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Bishop Georg Bätzing, chairman of the German bishops’ conference, meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, June 24, 2021.

German bishops’ president rebukes Pope Francis for criticism of Synodal Way 

Jan 30, 2023

By AC Wimmer

Bishop Georg Bätzing says the Germans have “fundamentally different views of synodality” than Rome.  Read more

The apostolic nuncio in Spain, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, together with the Grand Chancellor of the Abat Oliba CEU University, Alfonso Bullón de Mendoza.

Nuncio in Spain explains the Holy See’s position on the UN’s Agenda 2030

Jan 30, 2023

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza detailed how the Holy See participated “very intensely” in the preliminary discussions held for the preparation... Read more

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Skull of St. Thomas Aquinas unveiled at 700th anniversary of his canonization

Jan 28, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The skull of St. Thomas Aquinas has arrived at the Dominican Convent of Toulouse, France, and placed in a new... Read more

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Sacristan killed, priest wounded in terrorist attacks in Spain; bishops condemn violence

Jan 26, 2023

By CNA Staff

The National Court in Spain has initiated the investigation in Wednesday’s incidents as a suspected jihadist terror attack. Read more

Father James Martin, SJ.

Spanish priest calls out Father James Martin for his ‘poisoned doctrine’ on homosexuality

Jan 24, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

Father Francisco José Delgado said that “Martin, an American Jesuit, has the habit of speaking out on social media in... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference in St. Peter’s Square, June 27, 2020.

German bishop dismisses Vatican concerns over a permanent synodal council

Jan 23, 2023

By AC Wimmer

On Monday, Bishop Georg Bätzing said he welcomed a new letter from the Vatican detailing concerns about the push for... Read more

Adam Smith-Connor was fined for “praying for [his] son, who is deceased” near an abortion facility in Bournemouth, England.

Second bystander ensnared by English ban on prayer outside abortion clinics

Jan 22, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Amid continuing controversy over strict limits on behavior outside abortion clinics in some English cities, a man faces a fine... Read more

The faithful venerate a relic of Blessed Rosario Livatino at the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro, Italy, Jan. 20, 2023.

Blood-stained shirt of beatified judge killed by Mafia displayed in Rome

Jan 20, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, the Church of San Salvatore in Lauro welcomed the relic for a few hours with a ceremony and... Read more

The cuddly bear commemorating the late Pope Benedict XVI, created by the Coburg, Bavaria, company Hermann Teddy Fabrik in Germany.

Meet the ‘Benedict Bears’: Cuddly companions commemorate the late pope emeritus

Jan 20, 2023

By AC Wimmer

A traditional toy manufacturer in the Bavarian town of Coburg has produced two limited editions of its iconic teddy bears... Read more

Blessed Rosario Livatino.

Cardinal praises exemplary life of beatified Italian judge murdered by the Mafia

Jan 19, 2023

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Pietro Parolin made his remarks at a Jan. 18 conference in the Italian Senate on the continued relevance of... Read more

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, gives a reading during the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Sept.19, 2022, in London.

Church of England won’t recognize gay marriage but will allow certain ceremonies

Jan 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Proposals now under consideration would uphold traditional Christian teaching that marriage is between one man and one woman. Read more

Pope Benedict XVI

In new book, the late Benedict XVI defends Christianity against claims of intolerance

Jan 19, 2023

By AC Wimmer

In the book, the late pontiff warns of a “radical manipulation of human beings” and “the distortion of the sexes... Read more

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Report: Christian persecution at its highest point in 30 years

Jan 18, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The World Watch List, released by Open Doors on Jan. 18, reported that the number of Christians facing persecution worldwide... Read more

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Italian Psychoanalytic Society expresses ‘great concern’ over use of puberty blockers

Jan 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The president of the society called for “rigorous scientific discussion” of gender issues in young people. Read more

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Scottish bishops: ‘Conversion therapy’ ban would criminalize Christian pastoral care

Jan 17, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A proposed ban on “conversion therapy” is so vague, the bishops warned, that the law would “create a chilling effect.” Read more

Biagio Conte, a lay missionary based in Palermo, is seen doing a pilgrimage in a almost deserted street on March 20, 2020, in Palermo, Italy. Conte died Jan. 12, 2023, and his Jan. 17, 2023, funeral in Palermo was attended by thousands.

Thousands attend funeral of modern-day St. Francis in Italy

Jan 17, 2023

By CNA Staff

Thousands of people attended the Jan. 17 funeral of Biagio Conte, the lay missionary founder of the Hope and Charity... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Hong, attends the funeral Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on Jan. 5, 2023, in St. Peter's Square.

Cardinal Zen ‘very concerned’ about Synod on Synodality

Jan 17, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Giornale published on Jan. 17, Zen said that he hopes that the... Read more

Pilot Raúl Ruiz.

Meet the Spanish pilot who paid homage to Benedict XVI on a flight to Rome

Jan 16, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Raúl Ruiz, 50, said he felt the need to dedicate something to the late pope “and share it with all... Read more

Police officers attend the scene of a shooting by St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church on Jan. 14, 2023, in London, England.

Priest describes ‘pandemonium’ after 6 shot after funeral Mass at London Catholic church

Jan 15, 2023

By Shannon Mullen

Six people —including two children — were injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday at a Catholic church in North London. Read more

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Christian Lawyers Foundation in Spain demands TV series promoting pedophilia be pulled

Jan 12, 2023

By CNA Staff

“Scandal, Story of an Obsession” is a Mediaset España production that began being broadcast on Telecinco Jan. 11. Read more