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Archbishop Aupetit prepares to sue French magazine for defamation

Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris. / Ibex73 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Paris, France, Dec 16, 2021 / 06:35 am (CNA).

Paris Match published images of the archbishop taken with a telephoto lens.

St. Januarius’ blood fails to liquefy at start of December anniversary

The reliquary of St. Januarius is held by the celebrant at Mass in Naples Cathedral, Italy, Dec. 16, 2021. / Screenshot from

Naples, Italy, Dec 16, 2021 / 05:10 am (CNA).

The blood of St. Januarius, patron of the Italian city of Naples, has so far remained solid on Thursday, after having liquefied both in May and September this year.

‘Austria prays’: A nation turns to the rosary for an end to the pandemic

A statue of the Virgin Mary outside the Pfarrkirche St. Alban in Matrei in Osttirol, Austria. / josefkubes via Shutterstock.

Markt Piesting, Austria, Dec 16, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

The prayer movement is spreading to Germany, Switzerland, and the U.S.

Catholic archdiocese of Malta says it could not have foreseen alleged ‘land grab’

The Archbishop’s Curia at St. Calcidonius Square in Floriana, Malta. / Frank Vincentz via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Floriana, Malta, Dec 15, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The intricate dispute can be traced back to 1675.

Catholic university in Rome attracts criticism for handling of plagiarism accusations

The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome has been criticized for its response to claims about plagiarism in past doctoral dissertations / Pontifical Gregorian University

Rome, Italy, Dec 14, 2021 / 09:30 am (CNA).

A Catholic university in Rome has been criticized for its response to claims that some past students may have plagiarized their doctoral dissertations.

Amid strikes and protests against Italy’s vaccine rules, a Catholic thinker warns of government overreach

Stefano Fontana, director of the Van Thuan Observatory in Trieste, Italy. / Courtesy of the Van Thuan Observatory.

Rome Newsroom, Dec 14, 2021 / 08:45 am (CNA).

All workers are required to show a Green Pass certificate.

Diocese announces sanctions on Spanish bishop who attempted marriage

Bishop Xavier Novell Gomà, Bishop Emeritus of Solsona. / Conferencia Episcopal Española via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Solsona, Spain, Dec 13, 2021 / 18:19 pm (CNA).

The apostolic administrator of Solsona announced Saturday that the diocese’s former bishop, Xavier Novell i Gomà, had incurred suspension when he attempted marriage last month.

Two Jesuit priests win 2021 Centesimus Annus prize for Catholic social teaching

St. John Paul II, founder of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, circa 1992. / L'Osservatore Romano.

Rome, Italy, Dec 13, 2021 / 17:00 pm (CNA).

Two Jesuit priests have been named the winners of the 2021 edition of the Centesimus Annus Foundation’s prize for writing on Catholic social teaching.

He said what?? Bishop sparks backlash over Santa Claus comments

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Rome Newsroom, Dec 13, 2021 / 13:08 pm (CNA).

An Italian bishop is on parents' naughty list for telling children that Santa Claus isn't real.

France’s interior minister condemns threats against Catholics during procession

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin. / Pierrot75005 via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Nanterre, France, Dec 12, 2021 / 07:45 am (CNA).

Gérald Darmanin deplored what he said were ‘unacceptable acts.’