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Archive for May 14, 2021

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GetReligion points out 'ghosts' in religion reporting among mainstream media

The news-checking website GetReligion.org is in its 18th year of looking for “ghosts” in mainstream media. The “ghosts,” as co-founder... Read more

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By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis asks society which it values more: Children or money

The pope was speaking at “The General State of the Birth Rate” event in Rome. Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Catholic university in India opens COVID-19 care centers

St. Xavier’s University has opened care centers for people with no place to isolate at home. Read more

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German Catholic bishops’ leader: ecumenical event ‘not about intercommunion’

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that the church services attended by both Catholics and Protestants would be “ecumenically sensitive.” Read more

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Court upholds German municipality’s pro-life prayer vigil ban

The court dismissed a challenge to a ban on a prayer vigil in front of a pre-abortion advisory center. Read more

Pope Francis meets with members of the Scouts Unitaires de France at the Vatican, May 14, 2021.?w=200&h=150

Pope Francis urges scouts to ‘spread light and hope’

The pope welcomed members of the Scouts Unitaires de France to Rome on the group’s 50th anniversary. Read more

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Texas passes ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

States continued a nationwide trend of enacting pro-life laws in 2021, with the Texas legislature passing a “heartbeat” bill this... Read more

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Calls mount for Chicago-area religious orders to publish lists of members credibly accused of abuse

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times has highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not yet released lists... Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican

The former Secretary of State is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference Read more

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Phoenix bishop defends speaking out on Communion: ‘The care of souls is our first concern’

The Bishop of Phoenix said on Thursday that he is protecting the Eucharist, not “politicizing” it, by teaching that Catholic... Read more

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By Diego Lopez Marina

Ahead of general election, Nicaraguan archdiocese urges that abortion not be an election issue

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua stated Thursday that the "abominable crime" of abortion should not... Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

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By Matt Hadro

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in... Read more

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UK bill would fine universities for failing to protect free speech

A proposed law in the UK aiming to bolster the protection of free speech could impose fines on universities if... Read more