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Holy See budget deficit expected for 2021

By Catholic News Service | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – In the wake of the economic fallout due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy said it expects a multimillion-dollar deficit in its budget for 2021. In a statement released on February 19, the Vatican said Pope Francis signed off on the Holy See’s … Read More about Holy See budget deficit expected for 2021

Scottish Christian leaders say hate crime bill limits freedom to disagree

By Catholic News Service | February 17, 2021 | 1 Comment

GLASGOW, Scotland (CNS) – The Scottish government should withdraw parts of a hate crime bill because of the risk it will lead to the prosecution of people solely for disagreeing with gender ideology and same-sex marriage, said Catholic and Protestant leaders. The Catholic Church, the Free Church of Scotland and … Read More about Scottish Christian leaders say hate crime bill limits freedom to disagree

Bishop sprays holy water from firetruck to ‘cleanse’ Colombian city

By Catholic News Service | February 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

BOGOTA, Colombia (CNS) – The bishop of a Colombian city that is suffering from a deadly spike in drug violence boarded a firetruck to spray the town’s main street with holy water and help to “cleanse it” of evil. Bishop Rubén Jaramillo Montoya performed the gesture on February 10, during … Read More about Bishop sprays holy water from firetruck to ‘cleanse’ Colombian city

On Ash Wednesday, Philippines archdiocese to let families distribute ashes

By Michael Otto | February 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) – An archdiocese in the Philippines will allow churchgoers to distribute ashes among family members at home to mark the beginning of Lent on February 17. Ucanews.com reported the Cebu Archdiocese in the central Philippines released a prayer guide on February 10 for the celebration of Ash … Read More about On Ash Wednesday, Philippines archdiocese to let families distribute ashes

Vatican releases schedule for papal trip to Iraq next month

By Catholic News Service | February 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis said his upcoming trip to Iraq would be an important sign of his concern for the region’s Christians, but also an important opportunity to build fraternity through interreligious dialogue. “In our time, interreligious dialogue is an important component of the encounter between peoples and … Read More about Vatican releases schedule for papal trip to Iraq next month

Pope’s advice for musicians during time of pandemic

By Michael Otto | February 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – While protocols to slow the Covid-19 pandemic have silenced many concert halls and restricted the use of congregational singing in many churches, Pope Francis prayed that musicians were using this time to listen. Good music, like any kind of effective communication, needs both sound and silence, … Read More about Pope’s advice for musicians during time of pandemic