Pope Francis' 'historic' trip to Iraq

President Joe Biden stated his admiration for Pope Francis on Monday, after the pontiff’s four-day visit to Iraq.    Read more

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Vatican COVID-19 commission: Church can help combat rising violence against women

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission called on Monday for the Catholic Church and governments to increase support for women suffering from... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Legal group highlights forced marriages, conversions on International Women’s Day

A Christian group marked International Women’s Day 2021 by highlighting forced marriages and conversions - an ongoing problem for millions... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Swiss voters narrowly back ban on burqa, niqab as religious leaders voice concern

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to religious facial coverings in public nationwide. Though the move will affect a... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Scammer arrested after attempt to sell Turkish basilica

Turkish authorities have arrested a scam artist who reportedly attempted to claim ownership of and sell a famous Catholic basilica... Read more

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Feminists attack, desecrate church in Oaxaca

A group of feminists taking part in a women’s rights march in Oaxaca City on Sunday attacked Ss. Cosmas and... Read more

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Minneapolis archbishop prays for peace as trial of Derek Chauvin begins

The archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis urged peace and prayer before the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, who faces... Read more

Pope Francis incenses a once-desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary from Karemlesh during his Mass in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

Pope Francis blesses Marian statue desecrated by Islamic State

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State was present at Pope Francis’ Mass... Read more

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Senate sends COVID relief bill back to House without pro-life provisions

The House could be voting as soon as Tuesday on a COVID relief package that pro-life groups warn would increase... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA. ?w=200&h=150

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Iraq

Please read below for CNA’s full transcript of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Baghdad, Iraq to Rome, Italy on... Read more

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Supreme Court allows religious speech violation lawsuit to continue

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that government officials can be held personally liable for religious freedom violations.  Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, MCCI, who was appointed Bishop of Rumbek March 8, 2021. Photo courtesy Fr. Carlassare.?w=200&h=150

Bishop appointed for S Sudan's Rumbek diocese after nearly 10 years' vacancy

Father Christian Carlassare, who was appointed Bishop of Rumbek on Monday, nearly 10 years since the death of the diocese’s... Read more