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Pope Francis asks businesses to support working women: They’re ‘afraid to get pregnant’

Pope Francis addressed a group of Italian entrepreneurs Monday, Sept. 12, 2022, about the need to support working mothers. / Vatican Media

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 12, 2022 / 11:51 am (CNA).

He sounded the alarm on low birth rates and encouraged companies to support pregnant employees.

Turbulent scenes and votes for homosexuality, women’s ordination at German Synodal Way

Bishop Georg Bätzing, Irme Stetter-Karp, Bischop Franz-Josef Bode at the “Synodal Way” meeting on Sept. 9 2022 in Frankfurt, Germany. / Synodaler Weg / Maximilian von Lachner

CNA Newsroom, Sep 12, 2022 / 10:00 am (CNA).

The three-day event was overshadowed by turbulent scenes and early departures over the handling of contentious issues.

On this day almost 800 years ago, the practice of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament began

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CNA Newsroom, Sep 11, 2022 / 08:00 am (CNA).

On September 11, 1226, King Louis VII asked to expose the Blessed Sacrament as a way to celebrate victory over the Albigensians, a sect that flourished in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries.

Synodal Way votes to establish permanent Synodal Council to oversee Church and dioceses in Germany

The cross of the German “Synodal Way” / Maximilian von Lachner / Synodaler Weg

CNA Newsroom, Sep 10, 2022 / 21:28 pm (CNA).

In a move aimed at achieving what critics have compared to communist councils in the Soviet Union, participants of the German Synodal Way on Saturday voted to create a Synodal Council. 

Why this saint is the patron of souls in purgatory

The baroque fresco of St. Nicholas of Tolentino by Morazzone, 16th century, in the side nave of Chiesa di San Agostino (Basilica of St. Augustine) in Rome. / Renata Sedmakova/Shutterstock

St. Louis, Mo., Sep 10, 2022 / 06:00 am (CNA).

For St. Nicholas of Tolentino, the Catholic imperative to pray for the dead was made very real to him.

Bishops from across the Commonwealth of Nations pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II re-opens Borders Railway, Sept. 9, 2015. / Scottish Government via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Birmingham, England, Sep 9, 2022 / 16:00 pm (CNA).

Catholic officials from Commonwealth countries around the world have expressed their sorrow and offered their prayers in response to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

After sex document at German Synodal Way is blocked, organizers vow to ‘take it to’ Rome

Bishop Georg Bätzing watches ZdK president Irme Stetter-Karp speak at the Synodal Way assembly in Frankfurt, Germany, Sept 8. 2022 / Synodaler Weg / Maximilian von Lachner

CNA Newsroom, Sep 9, 2022 / 09:02 am (CNA).

The document pushed for changes to the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, bisexuality, gender identity, and masturbation.

Catholic leaders remember Queen Elizabeth II’s Christian faith

Queen Elizabeth II films her traditional Christmas broadcast to the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace on Dec. 19, 2001 in London, England. / Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 8, 2022 / 14:56 pm (CNA).

The pope and bishops around the world also praised the late queen’s steadfast devotion to her country throughout her 70-year reign.

Pope Francis praises Queen Elizabeth’s ‘steadfast witness of faith in Jesus Christ’

Queen Elizabeth greets Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2014. / Vatican Media

St. Louis, Mo., Sep 8, 2022 / 13:58 pm (CNA).

Pope Francis in a telegram late Thursday offered his condolences and prayers upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the head of the Church of England.

Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates the start of the Platinum Jubilee during a reception in the Ballroom of Sandringham House on Feb. 5, 2022, in King's Lynn, England. The Queen came to the throne on Feb. 6, 1952. She died Sept. 8, 2022, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. / Photo Joe Giddens / by WPA Pool/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 8, 2022 / 11:34 am (CNA).

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, and the oldest and longest-serving head of state in the world, died at the age of 96 Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after a brief illness.