Category: World Report

Coronavirus kills more than 50 priests in Italy

Dioceses in Italy have reported the deaths of around 50 priests as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, according to official Church sources in the country. Avvenire, the Italian newspaper owned by the Italian bishops’ conference, attributes the majority of these priests’ deaths to Covid-19. The publication also noted two cases where Fr Guido…

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New Zealand bishops criticise new/liberal abortion law

Bishops in New Zealand have criticised the decision to pass a new abortion bill approved by the country’s legislature last week. The country’s House of Representatives passed the Abortion Legislation Bill on March 18, legalising abortion throughout the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. “There is no longer any recognition of the rights of the unborn…

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All public Masses in Britain are suspended

Public Masses across England, Wales and Scotland have been suspended indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak. The bishops’ conference of England and Wales announced last week that, as of March 20, there will be no public acts of worship. However, they said that churches would remain open for private prayer. “During these disturbing and threatening times,…

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In Brief

Indian parish sews and distributes free face masks A Catholic parish in India has stepped in to distribute free face masks in response to a huge shortage and surge in prices due to the panic caused by the coronavirus. Little Flower Latin Church is on a mission to provide materials free of charge to other…

Vatican Roundup

 Vatican Pope Francis has created a new law that will regulate the judicial system of the Vatican City State. The new law, announced last week, will provide greater independence for the judiciary and simplify judicial processes. According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the new…

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Biden and Sanders eye up the Catholic vote

Letter from America Christopher White   One of the more intriguing events that takes place during the US presidential election cycle every four years is the annual Al Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, which has traditionally brought together the leading two contenders with the Archbishop of New York sandwiched in between them, responsible for keeping the…

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