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Pope Francis to Italian president: Italy faces ‘crucial choices for the life of the country’

Pope Francis received an audience with President Mattarella on Dec. 16, 2021. / Vatican Media

Rome, Italy, Jul 23, 2022 / 07:00 am (CNA).

Pope Francis sent birthday greetings to Italian President Sergio Mattarella and thanked him for his dedicated service amid "not a few difficulties."

Pope Francis entrusts Canada trip to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014. / Alan Holdren/CNA

Rome, Italy, Jul 22, 2022 / 11:45 am (CNA).

Pope Francis visited a Roman basilica on Friday to ask for the Virgin Mary's intercession and protection ahead of his week-long trip to Canada.

‘Astonished’ German leaders take issue with Holy See’s latest warning about the ‘Synodal Way’

Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg at a press conference of the German "Synodal Way" / Synodaler Weg / Max von Lachner

CNA Newsroom, Jul 22, 2022 / 09:42 am (CNA).

The latest warning by the Holy See about the risk of a new schism from Germany arising from the “Synodal Way” has been sharply rejected and met with “astonishment” by its organizers, who in turn accused Rome of not acting like a synodal Church. 

Pontifical Academy for Life board member: Church teaching on contraception has not changed

Mónica López Barahona, member of the board of the Pontifical Academy for Life. / Derecho a Vivir

Denver Newsroom, Jul 21, 2022 / 13:31 pm (CNA).

Dr. Mónica López Barahona, a member of the Board of Directors of the Pontifical Academy for Life and president of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation in Spain, has clarified that the recent publication of a book by the academy hasn’t changed the bioethical magisterium of Church.

'The Catholic Church remembers Ukraine': Archbishop visits wounded soldiers

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas, accompanied by Father Andriy Zelinsky of the military chaplaincy, met wounded Ukrainian soldiers and their families. / Photo courtesy of Father Andriy Zelinsky

Rome Newsroom, Jul 21, 2022 / 04:15 am (CNA).

Before visiting recently released prisoners of war in Ukraine, the resident of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe spoke about self-defense.

‘Transparency and trust and Christ’: New rector takes helm of North American College seminary

Monsignor Thomas Powers, 24th rector of the Pontifical North American College. / Daniel Ibáñez / CNA

Rome, Italy, Jul 20, 2022 / 10:23 am (CNA).

The new rector of the North American College in Rome (NAC) said he wants the seminary to have an atmosphere of transparency and trust, with Christ being at the center of everything students do.

English grandmother arrested for praying near abortion clinic wins religious freedom challenge

Rose Lalor with her rosary in Liverpool, England. / ADF International

Liverpool, England, Jul 20, 2022 / 01:11 am (CNA).

A 76-year-old English grandmother who was fined for praying near to an abortion clinic has successfully overturned her financial penalty, but human rights campaigners still fear that the initial fine represents “a worrying trend in law enforcement” regarding certain beliefs.

German ‘Synodal Way’ a ‘conscious statement against Catechism,’ says official

Marc Frings speaking at a press conference of the German "Synodal Way" on February 4, 2022 / Synodaler Weg/Max von Lachner

CNA Newsroom, Jul 19, 2022 / 03:21 am (CNA).

The German “Synodal Way” is aiming to change the Church’s teaching on homosexuality by proposing “a conscious statement against the current Catholic catechism," according to a leading protagonist of the controversial process.

Ukrainian Catholic bishops pray for victims of missile strike in Vinnytsia

Among the victims of the Russian missile attack was a four-year-old girl with Down syndrome named Liza. / null

Rome Newsroom, Jul 16, 2022 / 07:30 am (CNA).

Ukrainian Catholic bishops gathered in prayer together for the victims of a Russian missile strike on the city of Vinnytsia, which killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 200.

Spain ombudsman 'concerned' that most doctors refuse to perform abortions

Spanish Ombudsman Ángel Gabilondo “warned” that in Madrid abortions are not performed in public hospitals, a situation that “should be subject to analysis.” / Credit: Congress of Deputies (Spain)

Denver Newsroom, Jul 14, 2022 / 20:00 pm (CNA).

In a letter leaked to a Spanish newspaper July 12, Ángel Gabilondo said the situation “should be subject to assessment and analysis.”