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Foreign bishops respond to German intercommunion proposal

Foreign bishops respond to German intercommunion proposal

CNA/EWTN News

Several bishops from outside Germany have critiqued a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some limited circumstances, citing the proposal’s effects on their own local Churches.

The proposal has been championed by Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who announced in February that the German bishops’ conference would publish a pastoral handout that allows Protestant spouses of Catholics "in individual cases" and "under certain conditions" to receive Holy Communion,…

Wounded veterans seek healing and peace in the waters of Lourdes

Wounded veterans seek healing and peace in the waters of Lourdes

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American veterans in search of healing attended a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, through the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus.

Among the pilgrims was Charles Baldinger, a West Point-educated infantry officer who had to retire due to Stage 4 brain cancer.

“We came for physical healing with my right side and speech. We got spiritual healing and strength for the journey instead and it was more important,” he said in a video recap for the…

UK bishop says rejection of assisted suicide in Guernsey is an answer to prayer

UK bishop says rejection of assisted suicide in Guernsey is an answer to prayer

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After debate this week, the Guernsey legislature has moved to reject a proposed legalization of physician assisted suicide on the island, drawing praise from the local bishop.

“Delighted to learn that Guernsey has rejected the proposals for physician assisted suicide and euthanasia!” said Bishop Philip Egan on Twitter May 18.

“Thanks be to God for answering our prayer during this Great Novena leading to Pentecost,” Egan continued.

Egan is the bishop of nearby Portsmouth, whose diocese encompasses Guernsey.…

All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

By Elise Harris, CNA/EWTN News

At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country's abuse scandal for forgiveness and presented written resignations to the pope, who must decide whether to accept or reject them.

In a written May 18 statement, the bishops thanked Pope Francis for his “paternal listening and fraternal correction,” and asked forgiveness for the pain caused from victims, the pope, the People of God and the country because…

Church pleads for prayers ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum

Church pleads for prayers ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum

By CNA/EWTN News

With a referendum vote that could legalize abortion in Ireland just days away, the country’s clergy and Church leaders are asking the world for prayers.

In a video message posted to YouTube, Irish priest Father Marius O’Reilly appeals to Catholics and Christians around the world to pray for the country of Ireland ahead of the vote, particularly through praying the rosary and offering Masses.

O’Reilly noted that while other countries have legalized abortion through legislation or court decisions, “Ireland…

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans’ parents

Peaceful protests outside hospital to support Alfie Evans’ parents

By CNA/EWTN News

Amid a tense battle over medical care for gravely ill toddler Alfie Evans, hundreds of protestors crowded outside Alder Hey Children's Hospital this week in support of the child and his parents.  

Evans, who is 23 months, suffers from an unidentified degenerative neurological condition, has been under continuous hospitalization since December 2016.

His parents wish for him to continue receiving care and to take him to the Bambino Gesu hospital in Rome, but officials at Alder…

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

Archbishop Fisher: Priests will suffer punishment before breaking confessional seal

By CNA/EWTN News

Amid attacks on the seal of confession in Australia, Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has said priests will suffer punishment before betraying their sacred obligations.

Confession “is threatened today both by neglect and attack. But priests will, we know, suffer punishment, even martyrdom, rather than break the seal of Confession,” Archbishop Fisher said April 1 during his homily for Easter Sunday at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

“For Confession is a privileged encounter between penitent and God; here the…

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

Priest killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, another freed

By CNA/EWTN News

Armed men burst into a church meeting room in the North Kivu region April 8 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and killed 38-year-old Fr. Étienne Sengiyumva, the parish pastor.

Bishop Théophile Kaboy Ruboneka of Goma, in North Kivu Province announced the news to the Vatican’s Fides News Agency

"After celebrating the Mass at Kyahemba, a district in his parish, around 3pm, Fr. Étienne was meeting with his parish staff, when an armed man, accompanied by…

Alfie Evans’ parents say he is improving, as hospital seeks date to end life support

Alfie Evans’ parents say he is improving, as hospital seeks date to end life support

By CNA/EWTN News

As the parents of a sick toddler fight for continued treatment, saying that he is showing signs of improvement, the hospital where he is staying is requesting court permission to end his life support. At 23 months old, Alfie Evans has been under continuous hospitalization since December 2016. He is in a “semi-vegetable state” due to an unknown neurological degenerative condition. His parents, Kate James and Tom Evans, say that he has recently grown “stronger and more…

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