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CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

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Celebrities ready to hit the road as Easter pilgrims

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Pope to give online Urbi et Orbi blessing

Pope Francis is to deliver a solemn blessing normally reserved for Easter and Christmas later on Friday. "We want to respond to the virus pandemic with the universality of prayer," a message posted on the Pope's official Twitter account said. The hour-long service of...

Pandemic casts spotlight on a nearly forgotten martyr: St Corona

She had become nearly forgotten. Little is known about the young woman who was killed for her Christian faith, presumably in the second century A.D. But now, a pandemic is shedding light on her: St Corona. The German Catholic news agency KNA reports the Church’s...

Pope orders early prison release for priest convicted in VatiLeaks II

Pope Francis granted clemency to a Spanish monsignor who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking confidential Vatican documents.

Mgr Lucio Vallejo Balda, former secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, was given ‘conditional freedom’ with his early release from a Vatican prison cell, the Vatican press office said in a written statement late on 20th December.

Given that the monsignor has already served “more than half” of his sentence, ‘the Holy Father Francis has granted him conditional release,’ that is, a form of ‘clemency which allows him to regain his freedom’ under certain conditions for the remainder of his sentence, the statement said. The early release did not mean his criminal record would be expunged or ‘erased’, it added.

Beginning the evening of 20th December, ‘the priest will leave prison and will cease’ to have any kind of connection as an employee or working relationship with the Holy See and will immediately be back under the jurisdiction of his bishop in the Diocese of Astorga, Spain.

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CAFOD takes its activities online as world stays home

With the onset of the coronavirus leaving many spending more time inside, organisations have swung into action moving their activities online, including UK charity CAFOD, which hopes its digital events and resources will unite international communities. The Covid-19...

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She had become nearly forgotten. Little is known about the young woman who was killed for her Christian faith, presumably in the second century A.D. But now, a pandemic is shedding light on her: St Corona. The German Catholic news agency KNA reports the Church’s...