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Police block bishop from leaving office to celebrate Mass

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Nicaraguan military bishop

Riot police from the Nicaraguan military blocked the bishop of Matagalpa, José Álvarez Lagos, and six other priests from leaving the diocesan offices to celebrate Mass on Thursday 4 August. “I wanted to leave for the cathedral to do the holy hour, the holy Mass, but obviously the higher authorities haven’t given permission, we are Read more

Transgender clinic closes; unsafe for children

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Transgender clinic

The UK’s National Health Service controversial child transgender clinic will shut its doors after a damning report found it was ‘not safe’ for children. The closure comes in response to an ongoing review led by senior paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass, who warned the gender clinic was ‘not a safe or viable long-term option’. Trans-medicine is Read more

Mexican priests could avoid being murdered by wearing cassocks

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Mexican priests wearing

A bishop has suggested that Catholic priests in the Mexican state of Guerrero could avoid being victims of violence by wearing religious dress. Bishop Jesús González Hernández of Chilpancingo-Chilapa diocese explained that the use of Roman collars or cassocks could identify priests, so they would not be targeted in error. A recent report by the Read more

Melbourne Archdiocese wants to be excused from civil damage charges

Monday, August 8th, 2022
Pell civil case

The Archdiocese of Melbourne indicated it wants to rely on the “Ellis defence” to be excused from a civil damages case involving Cardinal George Pell. The Ellis defence emerged from a 2007 NSW Court of Appeal judgement that prevented an abuse survivor from suing the Church because it was not a legal entity. Survivors have Read more

Vatican’s £124m investment property case UK ‘trial of the century’

Monday, August 8th, 2022
investment property

The Vatican’s £124m investment property deal with a British financier will be scrutinised by the English Courts. It will be the first time in the Vatican’s 2,000 year history it has had to appear before UK judges. Some are calling it the trial of the century. The issue involves a complex land deal in London Read more

First local priest appointed bishop in American Samoa

Monday, August 8th, 2022
American Samoa

American Samoa is celebrating. Particularly the Catholic Church. For the first time, the Pope has chosen a local priest to be bishop of the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago. Father Kolio Etuale (49) is the Chancellor and Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish Tafuna. He will initially be the Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese. When Bishop Read more

Legal abortions fall by 90% in Poland after court eliminates exception for fetal defects

Monday, August 8th, 2022

The number of legal abortions in Poland decreased by 90% in 2021 following a court ruling that banned abortion in the case of a fetal medical diagnosis such as Down syndrome. According to a report by the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, data from the Ministry of Health shows that the number of legal abortions in the Read more

Pope meets Russian Orthodox number two before meeting with Patriarch

Monday, August 8th, 2022

Pope Francis met Bishop Anthony, the second most influential leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, on Friday ahead of an expected summit next month with its Patriarch Kirill, who supports the war in Ukraine. It was their first meeting since Anthony’s predecessor, Hilarion, was ousted in June in an abrupt decision indicating discord at the Read more

The CDC is tracking a new Covid ‘variant of concern’ that’s overtaking earlier Omicron strains

Monday, August 8th, 2022

New lineages of the Omicron Covid variant, like BA.4 and BA.5, are helping to spark a wave of reinfections as people who previously caught Covid-19 contract Covid again. Now the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking a new “variant of concern”: BA.4.6. This week, the CDC included the BA.4 spinoff in Read more

Nicaragua shuts 7 Catholic radio stations

Thursday, August 4th, 2022
Catholic radio stations

The government of Nicaragua has ordered the closure of seven Catholic radio stations linked to a bishop who has been critical of the country’s president, Daniel Ortega. Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who serves as the radio’s coordinator and leads the remote northern Matagalpa diocese, announced the closures on Monday. Álvarez said he had received a letter Read more