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Isabel Vaughan-Spruce

Charges dropped, for now, against woman arrested for praying silently outside UK abortion clinic

Feb 3, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce says the charges still could be revived, leaving her in an ambitious legal situation. Read more

Father Georges Lemaitre.

Television station rediscovers lost interview with priest who developed Big Bang theory

Feb 1, 2023

By CNA Staff

In the 20-minute video Father Georges Lemaitre, considered the father of the Big Bang theory, explains what the origin of... Read more

Jean Vanier at a Templeton Prize press conference in London March 11, 2015.

New report details abuses of L’Arche founder

Feb 1, 2023

By Solène Tadié

The late Jean Vanier sexually abused at least 25 women, according to a new investigative report commissioned by L’Arche International. Read more

Logos of WYD Lisbon 2023 and the 2030 Agenda.

Spanish bishop: Reference to UN’s Agenda 2030 on World Youth Day website was ‘a mistake’

Jan 31, 2023

By CNA Staff

The bishop of Orihuela-Alicante in Spain, José Ignacio Munilla, called the reference to the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 on the... Read more

St. John Bosco.

The little-known story of when the Masons tried to kill Don Bosco

Jan 31, 2023

By CNA Staff

History notes how much the Freemasons hated St. John Bosco — whose feast the Church celebrates Jan. 31 — but... Read more

Materials from the Synodal Final Assembly in Spain.

Spanish bishops lament low participation in Synod on Synodality, especially by young people

Jan 31, 2023

By CNA Staff

The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has presented the Synthesis for the European Continental Stage of the Synod on Synodality. Read more

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 for 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