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Portugal’s Catholic bishops approve independent clerical abuse commission

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. / Kate Veik/CNA.

Fatima, Portugal, Nov 12, 2021 / 03:30 am (CNA).

The move followed an appeal by more than 200 Portuguese Catholics.

Spanish bill that would criminalize prayer near abortion clinics called a 'danger to democracy'

A 40 Days for Life prayer vigil outside an abortion clinic in Madrid. / Twitter 40 días por la vida.

Madrid, Spain, Nov 11, 2021 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

An international 40 Days for Life director has said a bill proposed by the ruling Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party that would criminalize “harassment” of women entering abortion clinics is a “threat to democracy.”

Catholics invited to make pilgrimage in Dante’s footsteps in anniversary year

A guide to Dante’s Walk, a 235-mile route from Ravenna to Florence in Italy. / Terre di Mezzo.

Ravenna, Italy, Nov 11, 2021 / 04:20 am (CNA).

Dante’s Walk is a 235-mile route between the Italian cities of Ravenna and Florence.

Polish Catholic bishops’ leader calls for ‘fervent prayer’ for end to Belarus border crisis

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference, pictured in Warsaw Feb. 12, 2020. / episkopat.pl.

Warsaw, Poland, Nov 10, 2021 / 15:00 pm (CNA).

Thousands of migrants are seeking entry to Poland.

Number of foreign-born Catholic priests in Italy continues to rise

Pope Francis ordains 10 men to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica on May 7, 2017. / Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Rome, Italy, Nov 10, 2021 / 14:00 pm (CNA).

The total number of priests has falled by 11% in the last decade.

The poor will be at the heart of Pope Francis’ fifth visit to Assisi

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi on Oct. 3, 2020. / Vatican Media.

Rome Newsroom, Nov 10, 2021 / 13:00 pm (CNA).

The pope will travel to the hometown of his namesake, St. Francis, on Nov. 12.

Cardinal and police chief agree to create group reviewing last rites access for priests at crime scenes

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and London police chief Cressida Dick meet outside of Westminster Cathedral, Nov. 9, 2021. / Mazur/cbcew.org.uk.

London, England, Nov 10, 2021 / 12:00 pm (CNA).

The agreement was reached in the wake of lawmaker Sir David Amess’ death.

Catholic Church in Belarus urges prayers for migrants

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Minsk, Belarus, Nov 10, 2021 / 06:22 am (CNA).

The Church's website said that ‘a real humanitarian crisis is unfolding on the borders of our country.’

Traditionis custodes: Rome diocese bans Traditional Latin Mass for Easter Triduum

Mass during the 10th annual Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to Rome, Oct. 29-31, 2021. / Edward Pentin.

Rome, Italy, Nov 10, 2021 / 04:20 am (CNA).

No other sacraments may be celebrated according to the pre-Vatican II missal except the Mass.

Open comment on Northern Ireland abortion clinic buffer zone bill ends soon, critics warn

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, Nov 9, 2021 / 17:01 pm (CNA).

Peaceful sidewalk efforts to reach women considering an abortion are in peril if a proposed “draconian” Northern Ireland bill passes, pro-life advocates have warned, calling for concerned citizens to respond to the public comment period ending on Friday, Nov. 12.