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Covid-19 cases rising in Iraq as Pope set to visit

By Catholic News Service | March 2, 2021 | 1 Comment

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – A week before Pope Francis was scheduled to arrive in Iraq, the Vatican nuncio in Baghdad and several members of the staff tested positive for Covid-19 and began self-isolating. The embassy confirmed the news on February 28, after the nuncio, Archbishop Mitja Leskovar, told the news … Read More about Covid-19 cases rising in Iraq as Pope set to visit

Australian bishops release working document for October plenary council

By Michael Otto | February 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

SYDNEY (CNS) – The need for “deep, spiritual conversion of all members of the Church stands out” as a key theme of the “instrumentum laboris”, the working document for Australia’s Plenary Council, due to begin in October, said one of its authors. “Continuing the Journey”, the working paper for Australia’s … Read More about Australian bishops release working document for October plenary council

Pope accepts resignation of liturgy prefect

By Catholic News Service | February 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 75-year-old Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. A new prefect of the worship congregation was not announced. Like bishops, cardinals are required to offer the Pope their resignations when they turn 75. … Read More about Pope accepts resignation of liturgy prefect

Prince William relative moves closer to sainthood

By Catholic News Service | February 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

MANCHESTER, England (CNS) – A priest related to Princes William and Harry took a major step closer to sainthood when Pope Francis declared him venerable. Like St John Henry Newman, Passionist Father Ignatius Spencer is considered one of the towering figures of the 19th-century revival of English Catholicism, often referred … Read More about Prince William relative moves closer to sainthood

Justice is working, says US archbishop about St Junipero Serra statue vandalism case

By Catholic News Service | February 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) – Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said the “justice system is working” following the arraignment of five people on charges of felony vandalism for toppling a St Junipero Serra statue outside a Catholic church last October. This matter “will soon rest in the hands of a … Read More about Justice is working, says US archbishop about St Junipero Serra statue vandalism case

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