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Pope Francis sends a video message to the Italian Charismatic Consultation, May 15, 2021.

Pope Francis thanks charismatic Catholics and evangelicals for offering ‘sign of fraternity’

The pope sent a video message praising the work of the Italian Charismatic Consultation. Read more

A statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Medjugorje to host global rosary marathon for end to pandemic

Catholics gathering in the town on May 15 will offer the rosary “for all migrants.” Read more

UK bill would fine universities for failing to protect free speech

A proposed law in the UK aiming to bolster the protection of free speech could impose fines on universities if... Read more

Relatives of those killed during the Ballymurphy massacre demonstrate in Dublin, Ireland, Jan. 30, 2014. Credit: Sinn Féin via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

By CNA Staff

After decades, Northern Ireland inquest recognizes victims of Ballymurphy Massacre

A Catholic priest, a mother of eight, and at least seven other civilians were wrongly killed by British soldiers in... Read more

Pavica Vojnović, leader of the pro-life prayer vigils in Pforzheim, Germany.

Court upholds German municipality’s pro-life prayer vigil ban

The court dismissed a challenge to a ban on a prayer vigil in front of a pre-abortion advisory center. Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference. Courtesy: Diocese of Limburg

German Catholic bishops’ leader: ecumenical event ‘not about intercommunion’

Bishop Georg Bätzing insisted that the church services attended by both Catholics and Protestants would be “ecumenically sensitive.” Read more

Empty wooden crib. Image via Shutterstock

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘We took the family for granted’: Leaders grapple with Italy’s accelerating birth crisis

Pope Francis will attend a May 14 event on the country’s demographic decline. Read more

Cardinal George Pell at the annual Eucharistic procession at the Angelicum in Rome, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal Pell leads Eucharistic procession in Rome

The former Vatican finance czar led the annual procession at the Angelicum on May 13, Read more

Pavica Vojnović, who has led pro-life vigils in Pforzheim, southwest Germany.

Court hears pro-life challenge to German municipality’s prayer vigil ban

In 2019, the municipality in Pforzheim, southwest Germany, denied pro-lifers permission to hold vigils near a pre-abortion advisory center. Read more

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça celebrates Mass at Fatima, Portugal, May 13, 2021.

Cardinal at Fatima shrine: World needs ‘spiritual restart’ after pandemic

Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça was preaching on the May 13 feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Read more

Pope John Paul II collapses after being shot on May 13, 1981, in St. Peter’s Square.

‘I was in shock’: Polish cardinal recalls assassination attempt on St. John Paul II 40 years on

The Polish pope collapsed into the arms of Msgr. Dziwisz when he was struck by four bullets on May 13,... Read more

Pope Francis receives German foreign minister Heiko Mass in a private audience at the Vatican, May 12, 2021.

German foreign minister welcomes day of same-sex blessings ahead of papal audience

Heiko Maas backed the blessing ceremonies held in around 80 German cities on May 10. Read more

Polish Bishop Jan Tyrawa.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Polish bishop after ‘Vos estis’ investigation

Bishop Jan Tyrawa was investigated for negligence in handling clerical abuse cases. Read more

London, England.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Italian broker for Vatican’s London property arrested in UK

The arrest, which took place May 11 in London, was requested by an Italian judge. Read more

The icon of Our Lady of Budslau.

Revered icon of Our Lady unscathed after Belarus church fire

The icon of Our Lady of Budslau has been venerated for centuries in a village north of the capital, Minsk. Read more

A blessing service as part of a day of action in defiance to the Vatican’s ruling on same-sex unions in the Youth Church in Würzburg, Germany, May 10, 2021.

German Catholics defy Vatican with blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples

Ceremonies took place in around 80 cities, though the precise number of services is unknown. Read more

The flag of Germany.

Father Weinandy: ‘If the German Synodal Way is not heading for schism, it has fooled a lot of people’

The theologian made the comment after the German bishops’ leader said the country’s Catholics were not “schismatics.” Read more

The hand of the statue of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Square, pictured Feb. 28, 2013.

German Catholic group calls on bishops to unite with Rome

The appeal came ahead a day of protest in Germany against the Vatican’s “no” to same-sex blessings. Read more

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

By CNA Staff

George Weigel: Church in Germany called to fidelity to revelation

The Church in Germany is called to follow revealed truth rather than the spirit of the times, George Weigel, biographer... Read more

Rosario Livatino.

By Courtney Mares

Rosario Livatino beatified in Sicily, honored as ‘martyr of justice and faith’

Blessed Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in 1990, was beatified Sunday in the Cathedral of... Read more