Category: World Report

US bishops welcome Biden’s repeal of travel ban

After President Joe Biden on his first day in office revoked a travel ban from certain Muslim-majority and African countries, leading US bishops praised the move. “We welcome yesterday’s Proclamation, which will help ensure that those fleeing persecution and seeking refuge or seeking to reunify with family in the United States will not be turned…

Australian agency admits €1.2 billion error in reporting Vatican bank transfers

Australia’s financial crime watchdog agency said it over-estimated by the equivalent of more than €1.24 billion the amount of money transferred from the Vatican to Australia between 2014 and 2020. According to The Australian, a daily newspaper, “A computer coding error is believed to be the source of the miscalculation”, with financial transfers involving Italy…

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‘We need the Lord to cast out demon of division in our nation,’ US cardinal says

Celebrating a livestreamed Mass for the community of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington January 13, Cardinal Wilton D. Gregory noted how sometimes the readings of the day “fit our lives so perfectly”. They “somehow almost mystically describe where we are at this moment”, he said. Washington’s archbishop then pointed out how that day’s Gospel…

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Vatican Roundup

Vatican modifies distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday The Congregation for Divine Worship announced that the ashes will be “sprinkled” rather than applied as a paste and the priest will “say nothing” while doing so. The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published the note ahead of the beginning of Lent,…

In Brief

Bishops urge French Catholics to pray and fast as bioethics bill returns to Senate French bishops asked Catholics on Wednesday January 13 to pray and fast for the next four Fridays for respect for human life from conception in response to new legislation. The bishops of France called on “all Catholics, as well as men…