Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Irish President Michael Higgins during a private audience at the Vatican Sept. 17, 2021. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Hargaden
Even Queen Elizabeth II is expected to attend this week’s ecumenical “Service of Reflection and Hope.” So why has the president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, turned down his invitation?
A photo of Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died as a teenager in 2006.
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Junno Arocho Esteves - Catholic News Service
In a statement released Oct. 11, the Diocese of Assisi said that since his beatification one year ago, an estimated 117,000 pilgrims visited the teen’s tomb in the Shrine of the Renunciation at the Church of St. Mary Major in Assisi.
Commission president Jean-Marc Sauve, left, hands large, bound copies of the report to Catholic Bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the Bishops' Conference of France on Tuesday.
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Sylvie Corbet - Associated Press
The 2,500-page document was issued as the Catholic Church in France, like in other countries, seeks to face up to shameful secrets that were long covered up.
Bishop Georg Bätzing, wearing a red chasuble, carries a sharp-tipped crozier at the beginning of the autumn plenary meeting of German bishops.
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Catholic News Service
While some bishops have called for rapid and dramatic changes to the German church, representatives from the Vatican have underscored the need for unity and deliberation.
Brazilian Sisters of Providence celebrate a novice’s final vow ceremony with a ‘selfie’ in September 2020. Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence
FaithDispatches
Filipe Domingues
Besides taking up the challenge of exploring new frontiers of evangelization in Africa, Asia and Latin America, Brazilian women religious have also become evangelizers of the “old continent,” Europe, where female vocations have radically declined in recent decades.
Jonathan Goodall, formerly the Anglican bishop of Ebbsfleet, stands (at right) with Pope Benedict XVI and then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
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Doug Girardot
Why, and how, do high-profile figures in the Church of England make the swim across the Tiber?