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  • Pope Francis to Slovakian Jesuits: ‘Some people wanted me to die’ amid health problems

    Pope Francis to Slovakian Jesuits: ‘Some people wanted me to die’ amid health problems Pope Francis addresses an ecumenical meeting at the apostolic nunciature in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 12, 2021. / Vatican Media. Vatican City, Sep 21, 2021 / 05:20 am (CNA). In a private meeting with Jesuits in Slovakia on Sept. 12, Pope Francis said that there were people who wanted him to die after he underwent colon surgery in July.During the encounter, a Jesuit priest asked the pope how he was doing, to which he replied: “Still alive, even though some people wanted me to die.”“I know there were even meetings between prelates who thought the pope’s condition was more serious than[…]

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  • Pope Francis to theologians: See ‘contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross’

    Pope Francis to theologians: See ‘contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross’ Pope Francis adores the crucifix during the Good Friday liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media Vatican City, Sep 21, 2021 / 04:10 am (CNA). Pope Francis urged theologians gathering in Rome on Tuesday to promote “a renewed understanding of contemporary challenges in light of the Wisdom of the Cross.” In a message to participants in an international theological congress, the pope said he hoped that the meeting would contribute to the evangelization of the 21st-century world. He said: “It is my hope that by promoting fruitful theological, cultural, and pastoral interactions, this initiative will[…]

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  • The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall

    The religious freedom cases the Supreme Court could hear – and refuse – this fall Religious sisters show their support for the Little Sisters of the Poor outside the Supreme Court, where oral arguments were heard on March 23, 2016 in the Zubik v. Burwell case against the HHS Mandate. / Catholic News Agency Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2021 / 16:30 pm (CNA). In addition to a major abortion case, the Supreme Court this fall will consider cases on vocal prayer at executions and state tuition assistance for religious schools, and could decide take up other religious freedom cases.Although the court usually decides death penalty cases on the “emergency docket” - reserved for urgent petitions[…]

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  • Local artists add beauty to Los Angeles exhibit ‘250 Years of Mission’ to celebrate Jubilee Year

    Local artists add beauty to Los Angeles exhibit ‘250 Years of Mission’ to celebrate Jubilee Year Lalo Garcia's painting of Saint Junípero Serra is featured in the '250 Years of Mission' exhibit. / Lalo Garcia. Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 20, 2021 / 15:34 pm (CNA). On September 11, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles began a Jubilee Year, Forward in Mission, to mark 250 years since the opening of the region’s first church, Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, founded in 1771 by Saint Junípero Serra. An exhibit titled 250 Years of Mission will be on display at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels through Sept. 10, 2022, to tell the story of the Catholic faith in[…]

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  • ‘The most radical abortion bill of all time’: House to vote this week on codifying ‘right’ to abortion

    ‘The most radical abortion bill of all time’: House to vote this week on codifying ‘right’ to abortion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) / Michael Candelori/Shutterstock Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2021 / 14:49 pm (CNA). The House this week will vote on a bill that the U.S. bishops’ conference warns would effectively impose abortion on-demand throughout pregnancy.The Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755), introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), recognizes the “statutory right” of women to have abortions. It also states the “right” of doctors, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and doctor’s assistants to perform abortions. It prohibits many limitations on this right, such as state pro-life laws requiring ultrasounds or waiting periods before abortions.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.),[…]

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  • San Marino to vote on abortion legalization Sept. 26

    San Marino to vote on abortion legalization Sept. 26 Guaita tower, San Marino / princeztl/Shutterstock Denver Newsroom, Sep 20, 2021 / 13:15 pm (CNA). The tiny European nation of San Marino, where abortion has been illegal for nearly a century and a half, is set to hold a referendum on the legalization of abortion later this month. The nation of about 35,000 people, which is estimated to be over 90% Catholic, will vote Sept. 26 on whether to allow abortions up to 12 weeks into pregnancy; the vote would also determine the legality of abortion after 12 weeks if there “are anomalies and malformations of the fetus that involve a[…]

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  • Supreme Court sets argument date for challenge to Roe v. Wade

    Supreme Court sets argument date for challenge to Roe v. Wade null / Addie Mena/CNA Washington D.C., Sep 20, 2021 / 12:02 pm (CNA). The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear arguments in a critical abortion case on Dec. 1.In the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to Mississippi’s law restricting most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, the court will decide the question of whether all state abortion bans pre-viability are unconstitutional. “Viability” is the court’s legal standard from 1973, regarded as the point at which an unborn child can survive outside the womb.The court on Monday announced the date of oral arguments in[…]

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  • Massachusetts bishop: Clergy can support individuals' own vaccine exemption requests

    Massachusetts bishop: Clergy can support individuals' own vaccine exemption requests Bishop William Byrne of Springfield in Massachusetts / Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Mass., Sep 20, 2021 / 11:28 am (CNA). Bishop William Byrne of Springfield in Massachusetts said Tuesday that clerics in the diocese should support Catholics who themselves seek conscientious exemption from COVID-19 vaccine mandates by attesting to their baptism and practice of the faith.“It is important for us to recognize and encourage the well-formed consciences of those who both desire the vaccine for themselves and the common good, as well as those who for health concerns or other reasons, may desire not to receive the vaccine,” Bishop[…]

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  • Vatican requires vaccine pass for visitors, employees

    Vatican requires vaccine pass for visitors, employees People use hand sanitizer before entering St. Peter's Basilica. / Daniel Ibanez/CNA Vatican City, Sep 20, 2021 / 08:15 am (CNA). The Vatican will require all visitors and personnel to show a COVID-19 pass proving they have been vaccinated, have recovered from the coronavirus, or have tested negative for the disease in order to enter the city state beginning Oct. 1.To enter Vatican territory, tourists and other visitors, employees, and officials will be required to show a digital or paper Covid Certificate issued by the Vatican or another country, according to an ordinance published Sept. 20.A Swiss Guard watches over[…]

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  • Poland’s March for Life and the Family draws 5,000 people

    Poland’s March for Life and the Family draws 5,000 people A family participates in Poland's March for Life and the Family in Warsaw on Sept. 19, 2021. / Family News Service Rome Newsroom, Sep 20, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA). Poland’s March for Life and the Family drew 5,000 people this year, according to the event’s organizers.The annual march took place in Warsaw on Sunday, Sept. 19. Thousands of participants took to the streets in the Polish capital brandishing the country’s red and white flag and posters with pro-life slogans.Family News ServiceIt was Poland’s first March for Life since a landmark decision on abortion by Poland’s constitutional court came into[…]

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Everything you need to know about Pentecost

Holy SpiritDenver, Colo. /(CNA) - This month, the Church celebrates Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church.  

Here’s what you need to know about the feast day:

The timing and origins of Pentecost

Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven. Because Easter is a moveable feast without a fixed date, and Pentecost depends on the timing of Easter, Pentecost can fall anywhere between May 10 and June 13.

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Online Resources to Help Churches Face COVID-19 Outbreak

WHEATON, Ill., April 2020/PRNewswire/ -- The Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) at Wheaton College and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) want churches to know they're not alone. Together, they presented the COVID-19 Church Online Summit, a two-day digital summit to help churches respond creatively, practically, and faithfully to the coronavirus outbreak.  

The Summit is free at https://www.covid19churchsummit.com.

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