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By Hannah Brockhaus

All-Ireland Primate: Pandemic a chance to ‘rescue’ real St. Patrick from shamrocks and green beer

The pandemic is a chance to rescue the real St. Patrick from things like green beer and shamrocks, Archbishop Eamon... Read more

Bishop Dermot Farrell is installed as the new archbishop of Dublin in St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 2, 2021.

By Hannah Brockhaus

On St. Patrick’s Day, Dublin archbishop says public Mass a matter of human dignity

In a St. Patrick’s Day homily, Dublin’s new archbishop has called on authorities to prioritize the right to worship as... Read more

Catholic bishops criticize plan to increase U.K. nuclear weapons stockpile

Catholic bishops have signed a statement calling the U.K. government’s plan to increase its nuclear weapons stockpile a “retrograde step.” Read more

St. Joseph by Guido Reni. Public Domai

Priest attributes to St Joseph miracle of plane that broke in half with no one killed

Fr. Gonzalo Mazarrasa, a Spanish priest, credits Saint Joseph for the survival of all passengers of a plane his brother... Read more

Parliament Buildings in Belfast, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bill restricting abortion for disability reasons passes first vote in Northern Ireland Assembly

The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted in favor of a bill which would restrict abortions on the basis of non-fatal... Read more

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, pictured May 21, 2015.

English Catholic bishop fears Germany’s ‘Synodal Path’ will lead to ‘de facto schism’

An English Catholic bishop has said he fears that the German Church’s “Synodal Way” will lead to a “de facto... Read more

Achel Abbey. Credit: John Scholte via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 NL).

Achel no longer a Trappist beer, after last monks depart abbey

After the last monks left Achel Abbey earlier this year, the beers produced at Achel Brewery no longer bear the... Read more

Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pictured Dec. 18, 2017

Portugal’s Catholic bishops welcome presidential veto of euthanasia bill

Portugal’s Catholic bishops applaud President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s decision to veto a bill legalizing euthanasia Read more

Thomas Sternberg, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics (ZdK), speaks at a ‘Synodal Way’ press conference.

Catholics and Protestants in Germany announce intercommunion move despite Vatican objections

Catholics and Protestants in Germany have announced that they will press ahead with intercommunion at an event in May despite... Read more

Rome’s Pontifical Lateran University, where the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences is located

Professor: With new president, JPII Institute should be renamed ‘Amoris Laetitia Institute’

A French professor has suggested that under its new president, the John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and... Read more

A detail from St. Joseph with the Child, by Francesco Conti (1681–1760)

By Courtney Mares

How a forgotten nun’s visions shed ‘new light’ on the life of St. Joseph

Why a little-known book by an 18th-century visionary could be inspiring reading for the Year of St. Joseph Read more

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

Synods, doctrine, and changing the Catechism: an interview with Stephan Kampowski

What should we make of recent calls for changes to the Catechism of the Catholic Church? Stephan Kampowski assesses the... Read more

Bishop Georg Bätzing at the German bishops’ spring meeting in February 2021. Credit: Sascha Steinbach/epa pool.

‘There are no easy answers’: Head of German Catholic bishops responds to Vatican’s ‘no’ on same-sex blessings

A leading German Catholic bishop has responded to the Vatican’s rejection of blessings for same-sex couples by saying that there... Read more

Our Lady of Fatima.

Annual Fatima pilgrimage to be virtual due to pandemic

The Bishop of Leiria-Fátima, António Cardinal dos Santos Marto, announced that the 2021 pilgrimage to Fatima will take place virtually... Read more

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By CNA Staff

Poland objects to EU declaring itself ‘LGBT freedom zone’

The European Union has declared itself an “LGBT freedom zone,” prompting objections from the Polish government, which says it has... Read more

The flag of Jersey. Credit: railway fx/Shutterstock.

Jersey convenes citizens' jury to debate assisted suicide legalization

Jersey has formed a citizens’ jury to determine whether assisted suicide should be allowed on the island.  Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholic Church in Malta suspends public Mass through Easter Octave

The Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo have suspended the celebration of public Masses through April 11, the... Read more

The Catholic Cathedral of Limburg in Hesse, Germany.

Survey: One in three Catholics in Germany thinking of leaving Church

One in three Catholics in Germany is thinking of leaving Church, according to a new survey. Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference, pictured in Warsaw Feb. 12, 2020.

Poland’s Catholic bishops work with men’s religious orders to strengthen child protection system

Poland’s Catholic bishops have strengthened their child protection system with a cooperation agreement with the country’s male religious orders. Read more

The Apparition Chapel at Knock Shrine, Co Mayo, Ireland

Pope Francis to give Knock Shrine new international status on St. Joseph’s feast

Pope Francis will officially designate Knock Shrine in Ireland as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine on the feast of... Read more