In Ukraine, Churches confront fearsome suffering

Kyiv, Ukraine, Apr 2, 2015 / 04:10 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol was stunned by the Russian annexation of Crimea and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine. “No one expected that another war would be carried out on European soil in this day and age,” the Roman Catholic prelate told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need in March. The annexation has literally ripped apart his diocese, which was only established … [Read more...]

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In open letter, 500 British priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Westminster, England, Mar 30, 2015 / 04:54 pm (CNA).- In an unusual move, nearly 500 British priests signed an open letter urging the fathers of the upcoming Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality. The letter was published March 24 by the Catholic Herald and has already caused a stir in the local Church and the Catholic blogosphere. The priests, sensing confusion among the laity after last year’s synod, … [Read more...]

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A ‘wee movie with a big message’ for the people of Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland, Mar 29, 2015 / 02:35 am (CNA).- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.   “It’s a wee movie with a big message – bringing the joy of the Gospel to a contemporary Scottish society in desperate need of the healing love of Jesus Christ,” Archbishop Cushley said March 29.   The plans … [Read more...]

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London Catholic school believes government order threatens its identity

London, England, Mar 26, 2015 / 04:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A prestigious Catholic school in London fears that altering its admissions criteria – as it was ordered to do by an English government agency following a complaint from the British Humanist Association – will damage its Christian identity. The London Oratory School came under review by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) after a complaint from the British Humanist Association said its faith-based admissions policy … [Read more...]

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Catholics in England gather to pray for Richard III, one of their own

Nottingham, England, Mar 25, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In preparation for the reinterment of the remains of Richard III, a 15th century English king whose body was only recently rediscovered, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has offered Compline and a Requiem Mass for the late monarch. “This evening we fulfil a profound and essential Christian duty: that of praying for the dead, for the repose of their eternal souls,” Cardinal Nichols preached during a March 23 … [Read more...]

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New bishop in England looks forward to proclaiming Christ ‘with God’s help’

Brighton, U.K., Mar 25, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Saturday, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Richard Moth of the British military diocese as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, where he looks forward to serving the Church and sharing the Gospel. “It is a great privilege to have been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Bishop of Arundel & Brighton and I am very conscious of the trust that has been placed in me,” Bishop Moth said March 21. “In these last fifty … [Read more...]

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Vatican offers solidarity for victims of Alps plane crash

Digne, France, Mar 24, 2015 / 01:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a Germanwings Airbus carrying 150 people crashed Tuesday in the French Alps, the Holy See has assured the Pope's prayers for the departed and has offered solidarity with the victims’ families. “Having learned of the tragic plane crash in the Digne region, which has claimed numerous victims, including several children, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in their families mourning, showing his closeness to their … [Read more...]

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