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Archive for May 21, 2021

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By Courtney Mares

Vatican asks all Catholic dioceses to take part in synod on synodality

The synod will officially open with a “diocesan phase” in October. Read more

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German Catholic, Protestant leaders share communion at ecumenical event

The gathering took place amid a controversy about intercommunion that drew the Vatican’s attention. Read more

Pope Francis addresses new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 21, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Christine Rousselle

Pope Francis calls for global prayer for peace in the Holy Land

The pope was addressing ambassadors newly accredited to the Holy See. Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

Pope Francis to homeless advocates: Be witnesses of God’s mercy and goodness

The pope congratulated the Lazarus Association on 10 years of serving the homeless. Read more

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By Courtney Mares

Catholic priest killed, another kidnapped in attack on Nigerian parish

Fr. Alphonsus Bello was found dead on May 21. Read more

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By CNA Staff

Pro-abortion groups seek to block Indiana law over abortion pill reversal

Pro-abortion groups this week asked a federal judge to block a new law in Indiana, set to take effect this... Read more

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German Catholic bishops’ leader: ‘Synodal Way’ and Rome synod have ‘common goal’

Bishop Georg Bätzing welcomed the new global “process” for the synod on synodality. Read more

Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, S.J., who was appointed Bishop of Hong Kong May 17, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Hong Kong bishop appointment shows pope's preference for religious

For several informed sources inside the Vatican, the appointment of the Fr. Stephen Chow Sau-yan, a Jesuit, as Bishop of... Read more

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As UK lawmakers revisit assisted suicide, palliative care prof says ‘aid in dying’ advocacy misleads

A peer in the House of Lords has put forward a proposal to revisit the legalization of assisted suicide in... Read more

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By Autumn Jones

Catholic doctrine preserves the life of LGBT members of the Church

Is it possible to be gay and Catholic? After extensive interviews, CNA has found that to a silent majority, the... Read more

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By Matt Hadro

Pro-life leader ‘confident’ Manchin will oppose abortion funding in upcoming budget battles

One pro-life leader is “confident” that Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (W.Va.) – a key swing vote in the U.S. Senate... Read more

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Catholic Charities mobilizes in rain-drenched Southern Louisiana

The town of Lake Charles, Louisiana is reeling from more than a foot of rain and widespread flooding that occurred... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Christian group supports prayer octave for China

A Christian coalition is supporting the prayer octave for the Church in China urged by Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of... Read more