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  • Pope Francis offers condolences to Benedict XVI following his brother’s death

    Pope Francis offers condolences to Benedict XVI following his brother’s death Vatican City, Jul 2, 2020 / 05:10 am (CNA).- Pope Francis offered his condolences to Benedict XVI Thursday following the death of his brother. In a letter to the pope emeritus dated July 2, the pope expressed his “heartfelt sympathy” after the death of Msgr. Georg Ratzinger July 1 at the age of 96.“You were kind enough to be the first to tell me the news of the departure of your beloved brother Georg,” Pope Francis wrote in the letter released in both Italian and German by the Holy See Press Office. “In this hour of mourning I would like to express[…]

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  • Catholic bishop: bill changes would leave UK with ‘most extreme abortion legislation in Europe’

    Catholic bishop: bill changes would leave UK with ‘most extreme abortion legislation in Europe’ CNA Staff, Jul 2, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- An English bishop has urged Catholics to resist a new push to strip away protections for unborn children that would “leave the U.K. with the most extreme abortion legislation in Europe.” Bishop John Sherrington issued the appeal July 1 as Members of Parliament sought to table amendments to a domestic abuse bill that he said would introduce “abortion on demand, for any reason, up until when a child is capable of being born alive.”A group of MPs will seek to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act[…]

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  • Founder of Catholic Schoenstatt movement faces allegations of coercion

    Founder of Catholic Schoenstatt movement faces allegations of coercion CNA Staff, Jul 1, 2020 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- A German historian says that recently opened Vatican archives include documents that suggest the German founder of the Schoenstatt ecclesial movement engaged in manipulative and coercive behavior among the sisters of the movement. But the Schoenstatt community says those allegations have long since been addressed.According to German Catholic newspaper Die Tagepost, theologian and Church historian Alexandra von Teuffenbach has reviewed Vatican assessments of the Schoenstatt movement, which reportedly portray Fr. Josef Kentenich, founder of the movement, as manipulative and coercive.The Holy See reportedly began to receive reports from alleged victims of[…]

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  • US bishops ask Trump administration to reconsider federal executions

    US bishops ask Trump administration to reconsider federal executions CNA Staff, Jul 1, 2020 / 06:43 pm (CNA).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has asked the Trump administration to halt several scheduled executions after the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from four death row inmates.Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, head of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development at the USCCB, emphasized the Church’s position on capital punishment and urged the administration to reconsider the three executions scheduled for July 13.“Now that the Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeals of four federal death row inmates, and the Justice Department has set[…]

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  • ‘An affront to human dignity’: Ethicists react to death of Michael Hickson

    ‘An affront to human dignity’: Ethicists react to death of Michael Hickson Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 1, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Ethicists and disability rights activists have expressed grave concerns over reports of the recent death of Michael Hickson, a black man with quadriplegia and a brain injury who was denied medical treatment due to his disabilities. Hickson, 46, died on June 11, six days after a doctor at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center told Hickson’s wife, Melissa, that he did not think that Michael had a quality of life due to his disabilities and would therefore not receive medical treatment, he was subsequently transferred to hospice care. Melissa recorded the[…]

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  • How Catholics can work to 'expel this demon' of racism

    How Catholics can work to 'expel this demon' of racism Washington D.C., Jul 1, 2020 / 03:30 pm (CNA).- Catholics can use the weapons of faith to expel racism from society, black Catholic leaders said on Wednesday at an online forum on the future of the United States.Gloria Purvis, host of EWTN’s radio show “Morning Glory,” who has served on the National Black Catholic Congress, said on Wednesday that Catholics need to work together to “expel this demon” of racism through prayer and fasting.Purvis noted how Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco performed an exorcism on June 27 at a local park where a statue of St. Junipero Serra was[…]

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  • House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong

    House discusses ‘brutal, sweeping crackdown’ in Hong Kong CNA Staff, Jul 1, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- The new national security law in Hong Kong is an assault on the rights of the people, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday, July 1. “When Beijing announced its intention to pass the so-called National Security Law, so-called, we were concerned. It was frightening,” said Pelosi at the hearing, titled “The End of One Country, Two Systems?: Implications of Beijing’s National Security Law in Hong Kong” . “[The law] is nothing short of an all-out effort to negate the rights of the people[…]

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  • New Florida law requiring parental consent for abortion limits harm, Catholic bishops say

    New Florida law requiring parental consent for abortion limits harm, Catholic bishops say CNA Staff, Jul 1, 2020 / 01:37 pm (CNA).- After Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a new law requiring parental consent for a minor’s abortion, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the effort for reducing the “grave harm” of abortion.“This common-sense measure simply holds abortion to the same consent requirements as most every other medical decision involving a child, including simple interventions such as taking an aspirin or getting ears pierced,” the bishops said June 30.“As Catholics, we condemn abortion as a grave injustice that denies the fundamental human right to life. However, as long as abortion is legal, we[…]

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  • 'Soft despotism' of anti-Catholicism on the rise, USCCB religious liberty chair warns

    'Soft despotism' of anti-Catholicism on the rise, USCCB religious liberty chair warns Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jul 1, 2020 / 12:10 pm (CNA).- The new leader of the U.S. Catholic bishops on religious liberty has warned of a “soft despotism” of religious intolerance in the U.S.  Archbishop Thomas Wenski told CNA that “new Jacobins” are driving Catholics from the public square for their beliefs.  “We’re not second-class citizens because we are people of faith,” said Wenski, Archbishop of Miami and head of the U.S. bishops’ religious freedom committee, in an interview with CNA on Tuesday.The archbishop said a new wave of religious intolerance is forcing believers and belief out of public life.Wenski pointed to[…]

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  • Analysis: As Archbishop Viganò denounces Vatican II, the Vatican is not speaking

    Analysis: As Archbishop Viganò denounces Vatican II, the Vatican is not speaking Denver Newsroom, Jul 1, 2020 / 11:35 am (CNA).-  When Archbishop Carlo Viganò made headlines in August 2018, it was for a sweeping open letter that accused Church officials of complicity and cover-up in the scandal surrounding sexual abuser Theodore McCarrick.The pope’s response to the Viganò letter was direct: “I will not say a single word on this.”Two years later, Archbishop Viganò is still speaking. But the archbishop has changed his topic, from the McCarrick affair to conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic, the Marian apparition at Fatima, and the Second Vatican Council. The archbishop’s audience has grown large in[…]

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