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Joe Donnelly, the new US ambassador to the Holy See, meets with Ukrainian refugees in Rome, Italy, on April 21, 2022.

US ambassador to the Holy See meets Ukrainian refugee born in bomb shelter

May 5, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Joe Donnelly met with a Ukrainian mother who had given birth to her baby in a shelter under a hospital. Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a video call with Patriarch Kirill on March 16, 2022.

Russian Orthodox Church: Pope Francis’ comments about talks with Patriarch Kirill ‘regrettable’

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Moscow Patriarchate said the pope’s words were ‘unlikely to contribute to the establishment of a constructive dialogue.’ Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

European Parliament backs persecution report criticized by Catholic Church

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

COMECE said the report ‘rendered invisible’ millions of believers persecuted for their faith. Read more

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Report: EU commission proposes sanctions against Patriarch Kirill

May 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

A document described the Russian Orthodox leader as ‘one of the main supporters of the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.’ Read more

Pope Francis attends the Italian bishops’ plenary assembly in Rome on May 24, 2021.

Pope Francis narrows choice for next leader of Italy’s Catholic bishops

May 3, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The pope said that ‘an authoritative cardinal’ should lead the influential bishops’ conference. Read more

Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri are beatified at Milan Cathedral, Italy, on April 30, 2022.

Faith-based feminism pioneer and tireless wartime Catholic priest beatified together in Italy

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The beatification of Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri took place at Milan Cathedral. Read more

Father Joseph Kentenich.

Schoenstatt founder’s beatification cause put on hold

May 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop Stephan Ackermann acknowledged that ‘the suspension of the beatification process is a painful step for the Schoenstatt family.’ Read more

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia leads a procession in honor of St. Januarius in Naples, Italy, on April 30, 2022.

St. Januarius’ blood liquifies for first time in 2022

May 3, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The liquefaction traditionally happens at least three times a year. Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne.

Vatican backs Cardinal Woelki over abuse study contracts

May 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The embattled German cardinal welcomed what he said was the ‘good news from Rome.’ Read more

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015, speaks to reporters while holding her Bible at Helsinki District Court on Jan. 24, 2022.

Bible tweet trial: Finland’s state prosecutor files appeal

May 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘I am dismayed that the prosecutor will not let this campaign against me drop,’ said Päivi Räsänen. Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan speaks to Colm Flynn of EWTN News In Depth in Hrebenne, Poland.

Cardinal Dolan talks Ukraine, refugee relief, Russian invasion

May 2, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The efforts to help Ukraine’s refugees are an inspiration, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has said at the conclusion... Read more

Bishop Brendan Kelly (speaking) and Bishop Michael Duignan (seated) concelebrate Mass at Galway Cathedral, Feb. 11, 2022.

At installation, Galway's new bishop notes need for less infrastructure

May 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Michael Duignan of Galway and Kilmacduagh highlighted the diminishing role of the Church in the Republic of Ireland at... Read more

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Nineteen attacks on Christians during Holy Week in Spain

May 2, 2022

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The Observatory for Religious Freedom in Spain has reported that during Holy Week this year there were 19 attacks against... Read more

European Court of Human Rights.

European court sides with Pakistani Christian convert

Apr 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

The court said the asylum applicant’s explusion to Pakistan would violate his human rights. Read more

Bishop Joseph Bonnemain of Chur, Switzerland.

Catholic priests criticize new code of conduct in Swiss diocese as ‘attempt to implant LGBT ideology’

Apr 29, 2022

By CNA Staff

Chur Bishop Joseph Bonnemain said the code would be ‘binding for all leaders and employees.’ Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Kirill in Havana, Cuba on Feb. 12, 2016.

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill: Who could host their 2nd summit?

Apr 27, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A meeting is off for now, but where could the two men eventually meet? Read more

Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo (1934-2022).

Spanish Cardinal Carlos Amigo dies at age 87 after lung surgery

Apr 27, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He was an advocate for dialogue between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Read more

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich.

Will Archbishop Ulrich lead the Catholic archdiocese of Paris in a new direction?

Apr 26, 2022

By Jean-Marie Dumont

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich has extensive experience of Church governance. Read more

Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona and Javier Cremades at a press conference in Madrid, Feb. 22, 2022.

Church in Spain again asks forgiveness for sexual abuse

Apr 25, 2022

By Blanca Ruiz

During his address opening the Spanish Bishops’ Conference’s Plenary Assembly on Monday, Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona expressed... Read more

Saint-Pierre d’Arene church in Nice, southeastern France.

‘Extraordinary courage’: Nun intervenes to stop man stabbing Catholic priest in France

Apr 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘She snatched the knife from him while being injured on the forearm,’ said a local politician. Read more