Archive for June 24, 2021

The flag of Mali.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Kidnappers free Catholic priest and four others in Mali

Gunmen released Fr. Léon Douyon 72 hours after seizing him. Read more

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Adoration is like radiotherapy for our sinfulness, says Vatican’s new liturgy chief

Archbishop Arthur Roche said he was optimistic about people returning to Mass after the pandemic. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis encourages us to continue on ‘Synodal Way,’ says German bishops’ leader after audience

Bishop Bätzing said he “made it clear that the rumors that the Church in Germany wants to go its own... Read more

A plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

European Parliament backs ‘extreme’ abortion report despite protests

The report describes abortion as “essential healthcare” and seeks to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.” Read more

St. Gregory Mission, Osoyoos Indian Reserve, British Columbia, Canada?w=200&h=150

By Kevin J. Jones

Police investigate after two Catholic churches burn on British Columbia tribal lands

Two Catholic churches in the same region of British Columbia burned down in suspicious circumstances early Monday morning.  Read more

Capitol?w=200&h=150

By Kate Scanlon

Coalition of state attorneys general ask Congress to restore Hyde Amendment

A coalition of 22 state attorneys general asked Congress this week to restore a prohibition on federal funding of abortions,... Read more

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Catholic columnist: ‘Brave new world’ of embryo experimentation could sharpen Communion debate

Recent developments regarding experimentation on human embryos could force a larger conflict between Catholic Democratic politicians and U.S. bishops on... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago.?w=200&h=150

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Cupich to conduct visit of Vatican dicastery on behalf of Pope Francis

The inspection will begin in a few days. Read more

A painting of the Holy Family at the Church of St. Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Beirut’s St. Joseph church, badly damaged in port explosion, to reopen

The church has been restored with funds from Aid to the Church in Need. Read more

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III and His Holiness Pope Francis view the gifts at the Sala dei Papi of the Apostolic Palace during the Philippine president’s private audience with the pope in the Vatican on Dec. 04, 2015.?w=200&h=150

By Jose Torres Jr.

Philippine Catholic Church leaders honor departed former president

Catholic Church leaders in the Philippines honored the country’s former president, Benigno Aquino III, who died on Thursday, June, 24,... Read more

Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), one of the signers of the "Statement of Principles" of Catholic House Democrats?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Jesuit priest responds to statement of pro-abortion Catholic members of Congress

A Jesuit priest and radio host on Thursday critiqued a recent statement by Catholic House Democrats, who had asked not... Read more

Members of the migrant caravan take temporary shelter in a stadium in Mexico City on their way to the United States border, Nov. 8, 2018.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

After ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy is dismissed, USCCB urges acceptance of migrants

The U.S. bishops’ conference on Thursday emphasized the need to welcome immigrants after the Supreme Court resolved a challenge to... Read more

People wait outside a distribution point to receive aid rations in Oromia Region, Ethiopia, in February 2018?w=200&h=150

By Agnes Aineah

Catholic charity: Ethiopians in agony as water crisis deepens

Residents of various parts of Ethiopia are trekking for miles and spending days in long queues to get water far... Read more

Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Ballyfermot, Ireland, displays the LGBT rainbow flag?w=200&h=150

By Jonah McKeown

Irish parish removes LGBT ‘Pride’ flag after archdiocese intervenes

A Catholic parish in Ireland has reluctantly taken down a rainbow LGBT “Pride” flag that was erected last week outside... Read more

Cathedral of San Gil?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

LGBT activist dances and strips in atrium of Catholic cathedral

An LGBT activist danced and stripped to scanty underwear in the atrium in front of the cathedral in the town... Read more

Baby Feet.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Gibraltar abortion referendum: Voters back bill legalizing abortion

The people of Gibraltar voted in a referendum Thursday to approve a bill legalizing abortion. Read more

Cardinal Baltazar Enrique Porras Cardozo of Merida, Venezuela takes possession of St. John the Evangelist Church in Rome, Italy on June 12, 2017.?w=200&h=150

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Church in Venezuela can facilitate talks between government and opposition, says cardinal

Cardinal Baltazar Porras, archbishop of Mérida and apostolic administrator of Caracas, said that the Church in Venezuela can help facilitate... Read more

Cathedral of Christ the King, Lubbock, Texas?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Lubbock’s Catholic cathedral finds $250k missing, FBI finds embezzlement suspect in Colombia

A man who allegedly stole more than $250,000 from Lubbock’s Christ the King Cathedral has been located in Colombia, and... Read more

Angelo?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

15-year Courage staffer says apostolate 'helped me to become the man I am today'

A 25-year member of the Courage International apostolate says the ministry formed him into the man he is today.  Read more