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The Sistine Chapel was consecrated to Our Lady of the Assumption: 5 things to know

The Sistine Chapel. / Shutterstock.

Boston, Mass., Aug 14, 2022 / 06:47 am (CNA).

The chapel derives its name from the man who consecrated it: Pope Sixtus IV, who served as the Roman Pontiff from 1471 to 1484.

A ‘non-binary’ Joan of Arc? Theater's spin on Catholic heroine stirs backlash

Side view of the gilded statue of Joan of Arc at Place des Pyramides in Paris, France. / Shutterstock

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 12, 2022 / 16:30 pm (CNA).

The production will portray the French heroine as a “queer” character who refers to herself with “they/them” pronouns.

Germany denies refuge to Christian convert from Iran

European Court of Human Rights. / CherryX/wikmedia. CC BY-SA 3.0

CNA Newsroom, Aug 12, 2022 / 04:05 am (CNA).

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed the case of an Iranian convert to Christianity, who is appealing his deportation from Germany back to Iran, on the grounds of religious freedom. 

Why the world’s largest cross and its custodians are under imminent threat in Spain

The cross in the Valley of the Fallen is erected over a granite outcrop, 150 meters over the basilica. / Estefanía Aguirre

Madrid, Spain, Aug 12, 2022 / 01:32 am (CNA).

In a move that could destroy the largest cross in the world, Spain’s government wants to turn the world’s longest basilica into a “museum of the horrors of Franco.”

Majority of German Catholics don't like Church being against abortion, poll finds

The 2021 March for Life in Berlin, Germany. / Rudolf Gehrig/CNA Deutsch.

CNA Newsroom, Aug 11, 2022 / 06:58 am (CNA).

According to a new representative poll, 58% of German Catholics do not like "the fact that the Pope and the Church speak out against abortions." 

Spanish shrine where Our Lady of Fatima appeared to Sister Lucía is falling into ruin

Sister Lucia, seer of Fatima (left); detail of the sanctuary of Pontevedra (right) / Photo credits: Facebook, Virgin of Fatima /

ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 11, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA).

The place where Our Lady called for the first Saturday devotion needs urgent reconstruction work.

Is Latin more effective in driving out demons? An exorcist responds

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ACI Prensa Staff, Aug 10, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA).

Father Francisco Torres Ruiz of the Diocese of Plasencia, Spain, said many wonder if an exorcism ritual from 1614 is better than one promulgated by St. John Paul II in 2000.

Young Catholics in Ireland say their voices have not been heard during synodal process

Celtic Cross on the hill at Cashel, Tipperary, Ireland. / Tom Haymes (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

CNA Newsroom, Aug 10, 2022 / 01:54 am (CNA).

A group of 500 young Catholics in Ireland have signed a letter saying they love the Church’s teaching, but that their voices had not been heard in the process leading up to the Synod on Synodality in Rome.

Pro-lifers react with dismay to news that Irish government plans to fine for praying near abortion clinic

The flag of the Republic of Ireland. / Michael Care Anderson (CC BY-NC 2.0).

CNA Newsroom, Aug 9, 2022 / 09:51 am (CNA).

Pro-life campaigners and advocates for religious freedom in Ireland have expressed dismay following the news that the Irish Government intends to introduce fines and prison sentences for people who pray, hold signs, or try to persuade women not to have abortions while they are within the vicinity of an abortion clinic.

Why did the floor of a Spanish monastery turn blood red once a year for almost 500 years?

The community of Trappist monks of the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain. / Photo credit: Archdiocese of Burgos

Denver Newsroom, Aug 9, 2022 / 04:00 am (CNA).

On Aug. 6 in the year 953, 200 monks living at the monastery of San Pedro de Cardeña in Burgos, Spain, were put to death, martyred by Muslim troops.