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Belgian bishop: ‘Euthanasia is not necessarily an evil as such’

Oct 9, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, said the Church’s teaching that euthanasia is an intrinsic evil is “too simple an... Read more

Archbishop-elect Luc Terlinden speaks at a press conference to present the new archbishop for Mechelen-Brussels, Thursday, June 22, 2023.

Meet the archbishop-elect of Brussels, the capital of the European Union

Jun 23, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Luc Terlinden, 54, has been named the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, considered the most important position in the Church in... Read more

Same-sex wedding cake.

Cardinal Eijk: Same-sex blessings undermine Church teaching on marriage, sexual ethics

Sep 30, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

The archbishop of Utrecht has urged that the Flemish bishops be asked to withdraw their statement introducing blessing ceremonies for... Read more

Cardinal Francis Arinze.

Cardinal Arinze explains why Belgian bishops can’t bless same-sex couples

Sep 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Belgian bishops’ introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex couples has drawn rebuke from the former head of the Vatican’s... Read more


Spanish bishop to Belgian bishops: The Church doesn’t have authority to bless gay unions

Sep 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop José Ignacio Munilla reminded the Belgian bishops that the blessing of gay unions goes against the teaching of the... Read more


Bishops in Belgium defy Vatican, publish ceremony for blessing same-sex unions

Sep 20, 2022

By AC Wimmer

In open defiance of the Vatican, Catholic bishops in Belgium on Tuesday announced the introduction of blessing ceremonies for same-sex... Read more

Bishop Lucas Van Looy, S.D.B., pictured at a Vatican press conference on the family synod, Oct. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis accepts Belgian bishop’s request not to be made a cardinal

Jun 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Lucas Van Looy was due to receive the red hat on Aug. 27. 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

Mar 16, 2021

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

A 12th-century baptismal font at Collegiate Church of St. Bartholomew, Liège, Belgium.

Catholic Church in Belgium sees rise in adult baptisms

Aug 22, 2020

The Catholic Church in Belgium has reported a significant rise in adult baptisms.  Read more

Cardinal Godfried Danneels in 2009.

Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels dies at the age of 85

Mar 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Godfried Danneels died Thursday at the age of 85 in his native Belgium. Danneels served as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels... Read more

Belgian cathedral.

'Good Friday came early' – Catholic bishops mourn Brussels attacks

Mar 22, 2016

The Holy Week terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday led the city's bishops to mourn and reflect on the deadly... Read more