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Christian anthropology can renew the West, Vatican foreign minister says

By Hannah Brockhaus, Catholic News Agency, April 16, 2021 It is a difficult and uncertain moment in the West, when the vision of who man is and what he is for is being questioned, and the answers proposed by society are “short-sighted,” the Vatican’s foreign minister has... read more

European Catholics fear erosion of religious freedoms across continent

by Jonathan Luxmoore, National Catholic Reporter, April 6, 2021 20210322T1115-EUROPE-CHURCHES-FREEDOM-1167921 crop.jpgA woman prays alongside a barrier inside the Cologne Cathedral in Germany March 15, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. (CNS/Reuters/Thilo Schmuelgen)A woman prays alongside a... read more

Cardinal Parolin: I am sad to see the loss of faith and reason in Europe

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, April 6, 2021 The Vatican Secretary of State said in an interview this week that euthanasia and abortion laws in Europe represent not only a loss of faith but also a loss of reason. “I am very sorry for the loss of faith in our Europe, in our... read more

EU Parliament blasts Poland for protecting disabled babies from abortion

The resolution is titled 'On the de facto ban on the right to abortion in Poland,' but international law recognizes no 'right' to kill babies in the womb.Sat Dec 5, 2020 - 7:27 am EST By Stefano Gennarini, J.D., LifeSite News, December 5, 2020The European Parliament has adopted a resolution... read more

As Europe faces new lockdowns, no uniformity on suspending Mass

Crux Staff, November 3, 2020 As Europe faces new lockdowns, no uniformity on suspending Mass ROME – If Europe’s first wave of coronavirus lockdowns in the spring brought basic uniformity for the Catholic Church, in that public Masses were suspended more or less across the Old Continent,... read more
Bishop Georg Bätzing

German Catholic bishop dismisses cardinal’s fear that ‘Synodal Way’ could lead to split

CNA Staff, September 18, 2020 The president of the German bishops’ conference dismissed Friday suggestions that the controversial “Synodal Way” could lead to a split in the Church. Bishop Georg Bätzing made the comment Sept. 18 after Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne said that... read more

Caution, panic a delicate balance in Rome as coronavirus empties city

By Elise Ann Allen, Crux, March 5, 2020 ROME - With more events being cancelled and popular sites growing increasingly vacant amid Italy’s coronavirus outbreak, many in Rome find themselves torn between exercising caution and wanting to avoid panic. Speaking of the recent decision to send... read more

German Jesuit, Key Influence on ‘Synodal Path,’ Resigns Position

As secretary of the German bishops’ conference, the Jesuit priest has shaped the direction of the German Church for the past quarter century and has been a leading figure behind its controversial current ‘synodal path.’ By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, February 25,... read more

Prominent German Catholics publicly resist bishops’ plan to ‘Protestantize’ Church in Germany

German profs, journalists, and other Catholic personalities have banded together to oppose the German bishops’ synodal path. By Maike Hickson, LifeSite, February 26, 2020 Prominent German Catholics who are faithful to the Church and her perennial teachings have come out publicly to... read more

UK health service clarifies policy to deny care to ‘homophobic’ patients

By Christine Rousselle, Catholic News Agency, February 19, 2020 Britain’s National Health Service has clarified a new policy that will allow patients found to be homophoic, racist, and sexist to be denied non-emergency treatment. “A person’s personal beliefs or any historical views... read more

German theologian spearheads transition to a ‘gender appropriate’ Catholic Church

By Claire Giangrave, National catholic Reporter, February 19, 2020 From left, Cardinal Michael Czerny, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and Sister Augusta de Oliveira hold a copy of the post-synodal apostolic exhortation "Querida Amazonia" written by Pope Francis during a press conference at the... read more
World AIDS Day charity concert, St. Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Vienna, Nov. 30, 2018.

Vienna Cardinal Schönborn to host ‘blasphemous’ pro-LGBT benefit concert in Cathedral again