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  • Guatemalan president demands commission desist from abortion activism

    Guatemalan president demands commission desist from abortion activism President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, in protocolary session of the Permanent Council of the OAS. / Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Washington D.C., Jun 30, 2022 / 19:00 pm (CNA). In a June 28 protocol session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei demanded that the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) “respect the sovereignty and freedom of each state” and stop being an “activist” for abortion.Giammattei criticized the 2021 annual report of the IACHR, which calls out Guatemala in Chapter IV.b. The commission noted that Guatemala joined “the[…]

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  • Bishop walks on his knees to bid farewell to Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos in Mexico

    Bishop walks on his knees to bid farewell to Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos in Mexico A procession of the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos in Mexico. / Credit: Courtesy of the Historical Archive of the Cathedral of San Juan de los Lagos Mexico City Newsroom, Jun 30, 2022 / 18:40 pm (CNA). In a farewell gesture to Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos and his now former diocese, Bishop Jorge Alberto Cavazos Arizpe on June 28 walked on his knees from the back of the diocesan basilica to the altar where her miraculous image is kept.Cavazos headed the diocese of San Juan de los Lagos for six years and was recently[…]

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  • Attacks on churches, pro-life pregnancy centers continue 

    Attacks on churches, pro-life pregnancy centers continue  Grafitti on a sign for All Saints Catholic Church in Portland, Oregon, June 25, 2022. / All Saints Catholic Church Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 30, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA). Since the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision on Friday, attacks on Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy centers have been reported in West Virginia, Washington, Virginia, Louisiana, Colorado, California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Indiana. Below are the latest recorded attacks since the decision.St. Patrick Catholic Church in Philadelphia was defaced with pro-abortion spray paint June 25.Father Hyacinth Cordell, O.P., pastor of the church, told CNA that the graffiti, which[…]

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  • Catholic Charities San Antonio aiding survivors and their families after Texas migrant deaths

    Catholic Charities San Antonio aiding survivors and their families after Texas migrant deaths Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities San Antonio, aids a migrant following the death of dozens of people abandoned in a truck. / Tara Ford Denver Newsroom, Jun 30, 2022 / 17:11 pm (CNA). Following the discovery of the bodies of more than 50 migrants who died in an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas, the local Catholic Charities organization is offering support to the 12 surviving migrants and their families. Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities San Antonio, told CNA that they are requesting prayers as they offer shelter and basic necessities to the families of the deceased and surviving[…]

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  • California abortion amendment deserves 'vigorous opposition', bishops say

    California abortion amendment deserves 'vigorous opposition', bishops say The California capitol. / Willem van Bergen (CC BY-SA 2.0). Denver Newsroom, Jun 30, 2022 / 16:47 pm (CNA). California voters will have the opportunity to approve or reject a strongly pro-abortion amendment to the state constitution in November. The state’s Catholic bishops said the proposal gives a “boundless scope” to ending the lives of the unborn when human lives should instead be protected “at every age in every stage.”The proposed amendment “looks to enshrine the most extreme forms of abortion into the California Constitution,” the California Catholic Conference warned in a statement signed by the 12 archbishops and bishops[…]

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  • This is Pope Francis' prayer intention for July 2022

    This is Pope Francis' prayer intention for July 2022 Pope Francis visits the San Raffaele Borona assisted living home in Rieti, Italy, Oct. 4, 2016. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Jun 30, 2022 / 11:00 am (CNA). Pope Francis has asked the Catholic Church to pray in a special way for the elderly during the month of July.The prayer intention follows requests to pray for families in June and for young people in May, and coincides with the celebration of the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 24.“We cannot speak about family without talking about the importance of the elderly among us,” Pope Francis said in[…]

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  • Pope Francis misses meeting with Jewish delegation due to knee pain

    Pope Francis misses meeting with Jewish delegation due to knee pain Pope Francis delivers a homily from a wheelchair on June 5, 2022. 2 / Vatican Media Vatican City, Jun 30, 2022 / 10:30 am (CNA). Pope Francis missed a meeting with a Jewish delegation on Thursday morning after experiencing a flare-up of knee pain, according to the Vatican.“Pope Francis was unable to meet this morning on account of aggravated knee pain,” a bulletin from the Holy See Press Office said on June 30.Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, represented the pope at the interreligious meeting at the Vatican. Koch delivered a speech[…]

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  • Pope Francis: Catholic-Eastern Orthodox dialogue can promote world peace

    Pope Francis: Catholic-Eastern Orthodox dialogue can promote world peace Pope Francis meets with a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse, June 30, 2022. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Jun 30, 2022 / 09:23 am (CNA). “Seeking Christian unity is not merely a question internal to the Churches,” he said June 30. “It is an essential condition for the realization of an authentic universal fraternity, manifested in justice and solidarity towards all.”The pope spoke about the role of ecumenical dialogue in peace-building during a meeting with an Eastern Orthodox delegation at the Vatican.Cardinal Kurt Koch, prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of[…]

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  • Pope Francis encourages reconciliation in Colombia at Truth Commission presentation

    Pope Francis encourages reconciliation in Colombia at Truth Commission presentation Pope Francis called on Colombians to “to continue along paths of reconciliation" in his June 28, 2022, message read at the Truth Commission final report in Bogotá. / Polifoto via Shutterstock. Colombia flag. Credit: J. Stephen Conn via Flickr (CC BY NC 2.0). Denver Newsroom, Jun 29, 2022 / 19:00 pm (CNA). Pope Francis called on Colombia to follow the path of reconciliation in a message read June 28 during the presentation of the final report of the Truth Commission, created in 2016 following the Peace Accord signed between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)[…]

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  • VIDEO: Watch violent vandalism attack on Catholic church in Washington state

    VIDEO: Watch violent vandalism attack on Catholic church in Washington state Windows were smashed at St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington, on June 28, 2022. / Courtesy of Bellevue Police Mansfield, Mass., Jun 29, 2022 / 18:53 pm (CNA). A woman was praying alone in the perpetual adoration chapel early Tuesday morning when the wave of anti-Catholic vandalism and violence sweeping the U.S. struck St. Louise Catholic Church in Bellevue, Washington.Hearing a commotion outside, the woman ventured into the hallway. There, she confronted a masked intruder standing outside the parish center, smashing the glass front door.The person screamed profanities at the woman, who ran back into the chapel. Terrified, she[…]

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