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French Catholic academy critiques landmark abuse report

Jean-Marc Sauvé speaks at the launch of the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church report in Paris, France, Oct. 5, 2021. / Screenshot from CIASE Facebook page.

Paris, France, Dec 1, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

The criticisms sparked resignations from the academy.

Pro-lifers win right to appeal ruling on German municipality’s prayer vigil ban

Pavica Vojnović, leader of the pro-life prayer vigils in Pforzheim, Germany. / ADF International.

Pforzheim, Germany, Dec 1, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The challenge was spearheaded by a member of 40 Days for Life.

Dutch Catholic bishops cancel Christmas Midnight Masses due to COVID-19 pandemic

The dome of the Cathedral of St. Bavo in Haarlem, the Netherlands. / Frank de ruyter via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0 NL).

Rome Newsroom, Dec 1, 2021 / 08:30 am (CNA).

No Catholic Masses or other parish functions will be allowed to take place after 5 p.m.

Vatican archbishop ‘ultimately very optimistic’ about Catholic-Serbian Orthodox relations

Vatican Archbishop Paul Gallagher in 2018. / Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äußeres via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0).

Belgrade, Serbia, Dec 1, 2021 / 07:00 am (CNA).

Archbishop Paul Gallagher was speaking during a visit to Serbia.

EU Catholic bishops lament ‘anti-religious bias’ in guide discouraging word ‘Christmas’

Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, S.J., pictured at the Vatican on Oct. 10, 2018. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Brussels, Belgium, Dec 1, 2021 / 03:05 am (CNA).

Cardinal Hollerich said that Christmas was part ‘of European reality.’

Amid protests against Italy’s vaccine rules, Cardinal Parolin says Church’s message is clear

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Verona, Italy, Nov 30, 2021 / 04:00 am (CNA).

A priest blessed the crowd before a ‘No Vax’ march in northern Italy.

Paris archdiocese to present plans for Notre-Dame’s interior amid outcry

Repair scaffolding on Notre-Dame de Paris, November 2019. / Vicente Sargues/Shutterstock.

Paris, France, Nov 29, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

Critics say the proposals would turn the site into ‘a kind of theme park.’

The leader of Afghanistan’s Catholic community longs to return to the country

Fr. Giovanni Scalese, head of the Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan, celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in 2019. / Courtesy photo.

Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).

‘I would not have left the country while even a single sheep was left of my little flock.’

Catholic bishop ‘shocked and saddened’ by Jersey vote for assisted suicide ‘in principle’

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, pictured on May 21, 2015. / Mazur/

Portsmouth, England, Nov 29, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA).

He said the vote showed ‘a woeful lack of interest in protecting the most vulnerable people in our society.’

Paris archbishop asks Pope Francis to decide his future

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

Paris, France, Nov 26, 2021 / 12:12 pm (CNA).

Archbishop Michel Aupetit has denied a report concerning his contacts with a woman in 2012.