Archive for September 8, 2021

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By Andrea Gagliarducci

Ambassador: Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia is ‘a historic moment’

The pope will visit the central European nation on Sept. 12-15. Read more

Archbishop Eamon Martin holds a reliquiary containing relics of Auschwitz martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe in Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, Sept. 5, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

All-Ireland Primate honors Auschwitz martyr St. Maximilian Kolbe

Archbishop Martin carried the Auschwitz martyr’s relics through the streets of a Northern Irish town. Read more

Pope Francis’ general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Sept. 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis: ‘Rediscover the beauty of being children of God’

At his general audience, the pope appealed for peace in Ethiopia. Read more

An ice-cream stand near St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis sends 15,000 ice creams to Rome prisoners

The gelati were delivered by papal almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski. Read more

The episcopal ordination of Francis Cui Qingqi in Wuhan, China, on Sept. 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

New Wuhan bishop consecrated under terms of Vatican-China deal

He is the sixth bishop to be consecrated under the deal signed in 2018. Read more

Burmese Cardinal Charles Maung Bo speaks at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Burma’s Cardinal Bo: Jesus waits patiently for us in the Eucharist

He called the COVID-19 pandemic the ‘irritating teacher of patience.’ Read more

Pope Francis blesses a statue of the Immaculate Virgin Mary of the Miraculous Medal Nov. 11, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.?w=200&h=150

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis: Mary teaches us to listen to the voice of the voiceless

He was addressing participants in the 25th International Mariological Marian Congress. Read more

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By Alejandro Bermudez

Book Review: Visually rich compilation of Marian apparitions is full of spiritual ‘gems’

Sophia Institute Press and Polish theologian Wincenty Laszewski have successfully completed the task of creating the most ambitious, graphic-rich and... Read more

Christos Stylianides at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 30, 2014.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Catholic bishops’ commission laments EU religious freedom envoy vacancy

The special envoy has left months after taking up the role. Read more

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By Christine Rousselle

In last-minute plea to Supreme Court, lawyers beg for prayer in execution chamber

Religious freedom advocates are requesting that a Texas death row inmate have access to vocal prayer and the touch of... Read more

Cap-Haitien, Haiti.?w=200&h=150

By CNA Staff

Priest shot dead in Haiti

Father André Sylvestre, 70, was shot to death in Cap-Haitien on Monday, outside a bank where he had just completed... Read more

Taliban fighters gather along a street during a rally in Kabul on August 31, 2021 as they celebrate after the U.S. pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war.?w=200&h=150

By Shannon Mullen

Afghan Christian’s plea to CNA: ‘You are my last hope’

An Afghan Christian's desperate email to CNA triggered a painstaking effort to try to help him escape the Taliban's wrath.... Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington speaks at the National Press Club, Sept. 8, 2021.?w=200&h=150

By Matt Hadro

Cardinal Gregory: Biden ‘not demonstrating Catholic teaching’ on when life begins

The Archbishop of Washington on Wednesday clarified the Church’s teaching on when life begins, after Catholic President Joe Biden last... Read more

Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona.?w=200&h=150

By Blanca Ruiz

Spanish bishop reportedly living with erotic novel author

It has been widely reported that Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, who resigned as Bishop of Solsona last month, did so... Read more

Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev spoke with EWTN at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary.?w=200&h=150

By Katie Yoder

What role does the Eucharist hold in the Eastern Orthodox Church?

Orthodox believers are called to pursue deification, or divine qualities, according to a Russian Orthodox leader. The most powerful way... Read more

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By Kevin J. Jones

Charlotte diocese objects: Federal judge can't set employment standards for Catholic schools

The Diocese of Charlotte has said the law and religious freedom precedent are on its side, despite a federal judge’s... Read more