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Leading laywoman and Co-President of German 'Synodal Way' calls for 'nationwide provision of abortion'

Irme Stetter-Karp, president of the Central Committee of German Catholics. /

Berlin, Germany, Jul 14, 2022 / 03:31 am (CNA).

A leading laywoman and co-president of the German "Synodal Way" has demanded that "abortion be made available nationwide".

Why the heritage listing of this 'radical' English cathedral might signal a change in attitude

The Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Helen in the Diocese of Brentwood, Essex (UK). / Historic England Archive

Brentwood, England, Jul 14, 2022 / 02:11 am (CNA).

The first classical cathedral to be built in England since St. Paul’s Cathedral has achieved a coveted recognition that shows a changing attittude to "serious classical architecture", according to its architect.

Fire destroys half of the Chapels of Light at Lourdes shrine

A panoramic view of the burned area and an image of Our Lady affected by a fire at the Lourdes shrine in France, July 11, 2022. / Credit: Sanctuary of Lourdes

Denver Newsroom, Jul 12, 2022 / 16:19 pm (CNA).

The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France estimated damages to be a little more than $1.5 million.

Pope Francis jokes about upcoming Canada trip: 'They say it's not easy, I think it is'

Pope Francis prays the Angelus from the window of the Apostolic Palace, July 3, 2022. / Vatican Media/CNA

Rome, Italy, Jul 11, 2022 / 15:31 pm (CNA).

After visiting a community of Jesuits in Rome this weekend, Pope Francis joked about his upcoming trip to Canada, from July 24-30.

Church of England lacks 'official definition' of woman, bishop says

Lambeth Palace, London, residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. / TK Kurikawa/Shutterstock

Denver Newsroom, Jul 11, 2022 / 15:11 pm (CNA).

Robert Innes, the Church of England’s Bishop in Europe, has said that that ecclesial community has no definition of a woman because such definitions were long thought self-evident.

European Parliament calls on Vatican to support Cardinal Zen

Cardinal Joseph Zen. / Iris Tong via Wikimedia (Public Domain).

Strasbourg, France, Jul 8, 2022 / 04:24 am (CNA).

The European Parliament has called on the Vatican "to give full support to Cardinal Zen" and told the Holy See it should "strengthen its diplomatic efforts and its leverage on the Chinese authorities".

'Women deserve better': Experts criticize EU Parliament resolution on ‘right to abortion’

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. / fotogoocom via Wikimedia (CC BY 3.0).

Rome Newsroom, Jul 7, 2022 / 02:20 am (CNA).

Legal experts have called “inaccurate and misleading” a proposed resolution by the European Parliament to include a “right to abortion” in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

Vox party files complaint against journalist for inciting destruction of abbey in Spain

The Valley of the Fallen. / Matej Kastelic/Shutterstock.

Denver Newsroom, Jul 6, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

The journalist was cited for a hate crime for encouraging on air that the basilica and abbey at of the Valley of the Fallen memorial complex northwest of Madrid be blown up “with dynamite.”

Archbishop Gänswein moved to tears over Benedict XVI's comment about journey to heaven

Archbishop Gänswein and Pope emeritus Benedict XVI / Credit: EWTN/Paul Badde, Mazur/

Denver Newsroom, Jul 5, 2022 / 18:10 pm (CNA).

The pope emeritus’ personal secretary recalled the words during a June celebration organized by the Joseph Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI Foundation for the 95th birthday of the pope.

English courts to reconsider life support for Archie Battersbee, severely brain-injured boy

The Court of Appeal is based at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. / Anthony M. from Rome, Italy - Flickr via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Denver Newsroom, Jun 29, 2022 / 18:00 pm (CNA).

England’s High Court must hold another hearing to determine whether ending the life support of a severely injured 12-year-old boy, Archie Battersbee, is indeed in the boy’s best interest, an appeals court has said.