Category: World Report

Pope addresses Communion questions on papal flight

The debate about denying Communion to politicians who support abortion must be handled in a pastoral way, not by public condemnations that seek to “excommunicate” Catholics who are not in line with Church teaching, Pope Francis said. During his return flight from Bratislava, Slovakia, September 15, the Pope said that while there is no question…

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Live Action says Google’s removal of pro-life ads ‘unprecedented’

According to US pro-life group Live Action, the search engine Google cancelled its advertisements for abortion pill reversal services. The act is further evidence of Google’s pro-abortion biases, a leading pro-life activist told CNA. “In a dramatic and unprecedented move, Google has sided squarely with extremist pro-abortion political ideology, banning the pro-life counterpoint and life-saving…

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Vatican Roundup

Pope to lay associations: Be aware of the apostolic power you have Pope Francis opened his discourse to moderators of associations of the Faithful, ecclesial movements and new communities, gathered for a meeting organised by the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, by thanking all those present for being there. “And thank you…

In Brief

New Belarusian archbishop welcomed amid ongoing repression Catholic leaders in Belarus welcomed a new head for its archdiocese after a nine-month interregnum, although some activists warned the new archbishop could be constrained in opposing repression in the former Soviet republic. Pope Francis named Auxiliary Bishop Iosif Staneuski, 52, of Grodno as archbishop of Minsk-Mohilev September…

Biden administration sues Texas over pro-life law

The Biden administration September 9 sued Texas over its new law prohibiting most abortions after the detection of a foetal heartbeat. In a complaint filed in a federal district court in West Texas, the Justice Department said the state acted “in open defiance of the Constitution” in restricting “most pre-viability abortions.” “The Act is clearly…

Belarus Church denounces anti-Catholic cartoon depicting priests as Nazis

The bishops’ conference of Belarus accused state media of stoking anti-Catholic feeling, after an official newspaper equated priests with Nazis in a front-page cartoon. “This publication inflicts moral damage on Christians of all denominations – it deliberately, maliciously distorts the truth,” the conference said September 7. “A caricature in which the cross turns into a…