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World Dec 25Surging COVID cases, ‘jingle jabs’ make for somber Christmas
In the United States, many churches canceled in-person services, but for those that did have in-person worship, clerics reported smaller but significant attendance.
World Dec 24Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass as virus surges in Italy
A maskless Francis processed down the central aisle of the basilica as the Sistine Chapel choir sang “Noel,” kicking off the Vatican’s Christmas holiday that commemorates the birth of Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem.
World Dec 17Gloves come off as Pope Francis pushes for Vatican reforms
Pope Francis is celebrating his 85th birthday. It's a milestone made even more remarkable given the coronavirus pandemic, his summertime intestinal surgery and the weight of history.
World Dec 05Pope chides Europe, comforts migrants on return to Lesbos
Pope Francis returned Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos to offer comfort to migrants at a refugee camp and blast what he said was Europe’s indifference and self-interest “that condemns to death those on the fringes.”…
World Oct 30Biden receives Communion in Rome amid debate in US
The Bidens visited the English-speaking church that is the main place of worship for the American Catholic community in Rome and located near the U.S. Embassy. The president stopped in between events at the Group of 20 world leaders' summit…
World Oct 29Biden says Pope Francis supports him receiving Communion
The world's two most notable Roman Catholics discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and poverty during their session Friday.
World Oct 12EU pledges 1 billion euros for Afghan people at virtual G-20
The European Union warned that humanitarian aid for Afghans won't suffice in itself to keep hunger at bay as winter approaches after the bloc announced a support package worth 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion).
World Sep 12Pope to Orban’s Hungary: Open your arms to everyone
Francis spent just seven hours in Budapest before arriving Sunday afternoon in neighboring Slovakia to start a four-day tour. The lopsided itinerary suggested that Francis wanted to avoid giving Orban — the type of populist nationalist he frequently criticizes —…
World Sep 07Pope, patriarch and Canterbury abbot issue climate appeal
The world’s top Christian leaders have issued a joint appeal for delegates at the upcoming climate summit to “listen to the cry of the Earth” and make sacrifices to save the planet.
World Sep 07Vatican won’t say if women can vote in 2023 church meeting
For years, women activists and even nuns have pressed to be able to vote at Synod of Bishops meetings, which gather the Catholic hierarchy to Rome to discuss pressing issues facing the 1.3-billion strong Catholic Church.