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Pope Francis speaks to Italy’s Catholic bishops in ‘strictly private’ meeting

Pope Francis addresses the Italian bishops’ conference in Rome, Nov. 22, 2021. / Vatican Media.

Rome, Italy, Nov 23, 2021 / 05:00 am (CNA).

Pope Francis gave the bishops a card with a meditation called ‘The Beatitudes of the Bishop.’

Catholic priest guillotined by Nazis is beatified in Poland

The beatification of Fr. Jan Macha in Katowice, Poland, Nov. 20, 2021. / Screenshot from Katedra Katowice YouTube channel.

Katowice, Poland, Nov 20, 2021 / 04:05 am (CNA).

Fr. Jan Macha was executed in 1942, after serving just 1,257 days as a priest.

English and Welsh bishops urge Catholics to renew commitment to Sunday Mass

A post-plenary press conference at the London headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Nov. 19, 2021. / Mazur/

London, England, Nov 19, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

But they acknowledged that the pandemic still posed obstacles to regular church attendance.

Influential German Catholic lay group elects new leader

Irme Stetter-Karp, the new president of the Central Committee of German Catholics. /

Berlin, Germany, Nov 19, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

Irme Stetter-Karp succeeds the high-profile Thomas Sternberg.

Caritas Poland leader: We’ll help those in need for as long as Belarus border crisis lasts

Fr. Marcin Iżycki, director of Caritas Poland, speaks during a press conference on the Belarus border crisis. / Caritas Poland.

Podlipki, Poland, Nov 19, 2021 / 05:30 am (CNA).

The Catholic Church in Belarus is also aiding migrants at the border.

Cardinal Sarah calls Catholic priests to spiritual renewal in new book

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019. / Evandro Inetti/CNA

Rome Newsroom, Nov 18, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said.

Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master to be buried in Maltese cathedral’s crypt

Fra’ Matthew Festing, the Order of Malta’s 79th Grand Master, pictured on Feb. 18, 2013, at the order’s headquarters in Rome. / Estefania Aguirre/CNA.

Valletta, Malta, Nov 18, 2021 / 06:10 am (CNA).

The funeral will be held on Dec. 3 at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

Two Irish Catholic dioceses will soon be under the leadership of one bishop

The Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, Galway, Ireland. / Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Rome Newsroom, Nov 17, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The dioceses will not be merged.

Star on Sagrada Familia’s Marian tower to light up Barcelona’s skyline

The 12-pointed star of the Sagrada Família Basilica’s Tower of the Virgin Mary. / Sagrada Família Basilica.

Barcelona, Spain, Nov 17, 2021 / 08:00 am (CNA).

The star will be visible across the city, both day and night.

Catholic charity announces $5.6M to help Lebanon and Syria’s Christians

Mass is celebrated in Baalbek, Lebanon. / Aid to the Church in Need.

Rome Newsroom, Nov 17, 2021 / 06:10 am (CNA).

The funds will help to support young newlyweds.