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Polish bishops launch ‘day of prayer’ for unborn after lawmakers advance pro-abortion bills

Jaroslaw Kaczynski (front, center), leader of the Law and Justice political party (PiS) in Poland, takes part in the voting on four draft projects on abortion rights at the Polish Parliament (SEJM) on April 12, 2024, in Warsaw, Poland. / Credit: Omar Marques/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 12, 2024 / 15:00 pm (CNA).

Lawmakers on Friday advanced four pro-abortion bills to be considered by a special committee in the Sejm, which is Poland’s lower legislative body.

Germany thwarts terror plot: Teenage suspects reportedly planned attacks on churches

German police cars (file image) / Mike Baumeister via Unsplah (CC0)

CNA Newsroom, Apr 12, 2024 / 14:00 pm (CNA).

The Düsseldorf public prosecutor’s office revealed that the suspects, between 15 and 16 years old, were apprehended over the Easter weekend.

Pope Francis makes surprise visit to 200 children for catechism in Rome suburb

Pope Francis meets with a group of 200 children studying catechism and in a relaxed manner answered some of their questions on April 11, 2024, at St. John Mary Vianney Parish in Borghesiana, Italy. / Credit: Vatican Media

ACI Prensa Staff, Apr 12, 2024 / 13:30 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis made a special “getaway” from the Vatican on Thursday to meet with a group of 200 children at a parish in metro Rome.

From papal secretary to nuncio? Report of a diplomatic role for Gänswein unconfirmed

Archbishop Georg Gänswein and Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square, May 21, 2014. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

CNA Newsroom, Apr 12, 2024 / 10:25 am (CNA).

While speculation is again running rife on social media about Archbishop Georg Gänswein’s next role, neither he nor the Vatican have confirmed a nuncio posting.

Portuguese bishops announce financial compensation fund for Church abuse victims

On April 11, 2024, Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho Leiria-Fátima, Portugal, said that a “fundamental team” would be convened in order to determine the total amounts of compensation awarded to abuse victims.  / Credit: Santuário de Fátima

CNA Staff, Apr 11, 2024 / 15:25 pm (CNA).

An independent commission authorized by the Portuguese bishops found that thousands of children had been sexually abused by priests and others.

Bishop-elect dies within days of his episcopal consecration 

The consecration of Father Martin Chambers as the new bishop of Dunkeld, Scotland had been scheduled for April 27. / Credit: Diocese of Dunkeld/Shutterstock

ACI Prensa Staff, Apr 11, 2024 / 14:05 pm (CNA).

The Diocese of Dunkeld, Scotland, announced that Father Martin Chambers passed away at the age of 59 just weeks before being consecrated bishop.

Report: Society of St. Pius X priest admits to years of sexual misconduct with minors

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CNA Newsroom, Apr 11, 2024 / 06:45 am (CNA).

“I ask for forgiveness from the victims and deeply regret everything I have done,” the priest said.

After protest from Catholics, blasphemous potato chip ad ordered pulled in Italy

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CNA Staff, Apr 10, 2024 / 10:50 am (CNA).

In the advertisement, an abbess fills a ciborium with potato chips instead of Eucharistic hosts prior to Mass.

Foundation releases never-before-seen images of Padre Pio

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Saint Pio Foundation in the United States on April 29, 2024, will release 10 never-before-seen photographs of Padre Pio. The foundation’s director, Luciano Lamonarca, discovered the photos when visiting photographer Elia Saleto’s studio. / Credit: Courtesy of the St. Pio Foundation

CNA Staff, Apr 10, 2024 / 06:00 am (CNA).

To mark its 10th anniversary, the Saint Pio Foundation in the United States will release all 10 photographs of Padre Pio on April 29.

Catholic bishops say abortion can ‘never be a fundamental right’ ahead of EU charter vote

A plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. / Credit: MichalPL via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

CNA Staff, Apr 9, 2024 / 17:30 pm (CNA).

Catholic bishops in the European Union reiterated that a right to abortion can never be a “fundamental” right ahead of a Thursday vote to amend the EU charter.