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Swiss bishops’ study finds more than 1,000 cases of clergy sexual abuse

Switzerland. / Credit: Nikolai Lehmann (@lehmannnikolai)/Unsplash

CNA Newsroom, Sep 12, 2023 / 10:35 am (CNA).

The 136-page report documents 1,002 cases of abuse since the mid-20th century involving 510 accused and 921 victims.

Swiss bishop reprimands clergy after viral video of woman ‘concelebrating’ Mass

The Swiss bishops' call for adherence to Catholic "rules" followed an internet controversy over an August 2022 video of a laywoman who seemed to concelebrate Mass with priests. / Katholisches Medienzentrum YouTube screenshot

Denver, Colo., Sep 11, 2023 / 14:45 pm (CNA).

The laywoman stood at the altar in ordinary dress, with two priests beside her. She extended her arms and pronounced with them the words of the Consecration.

Ulma family beatified on a ‘day of joy’ in Poland

A portrait of the Ulma family was unveiled at their beatification Mass on Sept. 10, 2023, in Markowa, Poland. / Credit: Polish Bishops Conference

Markowa, Poland, Sep 10, 2023 / 09:51 am (CNA).

It was the first time the Church has beatified an entire family at the same time.

U.S. bishops call for opening of corridor to allow aid to Armenian Christians 

Armenian Caritas, with the support of Catholic Relief Services and USAID (United States Agency for International Development), launched the Immediate Assistance to Displaced Families of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict program in the Ararat region. Food and non-food assistance is provided to help vulnerable households displaced from Nagorno-Krabakh to meet their needs while they figure out what next steps to take amid the uncertain situation. / Credit: Armenian Caritas

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 8, 2023 / 11:10 am (CNA).

The USCCB said in a press release Thursday that recent reports have indicated a “devastating impact” of the blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh.

There are now 4 shrines dedicated to Mary, Mother of Persecuted Christians

The world’s fourth shrine of Mary, Mother of Persecuted Christians, was dedicated at the Holy Martyrs Syriac Catholic Church in Kista, Northern Stockholm, in Sweden on July 22, 2023. / Photo courtesy of Father Benedict Kiely

London, England, Sep 8, 2023 / 03:00 am (CNA).

On the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we highlight shrines in the United States, England, and Sweden dedicated to praying for persecuted Christians.

Documents identify thousands of Jews hidden by Catholic religious during Nazi occupation of Rome

"Stumbling blocks" in Rome, Italy. Plates inscribed with the name and dates of life of the victim of Nazi persecution. / Shutterstock

Rome Newsroom, Sep 7, 2023 / 08:30 am (CNA).

The newly rediscovered documentation references more than 4,300 people hidden by 100 women’s religious congregations and 55 men’s religious congregations.

Rome Diocese expresses solidarity with anti-Mafia priest following attempted assassination

Father Antonio Coluccia, “anti-Mafia” priest in Rome. / Credit: Vatican News

Rome, Italy, Aug 31, 2023 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

On Tuesday, the priest was participating in a march for law and order and against the Mafia when a man on a motorbike tried to run him over.

Cardinal blesses new German EWTN studio, highlights role in new evangelization

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki blesses the new studio of Catholic TV station EWTN.TV in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 30, 2023. / Credit: EWTN

CNA Newsroom, Aug 31, 2023 / 12:28 pm (CNA).

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki of Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 30 emphasized the importance of the Catholic television network EWTN.TV.

Finnish lawmaker on trial for ‘hate speech’ for defending traditional marriage

Päivi Räsänen, Finland’s interior minister from 2011 to 2015. / Courtesy of ADF International.

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Aug 30, 2023 / 12:15 pm (CNA).

Päivi Räsänen is on trial this week for using Bible verses to express her support for traditional marriage. 

Vatican reassures Ukrainian Catholics that pope did not intend to praise Russian imperialism

Pope Francis and Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk. / Mazur/Олександр Гаврик via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Rome Newsroom, Aug 29, 2023 / 10:34 am (CNA).

Pope Francis made the comment while speaking off the cuff during a live video conference with Russian youth Aug. 25.