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U.S. Bishops Praise SCOTUS Decision, Slam Obama-Biden HHS Mandate

U.S. Bishops Praise SCOTUS Decision, Slam Obama-Biden HHS Mandate

Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference praised the Supreme Court’s defense of the Little Sisters of the Poor against immoral bullying while underscoring deeper problems that remain with the Obama-era Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate.

African Cardinal Blasts BLM for Betraying Black Community

African Cardinal Blasts BLM for Betraying Black Community

A South African cardinal has denounced the hijacking of Black Lives Matter (BLM), which is now “committed to dismantling the very values, structure and institutions” central to a healthy society.

Italy's Matteo Salvini Slams Chinese Communists over Hong Kong

Italy's Matteo Salvini Slams Chinese Communists over Hong Kong

The leader of Italy’s leading party declared Friday that China’s communist regime has nothing in common with Italian democracy, while condemning Italy’s official silence on Beijing’s crackdown on Hong Kong.

U.S. Bishops Condemn ‘Cruel’ SCOTUS Pro-Abortion Ruling

U.S. Bishops Condemn ‘Cruel’ SCOTUS Pro-Abortion Ruling

The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ committee for pro-life activities denounced Monday’s Supreme Court decision that perpetuates the “cruel precedent” of prioritizing the abortion industry over women’s health and well-being.

Mike Pompeo Assails China’s ‘Decades-Long War on Faith’

Mike Pompeo Assails China’s ‘Decades-Long War on Faith’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted China’s egregious violations of religious liberty, telling journalists on Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party has been waging a “decades-long war on faith.

Vatican Hints at Renewal of Secret Accord with China

Vatican Hints at Renewal of Secret Accord with China

Vatican Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli said on Italian television this week that a secret agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops is likely to be renewed this coming year.

D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory Defends his Partisan Attack on Trump

D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory Defends his Partisan Attack on Trump

The Catholic archbishop of Washington, DC, Wilton Gregory, has doubled down on an earlier statement slamming the Saint John Paul II Shrine for allowing President Trump and the First Lady to visit the sanctuary before issuing an Executive Order on International Religious Liberty.

Cardinal Joseph Zen Condemns Vatican Silence on Hong Kong

Cardinal Joseph Zen Condemns Vatican Silence on Hong Kong

The redoubtable former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, said this week that due to the Vatican’s “foolish” appeasement policy toward Communist China, the Holy See cannot be expected to come to the defense of Hong Kong protesters.

Italian Expert: Coronavirus ‘No Longer Exists’ Clinically

Italian Expert: Coronavirus ‘No Longer Exists’ Clinically

Dr. Alberto Zangrillo, the head of intensive care at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan, told Italian media Sunday that Italy has beaten the coronavirus and it is counterproductive to keep attention focused on it.

Italy: One in Three Businesses Will Not Reopen After Lockdown

Italy: One in Three Businesses Will Not Reopen After Lockdown

The long-term cost of Italy’s nationwide coronavirus lockdown is slowly emerging as media report that nearly a third of the country’s businesses will not reopen and millions remain without work or income.

Vatican Bank Says It Holds No Investments in Fossil Fuels

Vatican Bank Says It Holds No Investments in Fossil Fuels

The director general of the Vatican bank, Gian Franco Mammì, confirmed this week that the institution holds no investments in the fossil fuel industry, apparently in response to challenges from climate change activists.

Faith-Based Groups Announce Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Faith-Based Groups Announce Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Forty-two progressive faith-based institutions from 14 countries announced are divesting from the fossil fuel industry, the largest ever such joint announcement from religious groups.

Vandals Cut Down Monumental Iron Cross in France

Vandals Cut Down Monumental Iron Cross in France

Vandals have cut down the iconic iron cross surmounting the summit of Pic Saint-Loup in southern France, hewing through the vertical beam one meter above the base.

UK Bishops Protest Delay in Opening Churches Amidst Lockdown Easing

UK Bishops Protest Delay in Opening Churches Amidst Lockdown Easing

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has released a statement accusing the government of failing to recognize the “spiritual needs” of the people in its plan to relax restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Father Pavone: 2020 Election Is About a ‘Clash of Worldviews’

Father Pavone: 2020 Election Is About a ‘Clash of Worldviews’

The 2020 presidential election is not so much a clash of personalities as a “clash of worldviews,” writes Father Frank Pavone, and at the core of the battle is people’s views on the right to life of the unborn.

Mob of Armed Men Storm Christian Church in Pakistan

Mob of Armed Men Storm Christian Church in Pakistan

A group of armed men raided a Christian church in Punjab, Pakistan, on Saturday, desecrating a cross and demolishing a gate and a boundary wall, L’Observatoire de la Christianophobie reported Monday.

Germany’s Das Bild Says ‘Lockdown Was a Huge Mistake’

Germany’s Das Bild Says ‘Lockdown Was a Huge Mistake’

Europe’s best-selling newspaper announced this weekend the lockdown in response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic was a “huge mistake,” citing a number of public intellectuals critical of the country’s official response.

Italy Announces Return to Public Worship on May 18th

Italy Announces Return to Public Worship on May 18th

Italy’s Catholic bishops’ conference (CEI) announced this week that an accord has been reached with the government for the re-initiation of public worship, with a series of restrictions.

Muslim-Vatican Group Calls for Common Day of Prayer to End Coronavirus Pandemic

Muslim-Vatican Group Calls for Common Day of Prayer to End Coronavirus Pandemic

The Vatican-sponsored Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has called for a common day of prayer and fasting, asserting that the world is “facing a great danger that threatens the lives of millions of people around the world due to the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.